“Women are property”

Considering this is 2015 and not the Middle Ages, it’s surprising to me how often I see this used. It’s often said that the Bible says that a wife is the property of her husband. Let’s look at the verse they use:

1 Corinthians 7:4 (KJV)

The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband–

“SEE?! A WOMAN BELONG TO HER HUSBAND!!! IT SAYS RIGHT THERE SHE IS PROPERTY!!!”, says the hypothetical MRA member. Well, if you would stop interrupting me and let me finish the verse, you’ll see that the Bible never calls women property.

1 Corinthians 7:4 (KJV)

The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

You see, the often shortened verse doesn’t say women are property of their husbands. Both belong to each other. It’s not a master/slave situation, it’s a partnership. Let’s take a look at the verses before that one:

1 Corinthians 7:1-3 (KJV)

Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

I don’t see “women are property” anywhere in there.

God Uses All Things For Good

Romans 8:28(KJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Every time something bad happens, people say God will use it for good. Atheists love to point to this verse when a woman has a miscarriage or there’s a major natural disaster and say, “How can God use this for good?”.

But the verse doesn’t say that. It says all things come together for good for those who love God. In other words, all things work together for blessing cookies if you love God. The individual ingredients for cookies might not be desirable by themselves, but bring them together and you have something amazing.

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

You’re probably wondering how people could take this verse out of context. I mean, how else could you interpret it? Well, for starters, it’d help if the Bible  actually said that. As Got Questions points out, Scripture actually says the opposite.

Isaiah 25:4(KJV)

For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Basically, God helps the helpless. Which makes far more sense than the “meet God halfway” I grew up being taught and believed until twenty minutes ago. Which just goes to show we’re students for life, and that you have to study God’s Word on your own instead of just going on what the pastor tells you.

Root of All Evil

My whole life I’ve heard it preached that “Money is the root of all evil”, so wanting money is a sin. Having money is a sin. Only the poor are righteous!

But the Bible does not say that. They have taken out a couple words out to change the meaning of the verse. Let’s look at the verse itself.

1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

See that? The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Greed. How many times have you been  screwed over because of money? A phone company that charges for everything you do on your phone, a store charging you to use their plastic bags, ATM fees making you buy your own money, etc.

When I registered this domain, I paid $5 to Register.com for the domain itself, $16 to keep my information private, then $15 to WordPress to even connect it to my site. That’s $36 for a $5 domain. While I know that’s still pretty cheap (a friend of mine paid $25 just for his domain with a different site…..I highly recommend Register.com), that’s a bunch of extra charges.

Another, probably better, example is my phone. I dropped it and cracked the screen back in November. I wasn’t concerned because I had insurance on my phone. I’d just go to my carrier’s store and get it replaced. I’m not going to say the name of my carrier, but I will say it’s another word for “run”. I paid $150 for my phone, but even with insurance they wanted $280 to replace the phone. The guy at the “run” store was confused when I got frustrated and walked out. That phone company just wants my money. I have another year on my contract, then I’m going with Net10.

My point is that the world we live in is filled with examples of the LOVE of money being the root of all evil. I want more money than I’m currently getting because what I’m getting now only covers my bills, I can’t even afford food. I’m relying on food pantries.

I don’t want to be a millionaire, I just want enough to live comfortably without having to worry if I’m going to have my phone cut off next month, and also be able to put some away into savings. People keep telling me “You need to manage your money better”, but you need money to manage money. I’m always broke because of bills, debts from when I couldn’t pay bills, and overdraft fees from when I tried to pay those bills anyway.

You need money to live these days. It’s not evil to want or need money. It’s evil (read: a sin) to manipulate and hurt others in order to get money.

God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle

1 Corinthians 10:13(KJV)

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

This is an often misquoted verse. Not only is it taken out of context, it’s always split in half, the second half rarely being taught. This is where people get the notion that “God will never give you more than you can handle”. The verse does not say that. It says, “but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape”.

You will receive more than you can handle, but there will always be a way to escape the situation you’re in. Maybe there’s a financially beneficial door God opens that will get you out of your debt. It’s up to you to go through the doors God opens for you.

I’ve seen countless people refusing every bit of help offered to them, then claim God hates them and that no one will help them. Don’t slam the open doors shut then blame God for your situation. A modern saying that works great here is don’t burn your bridges then complain about the island.