Female in-group bias and scripture.

Are you familiar with “in-group bias”? If we look to the internet for a definition we find the following:

In-group favoritism, sometimes known as in-group–out-group bias, in-group bias, or intergroup bias, refers to a pattern of favoring members of one’s in-group over out-group members. This can be expressed in evaluation of others, in allocation of resources, and in many other ways.

According to some studies females experience stronger in-group bias than males. What this means is that, when faced with a choice, women will tend to side with other women even when it would be unfair toward men. This makes sense considering that women tend to be ‘herd’ type creatures, following trends and crowds much more often than men do.

So how does this affect scripture?

Despite the fact that Christians hate talking about it the bible forbids women to be teachers of scripture:

1 Timothy 2:

11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

The above verse (v12) is two separate statements:

  1. Women are not allowed to teach.
  2. Women are not allowed to have authority over a man.

Also, when we look at the apostle Pauls’ instruction on what older women should be teaching younger women we see this:

Titus 2:

the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

The older women are told to teach the younger women, what? To love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their husbands. All of these are good things, but nowhere does it instruct them to teach or interpret scripture.

Why? You might ask. If a younger woman has a question about the word of God who is she supposed to turn to in order to have her question answered?

1 Corinthians 14:

34 Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.

According to the bible they should ask their husbands, who, in turn, should be receiving guidance from the holy spirit and through study and interaction with like minded, Christian men.

I know this flies in the face of everything our current society tells us about women. Modern churches are massive engines that push bible studies and interpretations by women as much as they push the actual bible itself.

What does this have to do with in-group bias?

Well, let us again visit the definition of in-group bias.

In-group favoritism, sometimes known as in-group–out-group bias, in-group bias, or intergroup bias, refers to a pattern of favoring members of one’s in-group over out-group members. This can be expressed in evaluation of others, in allocation of resources, and in many other ways.

What this means, scripturally, is that if a woman finds the words of the bible to be offensive to women (and many modern women do) it is very easy for her to pull other women into the same mindset. Why? Because the majority of women may love God and believe the words of the bible, but will stand up for ‘team woman’, regardless of what scripture says! They may have never felt or faced a man using the words of God to lord over his wife like a power-hungry madman, but there are women out there who might have faced it or could even be facing it now! Better to protect the team than to be counted as one who DIDN’T stand up for women when she was asked! Perhaps it is a mechanism by which to avoid guilt later, when something bad does happen to themselves or someone else.

This, alone, is an excellent reason why women should not teach scripture. If one woman goes off the rails she has a ready made following that will jump on board! And because most women tend to lean toward self preservation the idea that “someday it could be ME facing a power hungry husband who uses scripture to try and control me and make me do horrible things” becomes very real, and this leads to an interpretation of scripture whos main goal is not to be obedient to God, but to leave just enough of a loophole to keep women safe.

Yes, men also experience in-group bias, but men are more likely to protect the tribe rather than a group within the tribe (their own group). This is why so many men still stick to the “women and children first” rule in a crisis and are willing to sacrifice themselves, and the lives of other men, in order to protect the young, the weak and the women.

Some people like to say that science is proof that there is no God, but I like to think that science just proves more and more that there IS a God, and that He knows what He is doing. Why would God put a restriction on women teaching scripture and not allow women to have authority over men? As you start to understand the thought process and tendencies of women it becomes more and more clear.

I am not saying that men are perfect or that we don’t suffer from our own issues, rather I am saying that God equipped men and women differently, and He put us in positions to best take advantage of our strengths and weaknesses. When we start to deviate from that design we can expect trouble.

Whether you believe me or not, if you have an issue with the words of the bible you will need to take it up with its author. I didn’t write it, I just read it and believe it.

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Author: SnapperTrx

Just a guy on the internet.

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