Melodie, thanks again for responding. That said, I understand you didn’t appreciate my response or the fact that the response came from a man, or both. I can’t change the latter, and I fear that extending the former will only serve to exacerbate the issue, so I won’t waste your time by continuing to discuss (unless you’d like to, in which case I’d be honored).
One quick word, to defend my honor and the God who my convictions tell me exists: I love women. I love my wife, my daughter, my mother, my sister, and I see and treat them as equally valuable creatures as myself — and more so, in areas like grace and kindness. I do this because it is right and true, and it is how God made them and us. God loves women. Throughout the Bible, women are celebrated, rescuers, worthy of rescue, strong, relied on, dependable. I recognize fully that you may not have seen this play out in the world you’ve experienced, but that is true about the content of the Bible, meaning that if God exists and the Bible is His Word to us, then it’s true of God. If he doesn’t exist, then you and I can still agree that women are amazing and worthy of dignity, honor and respect. You have no reason to accuse me of thinking otherwise. Thank you.
I will point out as a last word that ideas don’t have gender, so that the things I said could have just as well come from the mouth of a woman, and any reader would still need to use the exact same tools of logic, reason and discernment to weigh them. So perhaps you’ll do that some other time.
But for now, let me leave you with a link to a podcast by a female, interviewing another female, on some of the things we just discussed. I genuinely hope you find this helpful, and that you find peace. It sounds as though you have experienced much more hardship than anyone should have to endure, and for that I’m sorry.
Here’s Alisa Childers interviewing Mary Jo Sharp on her thoughts about God.