Psalm 30:10, 54:4
Acts 2:38, 16:14
Romans 3:9–12, 23
1 Corinthians 11:3
The Bible’s first chapter annihilates this fallacious secular claim. Genesis 1:27 says:
God created man in his own image, in the image of
God he created him; male and female he created them.
Men and women uniquely and equally display the image of God. Therefore, both have indelible and identical value, dignity, and worth.
The Bible also unapologetically proclaims the diversity of men and women just as authoritatively as it declares their equality. The assigning of different attributes, roles, and positions in no way affects God’s appointed human value. The value of a teacher and student, boss and employee, coach and player, man and woman are the same. This principle is most dynamically displayed in the Trinity. God the Son gladly submits to God the Father in their different roles even though they are equal in essence, power, and
glory (Luke 22:42; John 6:38; 1 Corinthians 15:28).
In creating Adam first, God signified his unique role as leader under the authority of God and for God’s glory alone (1 Corinthians 11:3). The responsibility of leadership is to be performed with a servant’s heart that models and magnifies the sacrificial love of Christ for the church displayed ultimately on the Cross (Ephesians 5:23–33). Genesis records that God created Eve from Adam with the role of helpmate (or helper). Lest one believe the title of “helper” is insignificant, God is repeatedly referred to as a “helper” to man throughout Scripture (Psalm 30:10, 54:4, 118:7; Hebrews 13:6). The responsibility of the position is one of gentle strength where the woman uses her gifts and abilities to support and aid the man in his sacrificial leading (Ephesians 5:23–33).
The distinctive roles and attributes of His image bearers do not vary their worth. Rather, the creative variety is complementary to each other and exceedingly glorifying to the Creator.
Also, women are esteemed throughout the Bible as their virtuous acts in and outside the home are recorded. Miriam (Exodus 15:20–21), Deborah (Judges 4), Ruth, Esther, noble wife of Proverbs 31, Lydia (Acts 16:14), to name a few. And don’t forget that
when Jesus rose from the dead He appeared first to the women, a powerful testimony of their worth in His eyes.
The Bible declares the equality of men and women as innate sinners in need of saving (Romans 3:9–12, 23; Psalm 53:1, 143:2). It declares their equality as believers. To be saved, God’s requirement for all — males and females alike — is repentance and faith (Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9). Once saved, the status of redeemed, justified, righteous, and adopted is the same for either gender (Galatians 3:26–29).
None of these biblical principles can consistently be applied in the secular worldview. In the absence of God-ordained value and morality, why shouldn’t men oppress women as has occurred throughout history? Secularism and evolutionary philosophy have no cogent response, but the Bible does. No, the Bible is not sexist, but one has to ask why isn’t the secularist?