Is it wrong for women to wear pants?

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Women wearing pants?

Yes, its fine
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No
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I dont care
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I guess so
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Aaron Wiley wrote:I'd like to change my argument:
I think it's sinful for woman to wear any sort of lower covering at all. Females should only wear shirts.
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I feel like this was pretty overlooked for what PF said here..and I was like O_O? when I read it.. so I am going to give my opinion on some things he said:
Pound Foolish wrote: The Bible never meant all it's rules to last through the ages. Divorce, for example, is now morally out the window.
For clarification, are you saying that rules that God makes doesn't matter? I know that isn't what you meant, but it sure seems like you are saying something like "Not ALL rules that God made last, so we can chose which we want to obey" Where I don't think some rules APPLY to us, I don't think that means they don't last. Obviously God had a reason for them, and there is a reason they are in the bible.
Second, are you saying that since divorce is "morally out the window" that it is now okay to get a divorce?
Just because a society thinks something is morally alright, or everyone is doing it, doesn't mean that it is acceptable or that we should do it. The Bible is against separating something God made holy, such as marriage. Now, the Bible does allow (if that's the right word) divorce in situations such as adultury. That being said, I don't think that God's stance on divorce has changed or wasn't "made to last".

Yes, there are some pretty crazy "rules" in the Bible. I went to a bible study/elective class thing last night and we were talking about crazy/questionable rules in the Bible. I wish I had payed better attention/took more notes because it was really interesting. The basic idea of it is that some rules may seem crazy or unreasonable but does that mean they aren't in our best interest? We may just not have the whole picture.

The teacher told us a story about when his daughter was very young he buckled her into her car seat. During their drive she managed to get out of her car seat. She didn't see anything wrong with it, she was too little to understand the danger. He pulled over and strapped his daughter back in. By this point she was crying and struggling and probably felt like he was being "unfair" or "mean" or he had some crazy rule. But she wasn't able to comprehend to understand why he was doing it, so it seemed wrong. Aren't some of God's rules/guidelines like that? are we meant to understand all of them?

Like this rule: Leviticus 15:2 "'Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'When any man has an unusual bodily discharge, such a discharge is unclean. Whether it continues flowing from his body or is clocked, it will make him unclean''"
This whole passage is rather interesting. Basically anything coming out of your body is considered 'unclean' no matter if it's natural or not. Now we may be like " O_o why would God make that rule? Should we no longer go to the bathroom?" but really.. he was just setting aside time for the body to recover/clean oneself from the discharge. Pretty much understandable.
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Now if a man lies carnally with a woman who is a slave acquired for another man, but who has in no way been redeemed nor given her freedom, there shall be punishment; they shall not, however, be put to death, because she was not free." (Leviticus 19:20)
So, not only does this verse not at all condemn slavery (so it's okay to have slaves) and you have a "carnal" time with her and she belongs to someone else, then you get banged up but it's not as bad as doing it with a free girl! Oh no. Taking advantage of a girl even more after making her your slave isn't as bad! And you you can have "carnal" relations with her no prob as long as you're the one who "acquired her." Awesome. Go out a get a girl-slave.
Ok. I don't fully understand this one.. but essentially slavery isn't right. I am not positive it totally says that in scripture, but I do know that God didn't held his people's treatment of their slaves at a different and higher standard. Also.. wasn't Christ the slave/servent of us? and doesn't He call us to be servants to all? About the "relations" Sexual immortality is definitely against's God's will, it says so several times in the Bible.

I guess what I am saying, PF, is that I don't really see your points and how they relate to pants. They are interesting thoughts, which is why I wrote a reply =p . But I don't see how it relates to women wearing pants.

I think that wearing pants is a personal opinion. If a woman wears, or doesn't wear, pants it doesn't make her any more or less a Christian. Obviously we want to do what pleases God but as long as we are modest, ladies, we can either wear pants or not wear pants. It's personal preference/cultural/ denominational.

Sorry this is so long, and kinda off topic.. *shrug*
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I think what PF was trying to say is that a lot of these laws and rules are to the nation of Israel and make sense in that culture and context but they are not universal laws applicable to everyone forever. We don't sacrifice animals, we don't sell our daughters into slavery, we don't stone rebellious children, these are all things that are allowed or commanded in the Old Testament yet we don't do them. Do you think we should?

And those points relate to the pants issue because some here are trying to say that the Biblical command to women to not wear men's clothing means pants since they are "men's" clothing.
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I think the problem is that some people in this conversation are confused about the difference between ethical laws, and ritual laws. Not to worry! Phil Vischer is here to help! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQbo7vuQfCE
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*as Pound Foolish cannot view Youtube, someone else will have to talk about that*
Thank you Eleventh Doctor! First off, Mrs. Wiley, excuse the tirade (see why I like Emily?) But it was affective... As to divorce, Mrs. Wiley...


Deuteronomy 24:1 If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house,
Deuteronomy 24:3 and her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, or if he dies,

The Bible clearly allows divorce. However, Jesus later says...
""Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning."

This is a clear example of something taught through the Bible, which was valid through the entire Old Testament. This is just one of many examples as I and Eleventh Doctor pointed out. The evidence is obvious. And there is only one equally obvious conclusion: many of God's laws have a necessary expiration date. Especially those pertaining to women.
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Liz'alike wrote:I'm with you GG lol I think they almost hit my hair line!

I'm very sorry to have missed this discussion :(. But here I am now! (I must put in my two cents hehe)

I don't see anything wrong with jeans. If done modestly. I see girls who walk around with TIGHT jeans that have holes going up their entire legs... I don't think that's right. But I don't see anything wrong with wearing jeans if done modestly.

