Just as the totality of an avalanche is inescapable so the totality of what the scriptures affirm about the god given equal authority of men and women is inescapable. Does the bible say that men and women are equal.
The bible makes it clear right from the beginning that god sees men and women as spiritually equal.
Are men and women equal according to the bible. Yes men and women are equal in god s eyes in that both men and women are created in the image and likeness of god genesis 1 27. Redeemed men and women are equally forgiven equally indwelt by the holy spirit equally invited before the throne of grace and equally heirs of god galatians 3 28. Male and female are equal as god s image bearers.
But in other areas of life i still struggle with feelings of inferiority because of certain comparisons used in the bible. Men and women are also equally sinners in need of grace and salvation. But the very fact that god created human beings in the dual modality of male and female cautions us against an unqualified equation of the two sexes.
It is not just the passages explicitly about women considered above. I know the bible clearly states that men and women are equal in their standing before god as far as salvation. The bible teaches both men and women to exercise authority humbly as the spirit leads and as christ commands.
Both are made in his image genesis 1 27 both are separated from him by sin and need a savior romans 3 23 both may be redeemed through christ and receive the holy spirit making them heirs of god galatians 3 27 29. Biblical evidence for the equal standing of men and women in the life of the church is inescapable. They are spiritually equal which is quite sufficient a basis for mutual respect between the sexes.