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Did God give Males Permission to Rule over all Females as Punishment for Eve’s Sin?
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ABUSE WAS NOT EVE’S PUNISHMENT
That day of the fall, when Adam and Eve sinned in Eden, was the darkest day in all of human history.
However, in God’s great mercy, He cursed neither the man nor the woman directly.
Though the fall occurred through the disobedience of both Adam and Eve, God still placed the brunt of the curse on the snake, which was abused by Satan, and on the rest of creation. Because God loves humankind so much,
He even protected them, (to a great extent), from the consequences of their own sin, (Jn. 3:16-17.)
To this day, God’s innocent creation still has to bear the brunt of humankind’s disobedience, (Gen. 3:17b, Rom. 8:19-22.)
Instead of cursing the woman directly, God warned her against the consequences of her sin, as well as the particular enmity that now existed between her and the devil. As she would bring the Savior into the world in centuries to come, the evil one would fix his attention especially on her as the ‘heart’ of her broken home, while being subjected to her now violently abusive husband, (Gen. 3:15-16.)
The first manifestation of Satan’s hostility towards humanity was the wrong interpretation of God’s prophetic warning in Gen. 3:16, “Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; [through your disobedience you have done this to yourself; because sin has now became flesh in humankind, sickness and pain without divine protection will also infect the human body and the human soul], in sorrow you shall bring forth children; [the fall will work destruction in your human relationships as well; from now on your children will be disobedient, ungrateful, and unmanageable], your desire shall be to your husband and he shall rule over you, [because you moved your desire from Me to your husband, thereby scrambling your priorities, his sinful nature will cause him to sinfully lord and harshly rule over you. As the physically stronger of you two, he will dominate you with an iron fist and be the boss of you instead of loving you].”
“He shall rule over you,” was definitely not God’s commandment but His warning to all womankind; because at the moment sin entered Adam, misogyny or the hatred of women took possession of him. Straight away, Satan targeted God’s holy covenant between Adam and Eve and the perfect marriage relationship they had. Thus, when God held him accountable for sinning, Adam immediately turned on his wife, and said to God, “This woman You gave me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” Slyly, old Adam neglected to confess to God that he wilfully sinned while the woman was deceived by Satan, because he understood very well that they were forbidden to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, (Gen. 3:12.) Yet, this did not justify Eve’s response when she had to give an account of what she had done. She followed Adam’s example and blamed the snake for deceiving her, (Gen. 3:13.)
This proves what we experience and witness from that day on. Just as God warned, through the ages, the physically stronger Adam has been violently and lovelessly oppressing Eve instead of accepting his loving husband-servant-provider-protector role, which will always remain one of God’s creation principles that humanity must live by. This is why men have ‘always’ been born into the mindset of viewing women as ‘lesser’ beings; the common property of all men, whom they can abuse and oppress as they please. Eve, in turn, could no longer respect an abuser who disrespect her and “lord” over her. So, from that day on, she also began to neglect and twist the respectful, comparable but supportive, marriage-partner role, which God assigned to her at creation.
THE MAIN REASON FOR SPIRITUAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
Humankind’s mind was totally corrupted at the fall. And our mixed priorities - desiring the favor and acceptance of sinful humans instead of desiring the acceptance of God above all else, nourish this main reason for the spiritual, emotional, and physical abuse, which we suffer, (Gal. 1:10.) God commanded us to fix our attention wholeheartedly on Him, (Ex. 20:1-6.) If we truly submit to God and make Him our highest priority and our first love; directing our total obedience towards Him, no relationship will ever have the power to snare us in sin to become slaves to those who abuse us, simply because we ourselves passively place them in the position to do so, (Mt. 22:37-39.)
We should carefully and prayerfully choose all our relationships. But because of ignorance and gullibility, we are hardly ever in a position to know who we are striking up our relationships.
Still, if we allow a relationship, (whether it is with our spouses, parents, children, other family members or friends,) to force us into neglecting and rejecting God, we are actually preferring, and thereby serving, an idol that is controlled by Satan. Such relationships foster the control of foreign, merciless gods or demon-controlled humans over us, which will ultimately destroy us on every level of life, (Mt. 10:37; 1 Cor. 15:33; Eph. 5:10-11; 1 Cor. 7:11-16; Ex. 20:1-5.)
Þ Footnote, Spirit Filled Bible, “[God warned Eve that through the fall] there will be a major marring of her appointed roles as wife and mother… [Note that this speaks of the woman’s role in God’s Specific Plan, her marriage and other personal relationships. It does not pertain to her role in God’s Universal Plan, which is her place, calling, and work in secular society as a whole.]
