Set of 3 Audio CD's
Christianity is often accused of repressing women, especially in its teachings on marriage. There are many verses in the Bible, particularly in Saint Paulâs epistles, that many today see as treating women quite negatively. Three such verses cited by Christianityâs accusers are: âWives, submit to your own husbands,â âthe wife must fear her husband,â and âI do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man.â A literal interpretation of these verses would be in direct opposition to modern societyâs view on women and marriage.
In this talk Father Kosmas explains in some detail what Saint Paul really meant by âthe wife must fear her husband.â He emphasizes that todayâs attacks on Christian marriage stem either from ignorance or from a deliberate distortion of the Churchâs teachings on the subject.Â He also answers the important question of whether Saint Paul means that women are never permitted to teach men or to have authority over men in the workplace.
The following questions are also discussed: how do women react when irresponsible husbands allow them to take over responsibility for the family? What did a great saint mean when he described men as âwild lionsâ in need of taming? Why do many men find it difficult to love and care for their wives? Does a person ever have the right to reprimand or punish their spouse? How should one treat a spouse who is not fulfilling his or her duties? What is meant by âspouses have to spit bloodâ?Â
Other points covered in this talk include: how most couples today desire harmony in their marriages above all else; an account of a woman whose husbandâs lack of affection and attentiveness drove her to have an affair; how the teachings of feminism are better known than the teachings of the Church; how more and more women are finding it difficult to open up to their husbands; a saintâs criticism of forced obedience in marriage; and how a great saint once said, âWhat kind of marriage can there be when the wife is afraid of her husband?â