I personally don't like skirts (GASP)... I'm a very German girl, therefore stocky... My legs chaff, therefore making skirts a nightmare for me (pardon my openness boys haha)! I only wear them when I have to. But I always enjoy seeing others who wear them! To be honest, I would love to wear them all the time! I do feel they are a lot more feminine than jeans. But I don't (for the reasons above.)

I think it's great that you wear skirts all the time Gabby! (and Allie ;)) More power to you!
NinjaThrowingStar wrote:But it's a personal conviction, like I personally will not kiss a guy before I'm married to him... not that the Bible says it's wrong per sa, but I feel it's wrong.
I really liked what you said there, Allie. Wearing skirts full time is a personal conviction. Just like purity and saving my first kiss is really important to me. We all have different focuses. Different convictions.

(Just out of curiosity Gabby, is your family Vision Forum?)

What's Vision Forum?
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Apparently not. Christian, I do know that Gabby is a Methodist, but she has not specified further than that, I believe.

Doctor, I agreed with what you said, I will probably end up somehow restating your post.

Pound Foolish, I agreed with your conclusion, that it is not wrong for women to wear pants. I did, however, disagree with the way you came to that conclusion. You cited several laws from the old testament that obviously no longer apply, and proceeded to say that sexist rules should no longer be used.

I firmly believe that the principles behind old testament laws apply to us just as much as they did to the Israelites, as they come from God who is unchanging. The laws themselves were intended for a specific people (Israelites) in a specific place (Israel) at a specific time (not now). The specific rules no longer apply to us. Christ fulfilled the law so we do no not have to. Otherwise, we could not wear differing types of cloth, plant different types of grain onthe same field, and we would have to build (I had the perfect word, and suddenly I can't remember what it was) walls? around the edges of our roofs.

As several others have stated, I believe that dress is a personal conviction and should be a private matter between us, God, and perhaps close family. It is better to err on the safe side, but we should also not let dress hamper us constantly when it is not feasible.

Odyssey Fan Wiley, I really enjoyed your post. I think I agreed with everything you said.
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Yes, I am a Bible Methodist-Holiness.
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T.S. (myself) wrote:Apparently not. Christian, I do know that Gabby is a Methodist, but she has not specified further than that, I believe.
I have no idea what this comment is directed at.... Did I ask something about her denomination, and I just don't remember?
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I firmly believe that the principles behind old testament laws apply to us just as much as they did to the Israelites, as they come from God who is unchanging.
So tell me, TS, what principle is selling your daughter into slavery based on?
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Christian A. wrote:
T.S. (myself) wrote:Apparently not. Christian, I do know that Gabby is a Methodist, but she has not specified further than that, I believe.
I have no idea what this comment is directed at.... Did I ask something about her denomination, and I just don't remember?
Sorry about that. I thought you asked if gabby was Vision Forum (not that I know what that means), but that was actually Liz'alike.

And Pound Foolish, I'm coming to you. ;)
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T.S. (myself) wrote:
Christian A. wrote:
T.S. (myself) wrote:Apparently not. Christian, I do know that Gabby is a Methodist, but she has not specified further than that, I believe.
I have no idea what this comment is directed at.... Did I ask something about her denomination, and I just don't remember?
Sorry about that. I thought you asked if gabby was Vision Forum (not that I know what that means), but that was actually Liz'alike.
Ah, now I understand. No, I did not ask that, but, knowing what Vision Forum is, that was a valid question. Vision Forum is a Christian ministry run out of San Antonio, Texas. They have very conservative opinions when it comes to dress, music, and things like that. Skirts-only for women is one of their stances, so I can see why Liz asked that question. You're right, however, that it sounded like she was asking about her denomination. ;)
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I think that it is fine for girls to wear pants. As long as they are modest. If you and your family are convicted to wear skirts, then, by all means, do so! I also think girls should grasp that fact that they are woman. It's an honor, and we should be proud of it. But there is nothing in the Bible that says woman should not wear pants. It's like saying the Bible said that we, as Christians, should ALWAYS wear nice clothes, no make-up, and should always carry a Bible around. It doesn't. As long as we are obeying what the Bible does tell us to do, and as long as we are obeying whatever GOD tells us to do, then, by all means, do so! Some of the strongest christians I know, and are inspired by, wear pants. I don't think, "Oh, they are not Christians. They wear pants" when I see people who wear pants. I look more at how they act, what they talk about, and what they do. You know?
(By the way, I am NOT trying to offend anybody. If I did, I am really sorry)
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Ah yes, Connie. Pants is such a sensitive subject. (To be more serious, I commend you on being so sensitive... I could learn from you.)
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What makes pants immodest? At least for the pants I wear they go from my waist to my ankle and aren't tight fitting. What's wrong with that?
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So far, Sparky, almost everyone has a agreed that wearing jeans is fine. So no worries. Actually, wearing tight jeans isn't necessarily so wrong either. It doesn't reveal any actual skin, and after all, there's nothing you-know-what-ual about legs.
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Pound Foolish wrote:So far, Sparky, almost everyone has a agreed that wearing jeans is fine. So no worries. Actually, wearing tight jeans isn't necessarily so wrong either. It doesn't reveal any actual skin, and after all, there's nothing you-know-what-ual about legs.

But tight jeans show your figure. Causing people (males) to not really look at the right things....
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I have nothing to say on this matter. Frankly, I'm still marveling over the fact that you guys have made 77 posts debating the subject of whether or not women should wear pants.
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I hope women wear pants.........
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fodo14 wrote:I hope women wear pants.........
Wait... what? Why? Are you saying they don't look better in skirts?
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