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Are All Bible Women Bad

How should you reply to someone who thinks that women are seen in only a negative view in the Bible? Example, Eve was the cause for Original Sin?

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There was definitely one Woman who was the best and most holy Woman on Earth and a true follower of Christ who happened to be Her Son....
---Caring on 11/8/07

Eve wasn't bad. She made a poor decision and God shared the whole world with her and continued to allow her to make a choice. I didn't view Mary as being a negative person.
---brene7657 on 11/8/07

/1/ So, was Tamar doing the right thing? First, it seems somewhat weird how God dealt with those in this family that would one day become the nation of Israel: While God helped Joseph in Egypt and he fled from the advances of Potifer's wife, Judah thought nothing of being with a harlot in/from another country, yet wanted to kill Tamar when he thought she was one! You have to wonder what Er was like to deserve death yet not his father; who, don't forget, wanted to kill his brother Joseph before [cont.]
---danie9374 on 12/4/06

/2/ selling him into slavery! Praise God for His countless acts of mercy! Anyway, by the customs of that time, Tamar had every right to marry the remaining son of Judah because her two former husbands never gave her a child. It was Judah, once again, who was breaking the 'law' at that time, by keeping it from happening, so he had no right to be upset with Tamar as he said (Gen.38:26). She felt it necessary to do what she did, but Scripture never calls it right; only that she was much better than Judah.
---danie9374 on 12/4/06

lily, better go back to SCRIPTURE and read Gen.38: Judah (son of Israel, brother of Joseph) was not a king! After sending Joseph to Egypt, Judah married and had 3 sons. Tamar (one 'm', not two) married Judah's firstborn 'Er,' but he 'was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD took his life' (38:7); 'evil' doesn't necessarily mean 'cruel' (esp. to his wife, as your post sort of implies). ONLY two of Judah's sons died; not all 3, but you're correct that she tricked Judah into giving her a child.
---danie9374 on 12/4/06

Tammar was a beautiful, patient and loving woman of the bible. She married the cruel sons of the king whom one by one died, then she tricked the king on the side of the road and had a son by him. Amazing
---lily on 12/3/06

I'm a man who believes G_d ordained men as the head of women/their wives in His perfect will for mankind, though many women for whatever the reason have become the 'spiritual' head of their husbands [without usurping his authority/& in other area's too]. I would tell her she watches too much secular news, tv etc, 1) get the beam out of her eyes [so she can read], 2) get a bible, 3) read it, 4) repent, start/get a new life in Christ Jesus! No sliding scale in G_d's word!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 11/26/06

I found another GOOD woman!
1 Samuel 25:3
Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.
Great story!
---kathr4453 on 11/18/06

Esther wasn't bad neither was Hannah Ruth Lydia and Elizabeth and Mary the mother of our saviour not all men were good either,pharoh Herod the many who started wars judas iscariot there are others but these spring to mind immediately
---doree4573 on 11/17/06

Jack, m.p.a. and jared are correct. Gen 3:6 states: And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

How long was Eve's arm when she "GAVE ALSO TO HER HUSBAND WITH HER?" Jack, do the words with her mean anything to you?
---Donna9759 on 11/16/06

Jack Gen. 3:6 reads "she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." We are told that it was through Adam that sin entered the world. I believe that his sin was the greater because God had told him (prior to creating Eve) that the fruit of that tree was not to be eaten.
---m.p.a. on 11/16/06

I'm pretty sure Adam was right with her, and didn't speak up (or wasn't paying attention) Gen. says that he was there with her. I would give Eve alittle credit, adam didn't tell her the command of God clearly (since it doesn't say that God told Eve only adam) Original sin therefore is adam's fault not eve's
---Jared on 11/15/06

Jack is right. We have no evidence of Adam's whereabouts but Eve did offer it to him after she took it and he ate too.
1Tim.2 is clear that the woman was the first sinner and God's curse to her in the garden supports this. Adam followed in doing the same thing as Eve but she did it first.
I see the greatest acts of faith in the Bible done by women. They are not seen as negative to me at all.
---john on 11/15/06

We are spirit beings in body form it isnt men/women bad/right it is choice. There are tons of women in the Bible good. Eve fell for the lies & Adam ate freely he was in charge of the garden/animals/Eve. When this happend Who did God go looking for-- Adam? He said Adam where are You? He knew where Adam was it is deeper then just that He was asking him Adam where are U "spirit wise" He is God he knew where he hid, he was showing him something deeper. So remember when U sin God says where are U?
---Jeanne on 11/15/06

** Eve wasn't the only one standing there, Adam was right next to her and "he took of the fruit and ate." He should have smacked that fruit right out of her hand. Amen?**

Wrong. No Amen.

