The Face of Patriarchy on Power and Control Levels


Biblical Base misused and abused by the patriarchal religious system.

1 Corinthians 11

3Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. 5And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved. 6If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. 7A man ought not to cover his head,[b] since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. 8For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.

A hierarchy (Greek hieros sacred, arkho rule) is a system of ranking and organizing things. Different fields use the word in slightly different ways, but a particular definition (below) captures the core of almost all uses.
Originally, "hierarchy" meant "rule by priests". Since hierarchical churches such as the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches had tables of organization that were "hierarchical" in the modern sense of the word, the term came to refer to similar organizational methods in more general settings.
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Pronunciation: (hī'u-rär"kē, hī'rär-)
pl. -chies.
1. any system of persons or things ranked one above another.
2. government by ecclesiastical rulers.
3. the power or dominion of a hierarch.
4. an organized body of ecclesiastical officials in successive ranks or orders: the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
5. one of the three divisions of the angels, each made up of three orders, conceived as constituting a graded body.
6. Also called celestial hierarchy. the collective body of angels.
7. government by an elite group.
8. Ling.the system of levels according to which a language is organized, as phonemic, morphemic, syntactic, or semantic.
(Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Info please.)

See Dominance Hierarchy:

This is the religious system of Patriarchy a ladder of Power and Control

Father is the head of the house

Mother is under the authority of the husband/father

Children are under the care of the mother however the father has the final voice

In Christ we are Sons and Daughters of God

The Vision of the Church is not hierarchical, is about many acting as one. The church ministries which are gifts for the body are to stand over the foundation of Christ to sustain the church until the body grows into the likeness of Christ. Patriarchy promotes a hierarchical view of human relationship.

Galatians 3:26You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

1 Corinthians 12:12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.