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Why Do Women Defy God?


As I was studying the Bible, I came across Deuteronomy 22:5. Iím wondering, Why do most women defy Godís Word?

Steve Answers:

I’m delighted to hear that you’ve been studying the Bible. It often leads to a closer relationship with Jesus.

You specifically mentioned Deuteronomy 22:5, which reads, "A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this."

Now let me try to answer your question. Most women violate God’s Word because they’re selfish. The Bible describes it this way: "You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God" (James 4:2-4).

So there’s your answer. But before you share this with all the women you know, go back and read everything above again. God’s Word mentioned both women and men in Deuteronomy 22:5. I think that both women and men are naturally very selfish, which leads them to defy God’s Word.

But what does that have to do with a woman wearing pants or a man having long hair? People often use this text to hammer people that they think are going against God by wearing the current style.

For example, when I was a teen, long hair for guys was in. Some people would use Deuteronomy 22:5 to "prove" that God was opposed to long hair on guys. Then some guy would pull out an artist’s rendering of Jesus with long hair.

Somebody else would denounce females for wearing pants instead of a skirt or dress. Then somebody would pull out a picture of a male wearing a skirt, like the Scottish kilt that bagpipers wear.

If you travel outside of the U.S., you’re apt to see women wearing "men’s" clothing and men wearing "women’s" clothing. This is called culture shock, not violating God’s Word.

I haven’t been to that many countries, but I’ve seen males in India wearing skirts and males in Guatemala wearing very short skirts.

So what does Deuteronomy 22:5 really mean? I suggest you check out a Bible commentary when you come to things like this that make you wonder. Or you can write to Insight, like you did, and ask.

When I looked up Deuteronomy 22:5 in The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, it explained that this verse is talking about people–women and men–who cross-dress for immoral sexual reasons.

God created males and females in His image, with the ability to be intimate with one another within the security of marital commitment. Cross-dressing for immoral sex certainly misses that mark. No wonder God is against it. 

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