This article was originally published in The Virtuous Daughter, a magazine for young women.
What is the core of a biblical woman? We throw around the term, “Biblical Womanhood,” but what does that really mean? I think usually when we say “Biblical” womanhood, we are making a distinction between a worldview that is centered on and shaped by God and a worldview shaped by the world.
Our worldview is what we believe about origin, destiny, purpose, and morality. It answers the questions:
- Where did I come from?
- Where am I going?
- Why am I here?
- What is morally right?
As Christians, we look to the Bible for the answers to these questions. In contrast, the world seeks for answers in current cultural knowledge. This creates two very different worldviews, and consequently, two very different lifestyles.
We could spend a lot of time looking for what the Bible says specifically to or about women, and creating a philosophy of womanhood from that. It really wouldn’t be that hard for you to do a word search and find that for yourself. However, I think it is most important for you to learn to develop a biblical worldview.
A biblical worldview will shape you as a woman, no matter what life stage you are in. It will shape you as a teenager and student, and it will shape you as a thirty-something wife and mother, business owner, missionary, or whatever you become. So how can you cultivate and grow your worldview?
Be a Thinker
Cultivate your mind. Read good, intellectual books, not just fluff. Study well in school or on your own. Listen to ideas that perplex and challenge you. Dialog with people that make your mind work. When you hear sermons or sit in Bible classes, keep your mind in gear. Evaluate what you are hearing. Don’t become cynical, but learn to use discernment. When you hear things you don’t understand or aren’t sure of, dialog about that with people you can trust. Don’t just say, “Well, I don’t understand it, so it must be beyond me.”
We’re talking about shaping a Biblical worldview, so remember to evaluate what you are hearing, reading, and seeing. What humans say is never perfect, but we can always trust God’s word to be true. If there is a contradiction or someone is wrong, it is not the Bible. With this in mind, we can learn from others that believe differently than we do.
Dig into the Bible and find out what it says for yourself. Learn to use resources like concordances, interlinear Bibles, and commentaries. Biblehub.com has many resources for free, and they are very easy to use. Don’t just focus on certain passages, study whole books. The passages on womanhood are very helpful, but the rest of the Bible is equally important to us as women. For instance, Colossians 3 talks to everyone, male and female, but has huge ramifications for myself as a woman, in ways that are different than if I were a man.
Why is this so important? Your worldview will shape who you become. You can do the “right” things for Christian women to do, without having a Biblical worldview. However, if you do the things that make you different just because your church, parents, or peers tell you that this is right, ultimately you will leave it behind. However, if you choose to be a different woman because you have deep convictions and an unshakeable faith in Jesus, you will have the courage to remain countercultural. So be a thinker! Open your heart and mind to Jesus, and let him shape your worldview and your womanhood.
Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey
Anything written by Francis and Edith Schaeffer—Edith also has some books on womanhood.
The Reason for God by Timothy Kellar – This book has some things I disagree with in regards to creation, but is still beneficial.
Think by John Piper
Kay Arthur has many books and study guides using the Inductive Bible Study method.
SheReadsTruth.com has a free daily devotional and reading plan to get you started.
The SOAP Bible Study method is easy and good—an internet search will give you the basics and many free resources.
Fierce Women by Kimberly Wagner