I think with all of these verses it comes down to how you want to interpret them. That’s the big problem we have with the entire Bible. Everyone wants to be their sole rule of faith. That’s why I’m Catholic, Jesus left me a visible shepherd to guide me in situations like these.
I see no big deal with Colossians 3:18-21. Catholics don’t just pick and choose verses and go see it says it right here. We read every verse in the context of the Chapter, book and of the entire Bible.
So when I read this submission of wives and husbands love your wives I read it in light of what I have come to understand from Ephesians 5.
In 1 Peter 3 once again there is that dreaded submit/accept your husbands authority, but in verse 7 it says Husbands, in the same way,
I see no difficulty. But that’s me, it’s easy for me to see this because (aside from God) my wife is the most important person in my life, even more important than me.
This is the point I’m trying to make. There isn’t some sort of template. Sure you can read the text and say see right there is a template, but you’re only reading one verse, you’re not putting together everything there is about the faith and morals needed to be living out the Christian life.
I’m sorry if my words offended you, but what I meant by this, is if the husband isn’t sacrificing more for the relationship than his wife, then in my opinion he isn’t living up to what is being taught in Ephesians.
Agreed, we are all called to the same radical love. However, you are missing my point. The point I am making, and have lived out for the last 25 wonderful (and at times not so wonderful) years of marriage, is the one who’s will doesn’t always get fulfilled is suppose to be the husband.
Agreed, and I think you would agree that their is no ONE ideal form of patriarchy.
That’s why I love being Catholic. The Church will dogmatically lead us in regards to faith and morals. We need to keep these teachings in mind when we read verses like this and apply them to our lives. Without that visible shepherd here on earth we don’t have these faith and morals set in stone and we can read whatever we want into these verses. This is very dangerous territory, that’s the problem the OP @Brittany is having with her friends. Just look at society, decisions are made on a daily basis, that effect all of us, without ever taking into account the value of faith and morals.
Thanks for the response.
I am enjoying this conversation.