Ok, so the most reasonable explanation for a male-exclusive Priesthood is the evolution/culture-based one Ray, hawkgrrrl, and dande48 point out. Yes. For sure. It explains why Priesthood has been traditionally a male thing. But I guess I need to figure out what good, if any, comes from maintaining that tradition.
That's true. Jesus didn't give the Priesthood to women (that we know of). I sure wish we knew why, as well as why He didn't preach to the Gentiles. Would the men have a hard time being Apostles, for some reason, if there were also women Apostles? Was Jesus' society just too patriarchal for that kind of church structure to work well? I think OUR society may have had a hard time pulling that off in centuries past, but certainly, now, I think we could pull it off (women bishops, etc.) and be okay. I could be wrong.Roy wrote: ↑21 Aug 2017, 15:51A fairly compelling argument is that this is how Jesus organized things. He called 12 all male disciples.
He also preached exclusively to the Jews as the time was not yet right for the gospel to go to the gentiles. Later after the death of Jesus, Peter received a revelation that the gospel was to go to the gentiles.
Thanks. This is the kind of explanation I was hoping to find. I'd not thought of this one. The only problem I see with it is that we're allowing our young men to do things that our young women cannot do, even after those young women reach the biological milestones that correspond to the Priesthood ranking system. (For example, girls still do not pass the Sacrament when they begin wearing a bra.) And once men and women are all well into adulthood, and are obviously adults by all outward appearances, we still do not give women the Priesthood, or take it away from the men (it having filled its purpose at that point).
I agree that all these are definite benefits of giving the Priesthood to young men. I wonder if, by giving the Priesthood to females, we would make these benefits less prevalent for males. Would Priesthood be less likely to help men stay grounded, transition to adulthood, and become better husbands and fathers if women were given the Priesthood, too? I don't know the answer to this.Roy wrote: ↑21 Aug 2017, 17:33Nibbler, I do agree that having a role and responsibility in the community tend to make the YM better grounded than they usually are. I believe that this and missionary service helps to transition them into adulthood. I also believe that priesthood responsibilities might make men into better husbands and fathers than they otherwise would be.
Ok, maybe I should try and find those. I just assume they only have the standard ones ("men are weaker," "it's the Lord's will," and "something about Order").