Woman Made for God’s Glory Not Man’s

There’s only one passage in the Bible which says that woman was made for man’s glory – in the notoriously misunderstood 1st letter of Paul to  Corinth.

It contradicts what we are told in  Isaiah, that woman was made for God’s glory. Let’s compare the quotes –

This is not the only passage in 1st Corinthians which is in conflict with other scripture.  The entire notion of women being secondary to men or having a lesser glory, conflicts with the teachings of Jesus – that in Christ we are born again and our natural birth is of no consequence –

“To all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of blood, nor of the desire or will of man, but born of God.” John 1:12-13

In one of the most dreadful scenarios possible for women, Churches down the ages have largely followed the wrong teachings of the ignorant men of Corinth (who were elevating themselves above women) mistakenly thinking they were following Paul’s advice.

The wrong teachings of the church were matters that Paul quoted and corrected –

“Now for the matters you wrote about”. 1 Cor. 7:1

It’s high time people stopped blindly  following traditions because they can’t discern who is saying what in 1st Corinthians. The real message of the Bible is  amazing – a message that gives equality to Jews, Gentiles, Slaves and women –

 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Gal. 3:28-29

For a fuller explanation of how Paul was correcting wrong teachings  at Corinth – See:  Context of Writings Silencing Women



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5 Responses to Woman Made for God’s Glory Not Man’s

  1. pw6155 says:

    Thank you that is a great reasoned explanation Kind regards in Christ Peter Witton Sent from my Galaxy


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  3. Hi Robin,

    I was reading some of your blogs on 1 Corinthians 11. I also believe that Paul quotes throughout his first letter to those at Corinth so its nice to know that we are in agreement on that. You make some really great points and always give Scripture to back up what you say. But may I tell you how I believe Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 11:3-16? I believe that 1 Corinthians 11:3-16 consists as three parts. They are as follows:

    Verse 3 – Paul’s model (where the figurative meaning of “head” is “source/origin”).
    Verses 4-6 – Paul quotes a faction of men from Corinth who wrote him. (The men wanted women to be veiled while they prayed and prophesied and had made a literal “head” argument to Paul.)
    Verses 7-16 – Paul’s rebuttal, where he refers back to his model.

    So when Paul says in verse 7 that a man ought not to veil his head since he is the image and glory of God, I believe he is referring back to his model (vs. 3 where he says that Christ is the “head” of every man) and is using Jesus Christ as a correlation as to why women should not be veiled. In other words, Paul is saying 7″For a man indeed ought not to veil his head (Jesus Christ) because He (Jesus Christ) is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of man (so she ought not to be veiled either). The Bible states that it is Jesus Christ, not man, who is the image and glory of God. (Please see 2 Cor. 4:4, Col. 1:15, Heb. 1:3, Rev. 21:23.) Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh, therefore, it is Jesus Christ alone who IS the image of the invisible God. Male and female are created IN God’s image, but only Jesus Christ IS the image and glory of God.

    Paul then goes on to give the reasons as to why a woman is a man’s glory (vss. 8-9), and then silences the men’s pride (vs. 10). He then tells the men that God has purposefully given men and women interdependent origins (so that neither should boast) (vss. 11-12). Paul then goes on to tell the men that it is proper for a woman to pray to God unveiled (vss. 13-15). And that if they are inclined to be contentious, they have no such practice (of requiring women to veil) nor have the churches of God (vs.16).

    So this is how I believe this passage goes. If you would like to read more on this I have explained this passage in great detail in the third chapter of my book, “Woman the Glory of Man.” But thank you for all the hard work and study you are doing to bring freedom to women.

    Your sister in Christ,

    Kristen M. Dugas


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