“So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27
One of the questions we’ve had a few times this year is about whether God, or Christianity, is misogynistic. And our answer is no.
The idea that it’s misogynistic often seems to come from the letters. Which is fair enough. Especially when, in modern society, women can expect to have exactly the same role as men.
But here’s where the difference is.
God created mankind in his own image. So we were created in God’s image. And we were created male and female. We were created differently. And yet we have equal worth.
It’s also good to remember that the Bible devotes books to the worth of women. Think of the story of Ruth – a woman who was devoted to her mother-in-law to the extent that she moved country to stay with her – and then became a direct ancestor of Jesus. There’s the story of Esther – a woman who from a poor family married into the royal household and saved her entire people. God can use anyone and everyone for His works.
And think back to Jesus. Who showed love to those who society most definitely did not love. Including women. Women who had lost their husbands. The case of the Samaritan woman at the well shows this so much. She had so much shame, Jesus knew this, and yet still loved her.
To be a woman is to be different from a man. But to be equally loved by God.