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Are women saved through childbearing?

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"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety." (1 Timothy 2:9-15 KJV)

As is often the case, some people have read verses in the Bible and, without thinking clearly or investigating any further, grabs the first thought that crosses their mind and runs with it. There is no question that the above passage is perhaps the most difficult expressions by Paul to clearly grasp, of the entire letter to young Timothy. Just what could Paul have had in his mind when he said that? With any knowledge of the Bible at all, any student can plainly see that there is no evidence that woman bearing a child would forgive her of her sins. God is no respecter of persons and certainly he would never save some from their sins by some means that others could not do. What about men? What about infertile women or some who had some illness to cause their inability to birth a child. No, God would not require certain things from some and different things from another, in order to have their sins forgiven.

So, if what I have said is fact, and it is, just what was Paul talking about? From what was woman to be saved if it was not her sins? The New Testament has a few places which refer to one having been saved from his sins, or specifies something what would cause him to be. But 'saved' is used many more times meaning someone was saved from something other than his sins.

Without any intentions of demeaning woman kind neither I, nor did God or Paul, have any intentions of criticizing them. The fact of the matter however is that God created both man and woman with the full intent that they have separate roles in populating the world. They were intended to marry, a man and a woman, and raise children. It was man's role to be the leader, or head, of the household. (Not because he was smarter, or stronger, or better) But he was created first. Read the account in Genesis 2. And woman was created as a 'help meet' for Adam. The term 'help meet' means a helper or companion suitable for him.

Yes, God did intend for the woman to be subject to her husband, yet that does not mean that he should abuse her or order her around like a tough First Sergeant. Their roles were to compliment each other.

Women were created with the ability to give birth, whereas man was not. She was also given a tender heart and the ability to handle and care for small children, far greater than man. The man was to be the provider for the family and the woman was to furnish the guidance for the children while small, as well as to manage the household. It is indeed a sad day when either of these become dissatisfied with their role and desire to have the other. Unfortunately, many have done so without thought of it being contrary to God's will.

Neither of these roles are degrading. Neither infers superiority over the other. Under normal circumstances, man is larger, stronger and able to perform tasks which are either beyond the ability of most women or at least very difficult for them. But in any cases where the woman fails to excel or the man fails to excel, it does not detract from their worth in any sense.

One position which God has ordained that man accept is in the conducting of religious worship. He is to conduct the items of worship, preaching, praying, leading of songs, and administering the Lord's supper. (See 1 Corinthians 14:34-35) It was also man’s role under the Law of Moses. Only the men conducted their services.

These things do not make man more important or mightier than women, but is explained in the scripture above. Eve was deceived whereas Adam was not and therefore God chose him to lead. That is the reason and there is no need to make excuses for it. God's decision is binding.

Now, what was meant by, "Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety?" The terminology here appears to place the emphasis on giving birth, however, it is not. All of the other things are required as well.

Also, Peter is explaining that the woman will be accepted provided she performs her role well. She will not be left out of the mercies and salvation of God because of Eve's sin. Her duties and responsibilities are primarily those of maintaining the household.

The crux of the matter is that childbearing or no childbearing, does not determine whether or not a woman's sins will be forgiven. Performing her God's assigned role in life and worship will determine it. Obedience to God's word is the answer. Faithful obedience.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" (Ephesians 2:8 KJV)

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