Originally Posted by Legendary
So I understand that many people follow this. But how does this apply to other couples outside the heterosexual category. Does this mean that other types of relationships are wrong? I was thinking about this because when having a discussion with my mother about homosexuality and this that surround it this topic came up. I didnt know now to explain this.
I would start by understanding the context of the biblical passage, which is stated by Paul at the very end of that same chapter. He's not speaking about the roles men and women (or wives and husbands) are to have with one another, he's speaking about the more important and relevant subject (which was Paul's subject all the time in his writings btw...)which is the relationship between Jesus and the church (and not the organizational one we know today, but that's a subject for another day!)
Jesus's most important concept, as written throughout Paul's writings is all about the role of Jesus as Lord and his Relationship with his bride, the church, the ecclesia (called out ones, in greek). It's not a manifesto on the relationship between husbands and wives.
And I say that because in the previous chapter and verse right before where you started your quote, Paul is talking about people submiting to each other (including men submitting to women and wives).
So if we follow the flow of the text, how can we each submit to one another and then a few verses later be told only women have to submit to men? And why isn't Jesus mentioned first if order/ranking/hierarchy in the family was important? So you have to carefully study that chapter to get what Paul is talking about. Because if the order actually mattered, then why is the husband mentioned first and not Jesus?
Just something to think about, I hope it helps.