Many people insist the Bible should only be read for its plain meaning on its face, and that anything else gets in the way of understanding God’s word. So they read Ephesians 5 and 1 Timothy 2 and Paul’s instructions on women and men in the church and then try to apply it to every church everywhere. Yet they ignore that Ephesus was a special kind of place with a particular goddess cult that affected greatly how men and women interacted in all levels of religion, society, culture and business.
Of course, most of those same people will tell you that other passages – such as on slavery – can and should be understood in their historical context. But not when it comes to the roles of women and men. For those people, I’ve created this:
If I get tossed out the theological window for it, I will put my hope in the One who said I will fly like an eagle.
Which is another passage that is not to be taken literally, from what I can tell.