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I'm writing in response to Jerre Hale's Jan. 24 letter ["'Submission'? Please, think again"].
I believe it can be misleading, when trying to make a point, to sometimes quote only a single verse in the Bible.
For example, when Genesis 1:27 was quoted in that letter, stating that God made Adam and Eve together, it should be noted that the verse really states that God made man and woman in his image.
But in reading Genesis 2:15-19 it is clear that God made Adam first as he was directed by God to tend the garden and give names to all the animals and birds; it states that he still had no helpmate. In Genesis 2:21-23, the Bible says God then made a woman for Adam.
Also, in response to the Roman 16 reference, please note in Ephesians 5:21-24 that God teaches how wives should act toward their husbands, just as Ephesians 5:25 tells husbands how to act toward their wives. God was not talking about slavery, but respect and love.
Also, in 1 Timothy 2:11-13 and 1 Corinthians 14:33-35, God tells women what their roles should be in the churches, accepting that godly men should take the leadership positions. It's important to read the whole Bible, not just parts of it.