This comment was just added to the "What Is Feminism" post. I promote it here to the main page because it is a perfect example of the average evangelical's understanding of the Bible's teaching on sexuality as I've heard it through the years.
Assuming the sincerity of the writer, how would you respond in such a way as to lead her back to the doctrine of Scripture given us by the Holy Spirit?
My favorite definition of a feminist, derived from a book, is someone who believes women are people. Genesis 1:26 tells us that when God made male and female in His image, He gave them dominion over all the earth and the fowls of the air, but not over another human being. That is why slavery is so repugnant, despite being thousands of years old. Jesus came to set the spiritual captives free. The Curse is just that-a curse. God blessed the woman in Genesis 1:27. Jesus sent women to tell His male disciples of His resurrection. Yes, the 12 disciples were all men, but He was still ministering under the old covenant. At His death, the veil of the Temple that separated men and women from God was rent in two so that now male and female could enter boldly into His presence. Some think it was destroyed. On Resurrection Day, it was Out With The Old and In With The New. Jesus defeated Satan and took the keys of death and hell away from him. Paul commended Phoebe, a deacon (original), and Junia, an apostle. The women of I Corinthians 11 were instructed as to their dress and deportment when teaching men. The restrictions of ITimothy 2 are different and much less restrictive than is described in this blog. Deborah, Huldah, Priscilla, and the four daughters of Philip were blessed and honored by God for stepping out of the narrowly-defined "roles" given to them by their cultures in that day. There were men whom Paul wished would remain silent too. The apostles believed that we are to serve God by the spiritual gifts that are within us (ITimothy 4:14, IITimothy 1:6). Happy Easter everyone!