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Ecclesiastes 9:5 is part of a wisdom commentary and lament by Solomon as to the common experiences and outcomes shared by both good and evil people. His remark that, "they are conscious of nothing at all", refers to the fact that the dead have no part in the world of the living. They don't know what is happening on earth after they die. Similarly, "they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten", points to the end of their participation on earth. None of this passage has to do with their eternal state.

God's morality is unchanging. He never approved of slaves being abused. Again you are blaming God for the evil behavior of ancient Israelites. God never changed His rules. The Israelites sometimes obeyed and more often did not. They were punished repeatedly until they were finally destroyed. If God approved of their evil He would not have wiped them out. If you want to say that the Israelites made up their own rules - fine. They did, and paid the price for doing so when they conflicted with God's laws.

The genders were given roles that reflect the spiritual chain-of-command (1 Cor 11:3) in a home and church. When I was an Army Officer I had some commanders over me (including a woman) who were not as proficient as I was in certain areas. Should I have told them how to do their jobs? Or insist that I be the one in charge in certain circumstances? Obviously not. I had to follow the chain-of-command regardless of skill. It doesn't mean that one of us was more important or a more valuable human than the other.

Leviticus 12 has nothing to do with sexism. Just because you don't understand the role of blood in atonement, the reasons behind the particular curses given to Adam and Eve for their responsibility in the Fall of Man, the symbolism of circumcision, clean and unclean emissions and their relationship to purification and worship, etc., doesn't mean "there is no logical non-sexist reason" for the laws concerning childbirth in ancient Israel. Unfortunately, this area is too complex for a simple answer. I found a study that goes into some detail if you care to take the time: http://bible.org/seriespage/offending-god-clean-and-unclean%....

The subject of women covering their heads in worship is another area that requires some significant exegesis. The covering in this case is symbolic of her own spiritual authority and is not related to culture or fashion. Here is a lengthy but excellent exposition of 1 Cor 11:2-16: http://www.ovc.edu/terry/articles/headcovr.htm

"In like manner also..." from 1 Tim 2:9 clearly indicates that both men and women received similar instructions for propriety of worship. No anger, no disputing, no disruptive clothing or jewelry. The focus of worship should be on prayer, good works, and so forth, and not outward appearance or inappropriate behavior.

Ron Paul - Honorary Founding Father