It's great to see three responses already!
Purple Sage, I agree with what you say about the humanness of the Bible. I see what you mean about God meeting people where they are at -- up to a point. For example, I don't expect my children to understand everything at an adult level -- yet I do encourage them to develop empathy to the extent that they're ready to. So I honestly don't believe that the stories, for example, of God telling men to go on a raid and take wives for themselves, or of God telling the Hebrew men to divorce their unbelieving wives and rip apart those families, are about the real, true, God.
I see it as human authoritarianism parading as "the voice of God." I feel the same way about Paul's statement that he didn't allow women to teach or have authority over men because woman was the one who got deceived into sin.
I still believe God can speak to me through the Bible -- but God has also spoken to me through Tao Te Ching and other writings, such as the things James Redfield has written.
Arduinna, what I got from Schaeffer's comments about God being appalled by women and seemingly wondering, "Oh, no, what are we going to do about all this icky blood?!" was basically sarcasm. The Bible says we're created by God and everything God makes is good, and at the same time, everything pertaining to womanhood is "unclean." You're even unclean for a longer period after giving birth to a girl than you are after giving birth to a boy. What's that all about?
As he supported his wife at the hospital with her bleeding problem, in the room with the rape kit for collecting evidence, he suddenly realized that the God that's portrayed in the Bible doesn't really love women -- and he loved his wife!
After all (and I'm adding my own thoughts here) according the the Bible, rape is basically a sin against the male who owns the girl or woman (it would probably technically just be a girl since it only seemed to count as rape if it was a virgin, and girls were usually married off and no lnger virgins by around age 12). And it's only really rape if it occurs out in the country where no one can hear the victim's screams. If it occurs in the city and the victim is possibly to shocked to make a sound, or does scream but doesn't succeed in getting others' attention and assistance, then, according to the Bible, she's as much to blame as the rapist.
Honestly, the more I look at this stuff from outside the box, the more and more impossible it's getting to swallow the idea of a loving God "working with" this sort of woman-hating mentality.
philomom, what gets me is the fact that there are still so many women being harmed by misogynistic theology.