by Kelly Pelton (written 07 Aug 2022)
It's not only men who are deceived, but Eve -- not Adam, who shared in her sin although he knew better; the Bible records a history of deceptions which helps scripture interpreters to unfetter first Timothy two from Greek notions of women as being more easily deceived. Let's always ground our understanding of deception in holy scripture where examples and warnings of being deceived abound. Isaac was deceived by Rebekah and Jacob, Esau was deceived by brother Jacob twice, Jacob was then deceived by Uncle Laban but Jacob struck back; Laban paid a price. Israel was deceived by the Midianites and also the Gibeonites; Saul was deceived by his daughter. Ephraim was easily deceived, per Hosea; the leaders of Memphis were deceived. Let's slaughter the argument - that women are more gullible - with the Spirit's sword, God's word; let us follow New Testament warnings that all human beings are vulnerable to deception. This lie about women, we'll no longer swallow.