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Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. ~ 1 Corinthians 14: 34-35

Upon the first reading of this passage of scripture, it seems as if it contradicts Paul’s (and therefore God’s) other teachings. And it does out of context. Read within context, we see it is actually a very easy passage of scripture to understand and does not contradict the clear teachings we see elsewhere.

Let’s backup to verse 24. It says: What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
Thus we have the reason Paul is writing to the Corinthians. He is reminding them that the assembling of Christians (brothers is used to mean all Christians) then and today is for building us was reigning at the church in Corinth. Paul is giving instructions to help the situation.

He continues in verses 27 and 28: If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. 

Here we see Paul placing a provision on those speaking in tongues. They are to be silent unless an interpreter is present.

And he again uses the word “silent” in the next verses.

Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.  If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.

Those who were prophets were told to prophesy one by one and for the others to be silent so that they could weigh what (wa)s said.
And he tells us why order must be present: For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

So now we begin to understand Paul’s reasons for the passage in question.