Women in Authority

I am very challenged by these verses from Paul and do not fully understand them in context. I do not believe God calls women today to avoid all positions of authority and teaching. Neither do I believe God calls those who are enslaved by others via the rampant sex trade or via other financial obligations / situations / relationships to remain enslaved forever. I want to understand these verses better for myself and so I can explain them to others. I feel challenged and ill-equipped to do so today.

Women should learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly. For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result. But women will be saved through childbearing, assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.

1 Timothy 2:11-15 NLT


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