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A nationwide poll in 2009 reported that 40% of the American population believes that the first two humans were created within the past 10,000 years. If that is the case, why does one suppose that God chose to create humans with practically hairless bodies…that is to say naked? Having fur or feathers is extremely advantageous when it comes to keeping warm and protection, so why of all the animals did God chose to make humans the most vulnerable in that manner? Even in tropical climates people wear clothing for protection and use blankets to cover themselves with for sleeping.
The Garden story posits human nakedness as the way God created the first humans, Adam and Eve, yet all the other animals were given fur, feathers or extremely tough hides or scales. It does seem rather convenient that Adam and Eve were created naked, given the theme and outcome of the Garden story. When the forbidden fruit was eaten the consequence was the revelation to the hairless couple that they were naked, thus they sewed fig leaves together to make aprons for themselves. This knowledge of nudity was the secret contained in eating from the tree of good and evil, giving God the clue he needed that they had eaten from its fruit. Imagine if the naïve couple had a coat of fur like their primate cousins, what would then have been the consequence of eating the forbidden fruit? Read the rest of this entry »
Gen.1:27 So God created man (adam) in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Then God blessed them, and God said be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
Gen.5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name adam (man), in the day when they were created.
I find it fascinating to observe that the first time the Bible mentions God creating man adam, is that of male and female being made equally in His image….with no mention of any kind of difference being made in their creation….both are given the blessing to go forth and multiply. It is only with the advent of the Garden story that a whole different picture is presented of man and woman’s creation, and that being of man formed from the dust, and woman taken from man. The Garden story is somewhat resolved with the closing verse uniting Adam and Eve as one flesh….thus, being deemed as equals.
Gen.2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Now, jumping way ahead in the Bible to the words of Jesus in the New Testament, one finds that He not only brings together Gen. 1 and 2 to blend them and reiterate the equality in the formation of male and female, but also their uniting into one flesh.
What is particularly striking to me though, is that Jesus seems to deliberately overlook everything between Gen.3 and Matt. which documents a litany of negative results from God’s curse on Adam and Eve after they were kicked out of the Garden. These curses destined woman to a veritable “prison sentence” of suffering, and gave man a license to rule and abuse her….instead of them working together as equal partners, one part is elevated in status above the other. This seems to go against and revoke God’s previous proclamation of man and woman being one flesh, thus having an equal status.
Matt.19:4-5 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Mark 10:6-8 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
Another interesting point to note in Mark 10 is that Jesus maintains symmetry between a man putting away his wife, and a woman putting away her husband even though under the law of Moses women had no divorce rights.…keeping perfectly with the idea of a woman’s equality in the eyes of God.
Mark 10:11-12 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
Finally, the last place that male, female equality is mentioned is when Paul declares in his Epistle to the Galatians, that all peoples no matter what their gender, race, or status in society are united as one in Christ.
Gal.3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Any minister, or teacher that tries to impose restrictions on the freedoms of women simply because of their gender is in serious error, and going directly against the words of Jesus.