Donna, please give the Bible reasons you believe that Adam was standing right there at the time.

There's no reason to suppose, from the internal evidence and text itself, that he didn't come around later.
---Jack on 11/15/06


There are as many examples of "good" women in the Bible as there are of "bad" women. Anyone who states that the bible views women in a negative light has obviously not read the bible. I won't give names as they have already been given below. A study of the Word would confirm that there are many women to be admired in its pages. Also, there are no really "good" women or men - just those who repent and believe. THAT is the central message of the bible.
---Crystal on 11/14/06

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Tell them about Esther and Ruth and Mary. Tell them how St Paul when he wrote letters to church leaders included women in his correspondence. It's not so much the bible that put down women but the religions.
---grace3869 on 11/14/06

Thank you for your responses. I took a class, and the teacher was a Feminist. Her take on the Bible was that it's anti-woman. I don't feel this way, but I was looking for helpful advice on how to respond to someone with this belief. I'm still unsure as to how to respond should someone come at me with this in the future.
---Michelle on 11/14/06

Eve wasn't the only one standing there, Adam was right next to her and "he took of the fruit and ate." He should have smacked that fruit right out of her hand. Amen?
There are many good women in the bible. Sarah, Rachel, Rahab who hid the spies, Ruth, Esther, Mary, Elizabeth, Deborah who ran the nation as a judge, The woman who raised Moses when she found him in a basket, God always has good women doing things for him, amen?
---Donna9759 on 11/14/06

What about good women like Martha, Ruth, Esther,Mary etc
---David on 11/14/06

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the women who poured the perfume on Jesus. Mary, there was a leader of the Jews in the Old Testement i think and i think she lead the army to victory. how about Sarah, Abrahams wife.

why do you believe in original sin? i don't think we are born with sin but i think we are born with a sinful nature.
---tony on 11/14/06

They should perhaps do a bible study on women in the bible. They'd probably be very surprised.
---grace3869 on 11/13/06

Esther saved the Nation of Israel. Mary gave birth to the Messiah. Moses' wife saved his child by circumsizing him. God tells men to love their wives. Tell whoever says this that it was not through Woman that sin entered the world but through Man the earth is cursed because Adam sinned Christ had to be crucified because Adam sinned. See if that changes their perspective.
---Ryan on 11/13/06

While Eve was seduced by the serpent, it doesn't make her evil. It doesn't make Adam evil for partaking with her. It does make them part of God's plan. It appears women alone have negative rolls unless we look at both men & women. We (humans)have had faults since Eden. Rather than concentrate on faults, learn from them. See them as tools to learn of salvation. I picture all mankind as seeds to be planted next year. The Planter needs the chaff removed and has a Master plan to do it...
---mikefl on 11/13/06

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There is a book which outlines the deeds of the women in the Bible considered to be trouble makers. It is entitled "Bad Girls of the Bible". It is authored by Liz Curtis Higgs.

There is also a book entitled "Women of the Bible". It outlines the life and times of every woman in the Bible. It is authored by Sue Poorman Richards and Lawrence O. Richards
Very interesting reading.
---lynet on 11/13/06

Just like men, some women are spoken of negatively, and some are spoken of quite postively.

Women are no more "only bad" in the Bible than men are "only good."

And I believe that "original sin" has a different meaning from what is implied here, but that's a different issue.
---Jack on 11/13/06

Suggest they read about the women of the Bible. How many were bad, by comparison with the good ones. I would say they are much in a minority.
---AlanUK_quent5969 on 11/13/06

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