1 Timothy 2:11-15 - Saved through Childbirth?

In 1 Timothy 2:11-15 we read that women are forbidden to teach men or to exercise authority over men. In the context of the public meetings of the church they were to keep silent (ie. not teach men - see also 1 Corinthians 14:34). This verse does not mean that women are disqualified altogether from teaching - just teaching men in the public meetings of the church. Neither does it disqualify women from holding positions of leadership in the church - only the position of pastor/elder, where the ability to teach is a pre-requisite. The reason for this is not because women are stupid or inferior or because of the culture at that time - it is because "Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner." The next verse, however, appears to teach that women will only be saved through childbearing if they "continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety", which is completely at odds with what scripture teaches elsewhere about salvation. But in order to interpret this verse correctly, it is critical to understand the meaning of "saved" and the nature of "childbearing". Looking at the context it appears the author has the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 in mind: "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." Therefore, in verse 15 "she" refers not to women in general, but to Eve. What then, is Eve saved from? Firstly, the Greek word translated "save" can mean "deliver" or "restore" and does not always refer to salvation. Secondly, in the Greek, the term "childbearing" is preceded by a definite article ("the") which suggests it refers to a specific birth - the birth of Christ. Therefore, Eve, and women in general, will be delivered from their sinful state through the birth of Christ (which was fullfilled in Mary), IF they have true faith and live a Godly life.

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