If the Bible had been written by a woman, would it not have been different? Most think it would have been completely different. I believe the bible teaches otherwise.
The Bible places woman in a subordinate position. The world states that if woman had written the bible, she would have elevated woman rather than place her in a subordinate position .
God guided the men who wrote the Bible. Therefore, it is not their thoughts, intents and interpretations, but God’s. (2 Pet. 1:20,21). Peter said “knowing this first . . .” Until this fact is learned and accepted, one shall fail to gather the treasures from the scriptures that are there for him. It is my judgment that this is the principal reason for many not knowing what the scriptures teach. They view it as man’s writings and not God’s. Therefore, they do not approach it with the respect necessary to find its teachings and to gather its fruit. Paul said: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness . . . (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Its value lies in the fact that it is given by the “inspiration of God” and not of man. Man was only the device used to write the bible and not its source of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.
Man needs to be convinced of the origin of the Book, and then he can understand its contents. There is, I am convinced, ample proof of its inspiration. If a man will approach it honestly and diligently, consider its claims and then the evidence to support the claims, I believe that he will be rewarded with faith. Not faith in himself, but faith in God. Until he is decided on this point, he will not receive its teachings. Going to it thinking that it is the work of man unaided by God, then he will look at it as he would any other man’s work – with skepticism, accept what he wants, and reject the rest. Such a person shall continue to be unmoved by the Book. Herein lies the secret, I believe, to why so many are unaffected by the greatest of all books, the Bible.
If God did guide the writers of the books of the Bible, then what is written therein is the message of God to man. Thus, it matters not whether the writer was a man or woman, king or shepherd, philosopher or fisherman. This the Bible claims, and this we affirm to be the truth concerning the contents of the Bible. I affirm also, that man cannot consistently claim to believe in the Bible and at the same time reject the claims it makes regarding the divine origin of its message. The two positions are incompatible and contradictory. One person cannot logically hold both positions at the same time and be a Christian.
Paul affirms that the message he preached did not come to him by way of man, rather by the “revelation” of Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:11-13). He states that his purpose in writing was that man might “Understand” when he reads (Eph. 3: 1-5). Only the Spirit of God knows the mind of God, and that Spirit was given to the apostles, and they spoke as the Spirit gave them “utterance” (1 Cor. 2:9-13 f; Acts 2:4-40).
It is no wonder to me that men and women who reject this basic truth concerning the Bible fail to be impressed by it. This, I contend, is the very reason you cannot get a goodly portion of the people today to be particular about what they do in religion. Man’s writings are equal to, and often respected above the Bible, especially in denominations and liberal minded brethren. Possibly, we fail to begin at the proper place in teaching people. We assume that they believe the Bible to be the word of God, when in fact they do not. Until we convince them of this, it does little good to point out what the bible says. Much preaching, I suggest, goes unheeded simply because men are not convinced of the divine origin of the message. This is not always found only among denominational people. I see some of it among those who claim to be members of the “church of Christ.”
If holy women had written the bible, they would have written the same words as did holy men. Nothing would have been changed. Even so, holy women today teach younger women to love their husbands and be obedient to them. They teach them to be “Sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Tit 2:4-5) Even if holy women had written the bible, they would have remained silent in the churches and refused to usurp the authority of men because they would have obeyed the direction of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 14:33-40 f; 1 Tim 2:11-14) Holy men of God and holy women of God have one thing in common, they obey the voice of God. The voice of God is written to us in the Holy Word of God and all who speak it must follow the very words of God. (1 Pet 4:11)
What is your view of the Bible? Are you aware of its claims? Have you considered its evidence to the point you are convinced? If you have not, this may be the secret to your apathy toward it; your lack of study in it! No, it doesn’t matter if man or woman wrote the bible. All that matters is that every word contained therein emanated from God. Until you believe this, the bible will never be of any value to your soul.