Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Opus 2011-131, Koran Klarifications: Women

Islam is a religion of total male dominance. 
“Men are superior to women on account of the qualities with which God hath gifted the one above the other, and on account of the outlay they make from their substance for them. Virtuous women are obedient, careful, during the husband's absence, because God hath of them been careful.  But chide those for whose refractoriness ye have cause to fear; remove them into beds apart, and scourge them:  but if they are obedient to you, then seek not occasion against them: verily, God is High, Great!”  Surah 4, “Women,” verse 34
Next time you see a picture of a large mass of Muslims in a public area take a close look.  Unless it is a carefully staged picture with mainly women, you will rarely see a woman in the crowd.  Women are not allowed to mingle with men who are not in their family.  It is true.  Believe it even if you don’t believe in it.

When the Bible talks about the creation of the human race, it is clear to point out that both men and women have the image of God.
(Genesis 1:27 KJV)  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The Bible does talk about the husband being the head of the house but that is balanced by other statements that do not allow the man to feel like he is a dictator.  For instance:
(Galatians 3:28 KJV)  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Islam discounts women’s value before the law.
“And they who shall accuse their wives, and have no witnesses but themselves, the testimony of each of them shall be a testimony by God four times repeated, that he is indeed of them that speak the truth.”  Surah 24, “Light” verse 6
It takes four women to counteract the word of one man.  You can see how this would make it hard to convict a man of rape or any other kind of abuse.  A woman has nothing she can say.

It is amazing to me that feminist organizations are not loud and unified in their criticism of Islam.  It may be out there, but I haven’t heard it.

All Koran quotes are from the translation by Rev. J.M. Rodwell, M.A. provided by the Gutenberg Project.

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