Mar 08, 2017
Today is International Women’s Day. All around the globe, people are celebrating and commemorating the incredible role that women play on this earth. But what about when it comes to the Christian faith and the Bible? What role do women play in God’s glorious story? Well, Dr.Jo Vitale, a speaker at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and Dean of Studies at the Zacharia Institute, tackled the question of “Is God Sexist?” in a talk at UC Berkley today.
“I find myself compelled by the God of the Bible not despite of, but because of, what He thinks about women,” argued Vitale, who received her PHD from the University of Oxford on the topic, “Women and Beauty in the Old Testament.”
“Throughout the Bible, God chooses women to play a key role in His story.” Vitale said. “Jesus never tells me that I’m just a girl. He breaks down all the cultural stereotypes and turns prejudice on its head.” Questions were fired at Vitale in this interactive session, with some students querying how the Biblical idea of wives submitting to their husbands could be congruent with gender equality.
“As a woman, I have never met a man who makes me feel more human, dignified, and respected than Jesus does,” concluded Vitale. “Far from being sexist, in Jesus we encounter a God who is committed to confronting culturally oppressive attitudes against women and completely smashing them.”