Issue: Gender Roles/Women in Religion
Religions: Christianity and Islam

Gender Inequality was and is currently a big problem. Throughout time, women have been discriminated against and been almost regarded as sub-human. They were always to be seen, not heard. They are seen as weak and close-minded individuals. The only thing they were good for was to birth children. If one couldn't do such an 'easy' task, they were cast out and thought to be 'impure'. Women were like dolls

Christianity
  • "26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile (Greek), neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26-28)
  • "But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine ... They [women] are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled." (Titus 2:1-5)
  • "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, ..." (Ephesians 5:22-33)

Sources:
http://www.cbeinternational.org/files/u1/resources/14-groothius-pdf.pdf
http://www.openbible.info/topics/gender_roles

Analysis:
All three set of verses are from the bible, the holy text of Christianity. The bible is in the form of short books, or chapters written and named after the people who wrote them. The first quote, verse 26, states that "... you are all children of God through faith". This is saying that everyone is equal in God's eyes because of their faith to him. God doesn't discriminate against any gender because like verse 27 states: "... who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." Anybody who is baptized (to admit into Christianity, basically purifying oneself) is seen in the eyes of God as equal to one another. The last verse, line number 28, "neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." No matter who it is, as long as you are purified and have the faith in God, everyone is seen as an equal. On the other hand, the second set of verses talk about older men and women should act and teach. "They [women] are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure/humble, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands" The first half sounds like our expectations of a lady today; teaching what is useful, practicing self-control, and remaining pure. But once you get to the end of the verse, you see "..working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands". This is saying that women should stay in the home, not working a more meaningful job and that they should become submissive to their husbands. Seeing that this is 'good', that means that they will teach their daughters and other children about being submissive and staying in the household. This doesn't completely redact the first set of verses, but it does make women seem lower than men, even though God is supposed to see everyone in the same light. The third set of verses state than women should submit to their husbands and glorify him as they would the Lord himself. "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord." clearly states that. Now, I thought that everybody is equal in Christ. I don't think people who are equal to each other would start submitting and worshiping one another. The last part of this quote states: "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word." So it switches tho whole thing about one submitting to the other. Basically, this quote is saying that man and women should submit and sacrifice for each other.


Islam
  • "O mankind! Be conscious of your Sustainer, who has created you out of one living entity (nafs), and out of it created it's mate, and out of the two spread abroad a multitude of men and women. And remain conscious of God, in whose name demand your rights from one another, and of these ties of kinship. Verily God is ever watchful over you! (4:1)"

Sources:
http://www.mwlusa.org/topics/equality/gender.html

Analysis: This quote is from the Q'uran, the holy text of Islam. This quote is similar to the explanation of the creation of Adam and Eve. Instead of stating that the woman emergaed form the man, it's never stated who came from who: " ... who has created you out of one living entity (nafs), and out of it created it's mate." It gives man and woman the same standing because it's never said who came first or who was clearly superior.

Conclusion: Both Christianity and Islam value their women. Christianity values their women, but do state that they must submit to their husbands. However, in the eyes of God, they are equal. Islam never states who came from who with the Adam and Eve situation. All religions and ideals should value their woman, for they are the future. Women are very caring people who birth and rise the future. Everyone should value women like they need to be.