Woman Calls Her Husband "Master" & Makes a Mockery of the Bible

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bibleRachel Held Evans, who calls herself a feminist Christian, spent the last year living “biblically -- and then wrote a book about her experience. "What does that mean," you ask? Well, you know that bit in the bible about leaving your parents to go serve and obey your husband? That's what she did, literally, for a year.

Basically, she took the bible and made a mockery of the entire thing. Whether she meant to or not. Though, I don’t think you can make a complete joke of something without intent. I think her little "experiment" was total crap.

During what Evans refers to as “The Womanhood Project,“ she sewed her own clothes, grew her hair out long, lived outside in a tent during menstruation, called her husbandMaster,” and sat alone on the roof of her house in a time-out after deciding her behavior was particularly unbecoming. Is she saying that the only way to be biblical is to pretend we are in the dark ages? I’m confused. Did she cut electricity out of her life as a penance too? Maybe she should ... for mocking the bible. Seems fair.

Here's my issue -- isn't it better to just be honest about your beliefs in the first place? I may not be living biblically, but I am living honestly. I'm not so sure the same can be said for Evans. She appears to be poking fun with her book, though she vehemently denies that she is. But you don’t make a spectacle, write a book, and make videos in a "poking fun" manner if you are taking a challenge seriously. Perhaps Mrs. Evans just sat on the roof and pitched tents during her period as an excuse to get away from her family -- for some peace and quiet. Or maybe, I suspect, she really just did it for attention and to sell a book. Either way, it seems wrong to me.

I had that submissive language removed from my, vows because I am not a dog nor am I a maid and I don’t submit or serve anyone. I took them out because I don't believe in it. Sure I could have left it in there and been all sarcastic when I took my wedding vows just to make the point -- but then I would be lying.


Do you think Rachel’s living “biblically” for a year was a ridiculous experiment?

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EvaSa... EvaSamuel

I don't think she did it to poke fun at the Bible.  I think she meant to show that while the Bible has its place in our lives and belief system (a very important place) it is impossible to follow it to the letter.  Perhaps it was an effort to show how some people pick and choose parts of the Bible to follow while not living up to the overall message of faith, hope, and love (the greatest of these is love).  

kelti... kelticmom

I think you actually need to read the Bible as well as Rachel's other works before you fire off a judgey blog. I've followed Rachel for years and you TOTALLY missed the point of her experience. She was following the Old Testament laws regarding women to get a feel for how it was for them back then. It was also a spiritual journey for her. She blogged about it weekly. She is very much pro-womanhood. Lifeway Christian bookstores have actually refused to carry her book bc she dared to use the word "vagina" twice. Yet they carry the chauvinist pastor Mark Driscoll's book on marriage that says that a woman is to blame if he cheats on her bc obviously she wasn't meeting his sexual needs and she is obligated to give him blowjobs and anal sex whether she enjoys it or not bc she is the "weaker vessel". You want to rant about someone making a mockery of the Bible, look him up. But you are SO far off base here.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

She was making a mockery of the bible by following it? Seriously? I'd say the people who clima to be Christian but ignore the parts of the bible that don't suit them are making more of mockery of the bible.

bleed... bleedingheart8D

I think your point of view is wrong. I don't think she was mocking it at all.

bills... billsfan1104

Keltic, the way you describe it, actually sounds interesting. I probably would of enjoyed the blogs.

bills... billsfan1104

I went to the link and I do think the pictures make it look like it condescending. But, I would have to read the book or her blogs to make an informed comment.

kelti... kelticmom

Bills, you can read them at rachelheldevans.com I love her, we grew up very much the same in strict evangelical homes. She does a series where she has her readers ask questions to someone of a different faith/viewpoint, and they reply. So far she has done Ask a Mormon, Catholic, Pagan, Gay Christian, Muslim, Mennonite, and many more. You should give her a shot.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Why can't people interpret the Bible in whatever way they please?

bills... billsfan1104

Yup Keltic. I will. It sounds interesting.

spiri... spiritguide_23

I was raised in a strict Christian home. Maybe not as strict as this woman took it, but it was still very strict with dress and male/female interaction. I am now a Pagan after realising that I didn't really believe what the bible said or the way people generally tend to pick and choose what they want to go by. If you are going to go by a book, you should at least go by the entire thing, not just the parts you like. From the sounds of it, this woman was goign by what the old testament says. Whether she was doing it to poke fun or not is a moot point. It goes to show if you want to use one part of the OT, then you should go by all of it.

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