By doing this, the man is giving his wife no more rights and say-so than he would his own child. I would hope that at the very least my own mother would genuinely listen to, and consider my opinions. To do the opposite would be to blatantly disrespect someone as a person.Linus said:Should women submit when there is a conflict? Yes. But the men should be open enough and love their wives enough to listen to what they have to say, take it to heart, and then make a decision.
At the heasrt of what you're saying Linus, though you may not realize it, you are insinuating that women are not as capable of making decisions as men are. You are saying that women must satisfy themselves with having their opinions merely "considered" by the man, because ultimately, the man knows best.
Personally, I think that women are just as capable of making household decision, and oftentimes know better than their husbands.
This is a very good point, NetDoc. Obviously, in Jesus' time, women were not as educated as men, etc., and therefore the man often would "know better", and would be able to function more smoothly without being pestered by their childish wives.This is one of those passages that perplex me. Was the author writing to the customs of the times?
Now, however, women are just as educated as men, if not more. Also, it is not uncommon for the wife to be the primary breadwinner these days. If I ever end up in a situation like that, I'll be damned if my husband is going to tell me what to do with my own money!