Originally Posted by mikesova
well, then if it was just added because at the time women weren't educated is it still the "infallible divine word of god"? which parts are and which parts aren't?
also, could we add that "in the context of the times" to other things? like not eating shellfish? or being gay?
Realize too that this was a letter written to the Corinthian church for the Corinthians. That adds alot of context for us. Here is a great explanation http://www.wcg.org/lit/church/ministry/women9.htm
Much of the Bible is applicable to life today as it was then, like GeneralLee said, its instructions are timeless if you understand WHY it is saying the things it is. Realize, this was written 2000 years ago and is still extremely relevant to our lives today. There were some things that were just plain different at the time this was written.
In the exact same way, the gay issue is one of the few issues that is considered sin throughout the whole bible regardless of culture. Even in the new testament, which was written in the extremely pro-gay roman culture, homosexuality is considered sexualy deviant and sinful.