Women are generally more religious than men


male-female-symbols-26411769And before you get on your high horse about it, I’m just quoting from research conducted by the Pew Research Center. They have conducted global research into religious practices around the world and come to this conclusion, with the only countries bucking this trend being predominantly Muslim. The reason for this is that women are not required to attend mosque to the same extent as men nor to pray as much, so they don’t, and that skews the figures.

There isn’t really any suggestion as to why this might be and of course it’s not an indication that women are more faith-full than men. But I’ve certainly observed in my church attendance how there are frequently more women in the Church community than men, yet often women are excluded from leadership roles
. And in my more cynical moments I’ve wondered what the Church would do if we all up and left. Do you think the men would carry on strongly leading each other?

It’s an interesting read and you can find it here – http://www.pewforum.org/2016/03/22/the-gender-gap-in-religion-around-the-world/

 

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5 responses to “Women are generally more religious than men

  1. It is bewildering, the fact that the Lord commands Men to lead, but so many refuse. I have heard many women state that they wish their husbands would become the spiritual leaders in the family. I have thought so much about this. There has to be an answer. Why don’t men stand up and lead? Do they feel intimidated by their wives? I do think we talk more than we should, and perhaps a vow of silence and patience would go far to help our husbands desire the lead role in spirituality in our homes. As for me, I will continue to make this a matter of prayer, and quietly encourage any leadership I observe. I would love to know your thoughts on how to bring out the leader in a husband who seems to have little interest in such.

  2. First of all thank you for reading this blog.

    I find it helpful to read Proverbs 31:19 onwards when considering the value of strong woman in marriage. And I also call to mind the role of women’s leadership in the early church (Romans 16:1). God clearly made us both men and women in his own image (Genesis 1:27) and part of that image is leadership and strength, so part of that must be in women. I would look at it this way, if God is calling your husband to lead then his leadership skills will come to the fore, but if God is calling him to be supportive of you then there is nothing you can do to bring leadership out of him. Prayer is always powerful.

    Personally I believe that we are in relationship to complement and support each other and that oftentimes this is nothing like the traditional roles society tell us we should inhabit – and this survey proves that this is a global phenomenon. Women should be humble that God seems to have given them faith like this and value that gift from God.

    I hope that this has been thought provoking if not completely aligned with your own feelings about the leadership of men and women.

  3. This article, and your reply have been most thought provoking! The woman’s role is something I have been meditating on, and praying about lately. I have been studying the Old Testament to help me in this. I agree, we as women and wives do have an enormous role and can be leaders as well as followers in marriage and the “church.” I simply want to be what the Lord wants me to be. One fact I find fascinating is that the women were not even required to attend many of the services during the Holy Days of the Old Testament. I know they were are home, preparing for the next part of the day (the feast, most likely), and this helps me by taking much pressure off of me! What I mean is, in Bible class and worship, I don’t need to have all the answers, etc. I can just quietly learn and take things in. This is very different from my career life, where I am expected to take care of everything and know all. Do you think the way the Lord had His people do things in the Old Testament has any bearing on today in the church?

  4. I often feel the same way as you about not needing to constantly strive in Church, and certainly not to know everything! I don’t think we are alone!

    Jesus did say that he didn’t come to change any of the law (of the Old Testament), (Matthew 5:18) but he certainly changed the contemporary interpretation of it. From Biblical accounts we read that the interpretation had become very legalistic and burdensome and God wanted to free his people from that, which is why Jesus challenged the Pharisees on issues such as healing on the Sabbath. So we always need to be mindful of legalism when examining the requirements on God’s people in the Old Testament. We need to remember, too, that the Jewish people remain sacred to God and his people for whom being physically separated through customs and law is part of their identity. But the New Testament formed a change, an expansion in God’s plan. This was foretold in the Old Testament (Isaiah 56:7, Isaiah 25:7, Zechariah 2:11 and more). And it’s certainly clear that other things were different in the early Church, for instance in the way that Jesus was happy to teach Mary. She is described as learning from him, which would not have been an acceptable practice in the Old Testament nor in his society. And of course there are the women mentioned in the early church as Deacons, who certainly could not have lead synagogues in 1 Century AD Palestine. Then there are the food laws that Peter changed because of the dream he had where he was told to eat a variety of ‘unclean’ foods and the decision that was made not to circumcise new converts to the faith.

    Many things still hold strongly for us today such as the Ten Commandments of course, and God’s requirement on us to fight for justice, but other things are more cultural than spiritual and we need to discern carefully which is which. IN all things you need to look at the fruit. Committing to old testament behaviours that bring oppression, injustice, unfairness, pain and suffering in a modern context are unlikely to be things that God wants from us.

  5. I just took a look at your “About” section, and I think my mind was a tiny bit blown away. I do believe I am a work ethic kind of Christian, but I am not proud of that, and I don’t think that is the kind of woman that Jesus would want me to be. Thank you for replying to my comment, and for writing your blog, and for thinking a bit outside of the box. I do so want to “Play” and let my spirit thrive! I am going to commit this concept to prayer and study. I will visit your blog again!

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