Twisted bible verses found in the Patriarchal bible
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In some Christian circles, Patriarchy is a big deal. Here is a description of it (penned by Ps Jeff Crippen):
The term “patriarch” is a valid, historic word with a simple, non-philosophical meaning. A patriarch is a “first father” and it refers to the “fathers” or founders of some movement, institution, or political entity. George Washington was a “founding father” of the U.S.A. and thus, a patriarch. In this sense, “patriarch” can be a broad term that theoretically could include a woman who was one of the founders of something.
But when we use the word “patriarch” and add various suffixes to it, the thing morphs into something else entirely. Patriarchal, patriarchy, patriarchalism, and so on. These words describe a society of some kind (a family, a nation, a local church, etc) in which father not only knows best, but is best. And, more properly, where men are best in contrast to women. Patriarchy in a family, for instance, exalts the husband to an innately (by virtue of being male) superior status above his wife (by virtue of her being female). In a patriarchal society then, men are seen as entitled to power and control over women. It is the man, the husband, the father whose mission in life truly matters to God, and therefore the woman, the wife, the mother, the children exist to further that mission. Their personhood, in other words, does not exist independently, nor even symbiotically, but rather as an “attachment” to the main program.
This is all in contrast to the biblical teaching that both men and women are created in the image of God. Neither is it an accurate application of the scripture’s doctrine of a husband being the head of his wife which, in contrast, emphasizes that headship as working itself out in loving, sacrificial service apart from a lording it over. Patriarchy denies the reality of the Apostle Paul’s words:
Gal 3:28-29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
This text is distorted frequently of course. There ARE differences between men and women! But Paul reminds us here that there is no “—archy” of any kind in Christ. There is no “power over.” In fact, other scriptures tell us that the “archy-ites” (the ones who are first now) will be “eschat-ites” (last ones) in the kingdom. Men and women, husbands and wives, parents and children, all who are truly in Christ are full heirs of every blessing in the heavenly places, and in the new creation which is on its way.
So, when we use the term Patriarchy we are referring to the version of male headship which so vaunts the principle of male leadership that it easily becomes a toxic breeding ground for an unChristlike male privilege worldview.
We are joining today with several other abuse activists in cyberspace — the blogs Spiritual Sounding Board & The Wartburg Watch, and the I Will Stand page on Facebook — to publish simultaneous posts on Twisted bible verses found in the Patriarchal Bible. Click on each of these links to read the other activists’ posts.
Of course, you can’t go into you local Christian bookstore and buy The Patriarchal Bible. To our knowledge there is no book published with that title. But there is a Patriarchal Bible in the minds of many ‘c’hristians who are twisting the Bible to justify their self-serving beliefs in male-entitlement and male supremacy.
Note: Many Christians believe the Bible endorses male leadership in the home and the church, often called ‘male headship’; other Christians believe that the Bible teaches equality in gender roles and that leadership roles should emanate from a person’s gifts rather than their gender. At this blog we steer clear of this heated debate other than by saying what we think male headship and female submission are NOT. Today’s post is not a change in our policy regarding our choice to sidestep that controversial debate; it only addresses the kind of male headship in Christendom which so easily morphs into toxic male supremacy and treats women as second class citizens.
Here are a few twisted verses we detect in the attitudes and teachings of Patriarchal ‘c’hristians:
Trigger warning — this may bring up tough memories for some of our readers.
To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be to control your husband.” And to the man he said “And you must rule over your wife.” (twisted by conflating Genesis 3:16 and 4:7)
What Genesis 3:16 really says is as follows; God is addressing Eve, not Adam:
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” [The word ‘desire’ in that verse simply means desire, longing; it does not have to imply that woman’s desire is to control her husband.]
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Since the husband is the ‘head,’ like Christ is the head of the church, whatever a husband does to his wife is right. In fact, it is loving. (twisted from Ephesians 5:22-24)
The last two sentences in the paragraph above (the ones in bold) are not in the Bible. They are fantasies in the Patriarchal mind.
. . . do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son. Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined . . . then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. A husband can discipline his wife, punishing her in whatever way he chooses when he thinks she needs correction, because it is good for her to be disciplined. She should see that discipline as love, not as cruelty. She should welcome it because it will help her be a better wife. (twisted from Hebrews 12:5-8 and Proverbs 13:4)
Again, the bold words above are illegitimately added by the Patriarchalists.
If the wife says she has not done anything to deserve punishment, she is claiming to be without sin; she is deceiving herself and the truth is not in her. If she claims to not have sinned, she is making her husband out to be a liar, and God’s word has no place in her. (twisted from 1 John 1: 6-10)
In my opinion, abusers need to apply 1 John 1: 6-10 to themselves, not their victims. The passage actually says:
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. Since the husband is to be like Christ to his wife, the husband can use violence against his wife when he is displeased with her. (twisted from Matthew 21:12; twisting in bold)
All women are deceived and cannot know the truth. So whatever a woman believes, the opposite is true. A wife should let her husband do the thinking for her; it is her responsibility to carry out his decisions without question — to question her husband, even in her own heart, is to question God. (twisted from 1 Tim. 2:13-14)
Here is the actual wording of 1 Tim. 2:13-14
For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
Adam was not deceived: he ate the fruit with full consciousness that he was sinning. Eve, however, was deceived: she ate without full consciousness that she was sinning. This relates to the teaching that we all fell in Adam (not in Eve) sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin (Rom 5:12) and the first Adam/last Adam teaching in 1 Cor. 15:45-49.
Whatever happens in the marital bed is honorable. Coercion, threats, sodomy, making the wife dress up as a schoolgirl or a prostitute, beating, whipping, rape — it’s all pure because it’s done in the marital bed. (twisted from Hebrews 13:4)
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. (Hebrews 13:4)
The verse clearly is saying that married persons must take especial care to keep the marriage bed pure by not indulging in adultery and sexual immorality of any kind. That would include pornography and unnatural practices like sodomy, pedophilia, homosexuality, etc.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “The chief purpose of marriage is to display the covenant-keeping love of God for the church, so make sure you put that purpose first; all the other purposes of marriage (being fruitful, multiplying, filling the earth and subduing it) are less important than the illustrative purpose of marriage. (bold wording is a twisted conflation of Genesis 1:27-28 & Ephesians 5:22-32)
For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. A woman should meet her husband’s every need, but a man does not have to meet any of his wife’s needs. (bold wording twisted from 1 Corinthians 11:8-9)
[note from Barb: I edited this post after reading a suggestion from readers on the I Will Stand FB page]
Now we’re inviting you to brainstorm: What other twisted verses do you think are in the Patriarchal bible?