I do understand why there are many Christians that don’t take the bible literally, there are some positive messages in the doctrine and there are many positive stereotypes associated with being Christian in the western world. It’s also difficult for most intelligent people to not accept evolution and the Big Bang, so they pick and choose what’s metaphor and allegory, and what’s “real”. I get along with and respect many liberal Christians, even though I don’t really get it. I may really hate people like Ken Ham and Ray Comfort, but I agree with them that it doesn’t make sense to say you’re a Christian if you don’t fully accept the bible starting at Genesis (I don’t think they fully follow it themselves, but that’s beside the point). This is one of the many reasons I am not a Christian, I realized it would be dumb to put my faith in a book I didn’t fully believe and agree with. I feel like it is intellectually dishonest to cherry-pick certain things just to fit my own worldview. I know many liberal Christians say that the story of the beginning is simply metaphor and accept evolution and the Big Bang, but I’m not really concerned about that part of the story.
Eve has always rubbed me the wrong way. It was confusing to me that Adam was intentionally created and then Eve was like an afterthought. Poor planning on god’s part, all the animals had mates but for some reason Adam didn’t, and his mate had to be made from a piece of him? God doesn’t sound too all-powerful in that instance. During my first reading of the bible on my own as a kid, I distinctly remember Genesis 3:16 giving me a sinking awful feeling in the pit of my stomach. The verse is, “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” It wasn’t the pain and childbirth part, I already knew pain was heading my way as someone of the female persuasion; it was of course the husband ruling over the woman part. I couldn’t understand why god would create women to be less than equal to men; it doesn’t sound that loving to me. It confuses me that some Christian women can identify as so and also have liberal leanings towards gender equality issues. Why identify as something that teaches that women are inferior in its holy book if you don’t feel that they are? This question also applies to liberal Christian men. With the verse I pointed to, some could say that it’s just Old Testament and things are different in the New Testament. But according to many Christian sects, Jesus is God, so following that logic Jesus would see women as inferior to men.
I’m only touching on the very surface of misogyny in the bible. I would mostly like to point out that the book starts off pretty quick with it. I have to greatly question the morality of the people that do mental back-flips to justify why it’s okay to say one type of person should submit to another type of person. Even if a Christian doesn’t take things in the bible literally, it’s hard to avoid the misogynistic messages. I also do not understand loving a god that does not love my sex.