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.