Matthew 27: 55-56
Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
The first students of Jesus were all men. But within the three years of the ministry of the Son of man, his close followers had increased. There was also many women who followed him, and care for his needs. Three of the most prominent disciples of Jesus, were three women. The three Mary`s. They were not only present in Jerusalem on the day of the crucifixion. The first person to meet the risen Lord was Mary Magdalane. Get out of your blood that He only wants men in his Royal priesthood.
Thanks, Ivar. It is obvious that women played an extraordinarily large part (for its day–when women were thought to be little better than animals) in the New Testament church. Jesus had great compassion for women and many Christians, down through the centuries, are responsible for working to elevate the status of women. Think not? Just go to any nation where the gospel has not played much or any part in the forming of the cultural milieu. It has only been the influence of Judeo-Christian ethics that has continuously improved the lot of women.
During the days of the Roman Empire, it was somewhat common for men to murder their wives and pay no penalty for it. It is still somewhat common today in some areas of India, even though the government there is trying to crack down on the “dowry murders”. Christians are a tiny minority of the Indian population. Only two of the provinces of India contain a significant number of Christians. Life in those two provinces is in marked contrast to the other provinces.
I do not like religious people telling my sisters in the Messiah, that men are better students than females. We surely have different tasks to play in His body, but in Him we are equals.
Amen, Ivar. 🙂
Baloney, Ivar. Not one of those women was an apostle. They were followers of Christ who ministered to His needs. Not to the needs of the people.
Where does Catholicism say that men are better than women? You cannot have it both ways. The most exalted woman in Catholicism is Mary. You guys say we give her too much, and yet now you want to criticize because we don’t ordain women? Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, I guess…