I put up an argument with a lady on the question of whether women are weaker vessels as the holy bible describes them or not. “Women are weaker vessels. God says they are. Apostle Paul confirms this by his instruction in I Timothy 2.11-12: that women must not be empowered to teach or have any form of authority over men! They must keep their mouths shut where men are talking!”
Surprisingly, the lady replied back with a strong and passionate defensive argument that the bible position about women being weaker vessels is not balanced. “Are women weaker, indeed? If we are, then, men are weak beings. By the law of grammar, women cannot be weaker without weak men. Therefore, if women accept their positions as weaker vessels in God’s plan for marriage, men too, as husbands, must accept their position as weak vessels in this plan.”
I contended that “Men cannot be weak vessels in God’s plan for marriage. Otherwise, God would not give men the mandate to be head of their homes and, over their wives”.
Her response was that “We do not, as wives, contest the headship of men as head of their homes and wives. Our contention is in the fact that both men and women are imperfect beings in the biblical context of marital weaknesses. And that, on this issue, most of us women would admit that we are weaker but that men too should admit they are weak.”
With a sense of pride that I am winning the argument, I quickly put it to her that “The bible does not state in any way that men are weak. Rather God demands that we be strong, courageous, bold and resolute. But for women, their weaknesses are so strong that God commands men not to give them their strength. They are so destructive in their weaknesses that they could ruin kings! Proverbs 31:1”
She smiled and with a soft tender voice replied that “Women are not weak as men have projected us. If we are, then, we cannot be helpers against biblical standpoint on the main reason why God created us. For instance, God created us as suitable helpers to men- Genesis 2:8. If women were weaker, we would not have had the strength to help men nor the might to ruin kings! May we ask you men some questions…?”
“Please do!” I replied
1. What was the original plan of God for marriage for which he created the woman as a weaker partner?
2. What was the primary work of Adam in Eden for which he needed a helper?
3. Why was a woman the best option of a helper to Adam, in Eden, and what was her role in the work and life of Adam in this plan?
She was so sure I wouldn’t provide her with the right answers to her questions
What a great challenge!