family dynamics | ryan kerrison
How many times have you heard it said, “Men are the head of the household; therefore, women must comply with every whim and desire of their husbands, it’s written right there in black and white in the Bible!”? Or maybe, “The Bible condones slavery, therefore it’s irrelevant and dated document!” These charges are usually met with a stunned face, unable to conjure an adequate response, or worse, an untrue rendering and application the author’s original and intended meaning. Ephesians 5:21-6:9, as well as other passages within Scripture (Colossians 3:18-4:1, Titus 2:1-10, 1 Peter 2:18-3:7), contain phrases and passages, which when left unexamined and untethered by critical analysis, it is easy to misinterpret the intended meaning of these passages, and then to port these interpretations into other parts of scripture, a person’s perspective on religion or even one’s worldview. To fully understand what Paul and Peter are saying in these portions of scripture, one must dive into the ancient Greco-Roman world.