Women, Creation, and the Fall

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And the dust return into its earth, from whence it was, and the spirit return to God, who gave it. Ecclesiastes The chief gift bestowed on Adam and Eve by God was sanctifying grace, which made them children of God and gave them the right to heaven. What other gifts were bestowed on Adam and Eve by God? The other gifts bestowed on Adam and Eve by God were happiness in the Garden of Paradise, great knowledge, control of the passions by reason, and freedom from suffering and death. He gave them counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, and ears, and a heart to devise; and he filled them with the knowledge of understanding.

Genesis 2, Adam and Eve, and Authority

Ecclesiasticus God gave Adam and Eve the commandment not to eat of the fruit of a certain tree that grew in the Garden of Paradise. And he commanded him, saying: "Of every tree of paradise thou shalt eat; but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat. For in what day soever thou shalt eat of it, thou shalt die the death. And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold; and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave to her husband who did eat.

Genesis On account of their sin Adam and Eve lost sanctifying grace, the right to heaven, and their special gifts; they became subject to death, to suffering, and to a strong inclination to evil, and they were driven from the Garden of Paradise. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken; for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return. On account of the sin of Adam, we, his descendants, come into the world deprived of sanctifying grace and inherit his punishment, as we would have inherited his gifts had he been obedient to God.

This sin in us is called original. Why is this sin called original? This sin is called original because it comes down to us through our origin, or descent, from Adam. Therefore as through one man sin entered into the world and through sin death, and thus death has passed unto all men because all have sinned. Romans The chief punishments of Adam which we inherit through original sin are: death, suffering, ignorance, and a strong inclination to sin.

Is God unjust in punishing us on account of the sin of Adam? God is not unjust in punishing us on account of the sin of Adam, because original sin does not take away from us anything to which we have a strict right as human beings, but only the free gifts which God in His goodness would have bestowed on us if Adam had not sinned. Was any human person ever preserved from original sin? The Blessed Virgin Mary was preserved from original sin in view of the merits of her Divine Son, and this privilege is called her Immaculate Conception.

The theme of submission carries on from the mutual submission in verse Peter also speak about submission. In English, head can mean leader, but I have yet to find an example of kephale in original untranslated Greek literature, or inscriptions or papyri, where it means leader.


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There is one instance in the Shepherd of Hermas where kephale probably means leader, but the Shepherd was written by someone who was a native Greek speaker, and some believe it was not originally written in Greek. Another excellent article! I think further support for your counter-argument against the complementarian idea that naming represents an example of exercising authority can be found in the fact that it is Eve and not Adam who names their sons further examination shows that the names are prophetic and not just descriptive, giving weight to her legitimacy in doing this.

But I am aware that plenty of other Bible women named their children.

See endnote 5. I saw that you quoted my articles on Phoebe on Christianity. It made my day! Thank you. With regard to the Christianity.

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I missed your footnote 5 before — so many examples! I think that section would be improved slightly if you added a sentence to refer to the practice of biblical women naming their children and put your footnote at the end of that sentence. Thanks for that. I feel complementarians are being misrepresented and misunderstood in this discussion. I have listen to John Piper and his message regarding complementary, divinely ordained difference between the sexes that God designed to work together in a complementary way and feel his message has been missed.

Headship or leadership in the biblical sense, exemplified by Jesus who is the leader who serves and sacrifices Himself out of love and care for His people. This is in stark contrast to the worlds idea of leadership which is the heart of the problem unrelated to gender. A person, who does not like being submissive to a leader who serves and sacrifices for the benefit of the person they look after is being disrepectful to that leader probably because they have never experienced a leader like that and instead assume they are like a worldly leader, who primarily serve themselves.

Do not miss the forest for the trees. The issue we all have is with worldly leadership not with gender differences which are beautiful, complementary and part of God wonderful design.

Hi James, Can you point to a specific statement that you think is a misrepresentation of the complementarian ideology? I certainly think that a worldly, domineering leadership has no place in the Christian community or in marriage, but I also believe that the complementarian and patriarchal concept that in a marriage between two people of equal capabilities one person should always be the leader and the other person should always be the follower, simply on the basis of their gender, has a flimsy biblical basis.

I see no New Testament evidence for this hierarchical dynamic in a marriage where both husband and wife are Christians. However, I most definitely uphold all the Christian virtues which include submission, humility, and mutual respect. I do not believe that Paul was writing about leadership in Ephesians ff.

It does occur in some texts that are translations into Greek, however. I feel too many Christians are overly concerned with the idea of authority and leadership. And I love your use of endnotes. I came across this article today and I really enjoyed it.

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I would tentatively suggest that the option, then, is that the woman was of the same breath of life as the man, just as she was of the same flesh and bone. I hope this makes sense. Sorry about the delay in replying. Computer problems and due essays have kept me away from my website. Another well-researched article. If anything, Eve was the leader and Adam submitted! But that was not the case. His sin was not in submitting to her, he willingly disobeyed God to enjoy what she gave him.

Complete selfishness that threw our world into chaos. Keep going, Marg, we need your voice.

Marg, I hope you are working on some kind of women study dealing with these issues. Complementarianism is prevalent in so many churches in America. I would love to offer a possible counter course dealing with these issues. It is a high commitment course.

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I listened to this mp3-all 46 minutes of it and went about mad with this ladies reasoning and scriptures taken out of context or ignored all together. Please consider working on an egalitarian course to counter these lies in the church. I have spoken on the created order several times, and contributed a book chapter on this subject in the Australian book The Gender Conversation. I am currently, and slowly, writing about Phoebe.

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I plan on writing a , booklet on 1 Timothy also. The created order will be covered in this second booklet. I will include questions at the end of each chapter so that it can be used as a study guide. But this probably ins;t what you have in mind.

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The Trinity has nothing to do with marriage. The Holy Spirit is called the Paraklete in John 16, and the Greek word parakletos is grammatically masculine. He did not break them! Here is an example where God is referred to in feminine terms. In Matthew God speaks from heaven. So the idea that God is consistently referred to in the Bible with masculine language, as this speakers says, is just plain wrong. Her fictitious conversations are just that, fiction.

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How is a subordinate equal with the person she is supposedly subordinate to? She tells husbands to look to God and emulate him, and she tells wives to emulate the creatures whatever that means. This is outright heresy. Eph It was Paul who used the order of creation to give legitimacy to the prohibition not complementarians.

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