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Pray for All People (v. 1-15)
You should pray for everyone, because God wants everyone to be saved. That is why God sent Christ to give himself as ransom for everyone.
I have a question about this idea that God wants everyone to be saved. If God truly wants this, and he is really all powerful, then why does anyone go to hell? The standard answer I seem to hear to this question is 'free will'. But God doesn't seem to have any qualms about interrupting free will.
Men should pray, wherever they are, and be without anger or quarreling.
I like the no anger and quarreling part, but it seems that praying wherever you are could cause problems. You might think this is some kind of praying in the back of our minds or something, but it says we are supposed to hold our hands up. Also, are we supposed to do this all the time? That obviously wouldn't work.
Women should dress modestly (no braided hair and gold, pearls, or costly attire). Women should be quiet and submissive. Women are not permitted to teach or exercise authority over a man, rather they should remain quiet.
Wow...just wow. I think this is the first time I have seen it explicitly say women are not allowed to teach (I thought I read that before, but I might have just seen other people write about this on various blogs). It is certainly not the first time we have come across some ridiculous misogynist garbage though.
For the overview post (If you think I should add or remove stuff from this list please let me know, I think it would make good conversation)
2:8 Avoid anger and quarreling.
"I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling"
2:12 Women are not allowed to be teachers
"I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet"
2:4 God desires that all people be saved. Why doesn't he make it happen if he's all powerful?
"[God,] who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."