Did some searching on the role of women in the church.
Upptill now I was convinced a woman cannot lead a church and doing so was not based on biblical grounds.
A discussion about this subject on a swedisch blog centered on the understanding of the position of priest or bishop.
Those in favour of women as priests brushed this off. But my conviction was, to understand what the priest represents makes a difference.
Is the priest simply the leader, the teacher and shepherd of the church or is the priest also the representation of christ.
The way the position is understood opens or closes it for woman, or does it?
I tried to find out if my thoughts would lead somewhere in this. Because none of those in favor of woman in the priesthood could give me strong arguments based on the bible I decided go find these arguments myself.
I knew they had to be there because of this :
Two things kept nagging me. The word presbyteras in 1 thimothy 5:2 and the word kuria in 2 john1
What if the traditional understanding in this is wrong. It would be ironic.
Well here are two links, I found, defending a different understanding.
Now after reading these arguments I guess I am not so sure anymore. And another thought nags me, can the majority of the churches through time be wrong and now we have it right?
Was a high position for women so outlandish it got supressed or or do these two blogs look to much with our times glasses to the text of the bible.
We do have presbuteras and is it just older woman, but then why should presbyter be more than just older man.
It does seem though that elder is elder in spiritual way for was not thimothy young and yet he was to apoint elders?
We do have kuria and is it just lady, or more than just a lady but as in my lady a titel of honour.
No easy one this. But good arguments I thought these links offered, they could be right.
Now I have something to ponder about.
Still have to find out sources to help me understand the position of the presbyter as in priests and bishops.
Sola scriptura versus scripture and tradition and the body of christ.
Beeing raised in a reformed protestant home the lutheran church was quite a novelty for me but yet I found a churchhome there.
Coming from ny age and sjamanism I slowy converted. Then after being convinced by creation ministries about the truth of the bible I started to understand scripture different. If the bible is true so I thought than not every faith is just another road to God. Beeing true I do need to take it serious and so I stopped to see it as merely wisdom. As merely one of many roads to the same goal.
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. And withouth God there is no wisdom.
So I started to read about christian faith and found many, who strongly disagreed. It was as if all understand parts but none understood it completely, for all seemed to have doctrines with I could question based on scripture. Lutheran seemed most right at the time but I still had concerns, what about icons and the crucifix?
It was a church closer to katholik faith than the reformed church I grew up in and at the same time it was the church that was instrumental in converting me back to christianity.
Though I was sure that Roman Catholic faith did have serious issues. Church authority beeing just one.
My search in finding defences against all the allegations against christmas, supposedly beeing pagan, also lead me to Katholik apolegetics.
As also the Katholic church was attacked on the same blogs I started to get worried, this cannot be right. Christians judging christians och calling them cults or worse. Though I thought they where wrong on some doctrines I do have a high opinion about katholic brothers and sisters.
No church has it all right I concluded.
This blog from Dave Armstrong really convinced me about a lot of issues I still struggeld with, it broke down my assumptions and in this article a defence for roman katholik faith in both scripture, tradition and authority of the church made me start wondering if the sola scriptura is a sound doctrine after all.
At the same time I learned about Luther on this blog and this helped me a lot with the traditions in the lutheran church in Sweden alien to my childhoodfaith.
With great concern I see the mainstream of faith in the lutheran church of sweden sliding away from scripture in its teaching centering on kindness, goodness and care. But I miss stronger teaching. Depth and history the powerfull message of the gospel.
It causes me to search and ask is there a church in this world if just even one who has its doctrine right and in line with the gospel or do they all have issues and fall short in understanding.
How will I know?
So since asking this question I am searching and wonder if it would be possible for me to decern if a church teachings is in line with scripture.
And I start asking myself was Luther right?
I am not convinced either way yet but I learn a lot while searching.
Well if you want to read some good katholik apologetics this blog is a good place to start.
The evils of evolutionairy thinking taken to its consequence something to ponder about!
Christianity did not take its beliefs from mithraism, this article explains this quite clear.
This site is more or less pagan and I would rather call this neopagan for it shows a return to older pagan beliefs that is mixed with modern esoteric notions.
As such I see this as a hostile wittness. As being nonchristian but showing the faulty reasoning of the myth that christian believes should originate in Mithraism
It makes sense that if zecheriah was the high priest we know the day of his vision would be on the day of atonement.
This article shows this is accepted in tradition. And leads to the understanding Christmas to be on 25 december
We really can celebrate christmas as a holy day.
A true day of rejoyce in the birth of Jezus.
Arguments against zechariah being the high priest that year may be valid, but do not exclude the possibilty of zechariah beeing present around the day of atonement. If he was not high priest that year his order could have served in the week before the day of atonement, during the following feast of tabernacles all priests would have been present and so Zechariah would have returned home after that still making the date in december likely.
This link is an interesting article about that
When Was Jesus Born? Zechariah’s Priestly Service