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There are many ways by which our culture tries to discredit God’s written word, the Holy Bible. A “tolerance” for the Holy Bible is accepted all for the sake of “relevance”, the idea that the Christian Bible is one of many revelations of God in this world, alongside the Q’ran and the belief that we can be our own gods. When the Bible, God’s written word, a fundamental piece of the Christian faith, is presented as the infallible Word of God many arguments arise from those who are skeptical of such a reality. Of the vast number of ways the world tries to discredit the Bible as infallible one stands out in particular upon reading Nehemiah 3:12.
“Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler of a half-district of Jerusalem, repaired the next section with the help of his daughters.” - Nehemiah 3:12
Nehemiah had repented for the Israelites and had been sent out to restore Jerusalem to God. Much hard work was needed to repair the gates and walls around Jerusalem in order to provide protection and security for the Israelites. Such a task required everybody’s help.
The present culture desperately would like to consider the Holy Bible as sexist, genderist, and belittling to the female gender. These arguments and views come from a fatherless, abused and abandoned generation. In one way or another the authority of a father or a man has been abused and the helpless victim struggles to trust. As time goes on the pain shapes opinion and perspective, all the while the world adds insult to injury. The result is a broken and confused generation that fears and despises any patriarchal world view.
The reality is that the Bible regards each gender, male and female, as strong and of great value. The Bible is in strong opposition to sexism or genderism or any notion that regards women as weak and only having value as sex objects or mothers. In Nehemiah 3:12 there are daughters building a massive city wall to help protect their fellow Israelites! Girls wielding hammers and hauling lumber and stone! Is there any special pause for applause for these girls in the verses to follow? Not at all! Why not? Because what matters most and what is more important isn't what men can do versus what women can’t or vice versa, it’s about getting the job done, achieving the goal.
That is what the Bible is for: fulfilling purpose. Regardless of gender, age or any type of perverted world view one holds, the Bible stands to give purpose and provide a clear path to destiny. God’s infallible word will stand strong, powerful and true to full completion of the mission to seek and save the lost. And it will be carried and defended by God’s royal priesthood, His holy sons and daughters, side by side in power and strength through the name of Jesus.
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