Kernel, in one sentence you discriminate against women - 'it is more appropriate for a man to lead a nation than a woman'.
Ok, so the word discrimination is normally used with a negative connotation. If we remove this connotation, than I will certainly agree that the Bible discriminates. As well as you, me, and everyone else.
Discrimination based on sex: in sports there are boy teams and girl teams, in movies we have boy parts and girl parts, in marriages a man often keeps his last name, in politics a man is normally the leader, in jobs there are many instances of discrimination, .
Discrimination based on race: in movies we have parts requiring certain national origin, in law enforcement police officers may order their suspects based on racial analysis.
And then there are other things we discriminate about which are fairly obvious: age, strength, mental abilities, etc.
Discrimination based on all of the above can be good. But it can also be evil.
You say 'men have more competitiveness and desire to lead', and cite these as strengths, which is interesting because I don't consider the pursuit of power a strength, and neither would your God. Our sexist society also punishes any women who display a desire to lead, solely for the reason you just cited as to why you would prefer a man.
The pursuit of power isn't what I said. What I mean is that men would want to lead more than women would, generally.
Humans wrote these religious texts - these are human interpretations -
You might not like this but for those who can accept it, 2 Peter 1:20 denies that prophecies of scripture come from anything but God. Now, would this also apply to all of Paul's letters, and even the letter I just quoted from? Well, I think it's good to absorb these writings similarly to how it was originally purposed, while also understanding that certain aspects of culture (commonness of head coverings, for example) may be different now than they were then.
The God that I believe in is pro-equality. Little else matters, as this single value is the fundamental building block for every value.
What does equality even mean? Does everyone have to be equal? People differ from each other in many ways.
Edited by Kernel Mustard, 17 October 2016 - 05:50 AM.