Þ “He shall rule over you, [acts as a warning of the impending abusive danger, which husbands and men in general would pose to women as the physically smaller and weaker gender,] and asserts the divine assignment of the husband’s servant-leader role. [In the whole context of Scripture,] there is no evidence that this was ever intended as] a diminishing of the wife’s [place, role,] person or giftedness, [in society and in the ecclesia,] but rather as a role assigned to the husband toward the wife as a means toward reinstating the original partnership.
Þ “It does not assert male dominance [of any sort] over females. It does assign husbandly responsibility for [Godly] leadership in the marriage relationship.”
SIN-INFECTED THEOLOGIANS INTENTIONALLY MISINTERPRETED “HE SHALL RULE OVER YOU”
It is not enough that pagan, Hebrew, and Christian patriarchs or so-called ‘god men’ twisted God’s warning regarding the consequences of Eden’s broken marriage-family relationship; they blatantly changed it to “God ordained it so that all men shall lord over all women on every sphere of life as if they were married to all of them.” They conveniently annulled God’s Universal Plan for both sexes to manage creation as equals, which was not cancelled by the fall, and perverted His Specific Plan for husbands and wives, (the marriage,) home, and family, which was corrupted, but not negated by the fall either, (Gen. 1:27-28; 3:16-21.)
Þ The “own wife” of one husband is not just “one of the girls!’ She is “the [love or] wife of his youth, his companion, and his wife by covenant, [thus,] God made them one,” (Mal. 2:14-15.) A husband’s wife must be his one and only wife, whom he promised to “love and cherish” all the days of his life.
Þ Likewise, the “own husband” of one wife is not just “one of the boys.” He is her husband by covenant. The one, whom she promised to respect, (in everything good and Godly,) follow and obey, (as the Godly, wise, dedicated provider-protector leader) of their home and family — despotism and tyranny excluded!
MALES AS WELL AS FEMALES LOST THEIR POSITION AS GOD’S KINGS THAT DAY OF THE FALL
Both sexes fell from the glory of God.
When God warned Eve that henceforward husbands would rule abusively over their wives. (and men in general would discriminate against females on all levels of life,) God was not speaking of His Universal Plan, the joint-rule of male and female over His creation, from which He suddenly ‘withdrew’ the woman. He referred to the way in which sin would desecrate His Specific Plan, the marriage and family home. God was talking about the marriage relationship. He did not curse women to a life of abuse and slavery, subjected to all men on every level of existence. In reality, God warned humanity that the fall would drastically damage the marriage relationship, family relationship, and relationships in general.
Þ The fall changed the Godly love of husbands to lust, sinful male-dominance and misogyny, (hatred of women.) From that day on, sin-possessed husbands would oppress, and emotionally and violently abuse their wives. Not because God ordered it so; because Satan possesses them so.
But speaking this great truth in love is not the propagation of any rebellion against God’s house-order, for Eph. 5:22-33 commands: “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own [Godly] husbands, as unto the Lord. For [in the marriage covenant] the husband is the [spiritual] head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of His body… Therefore as the body, [which is a spiritual woman, Christ’s bride,] is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own [Godly] husbands, [not to unrepentantly sinful husbands such as adulterers and other abusers, or to other men in general]…”
Þ This submission is an attitude of mutual respect between genders and marriage partners in particular, because “every one of you [husbands] must so love his [own Godly] wife [singular] as his own body; and the wife [singular] must respect her own [Godly] husband.”
Þ Because unbelieving women possess that same sinful nature from the moment of the fall in Eden, henceforth they too, would play their part in ruining the marriage relationship. Most of womankind would not respect their “own” Godly husbands anymore. Wives would belittle their husbands verbally and strive to sinfully control, manipulate and rule them, and they would turn God’s home-order upside down. Rebellion and a lack of respect for even their good husbands would destroy their marriages, families, and family-finances.
Hence, Prov. 21:9 states, “It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman [or man] in in a wide house.” And Prov. 12:4 commends Godly women as follows — and this also fit Godly husbands perfectly, “A virtuous woman [or man] is a crown to her husband [or his wife;] but she [or he] that makes ashamed, [draws him or her away from the Lord, plunges him or her in debt, cheats on him or her, belittles him or her, etcetera,] is as rottenness, [a destroying cancer], in his [or her] bones.” 14:1: “Every wise woman [or wise man] builds her [or his] house; [in the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit,] but the foolish woman [or man] plucks it down with her [or his] own hands.”
Why was I compelled to add the virtues of the Godly husband to this passage; knowing that “[spiritually] in Christ, there is neither male nor female, but we are all one in Him [Who bought us with His blood and filled us with His Holy Spirit?]” (Gal. 3:26-29.)
This is so because the whole world was, and still is in the hands of misogynist men, who also wrote and rewrote the Scriptures, (Mark 7:13; Mt. 15:6-9,) believing they do not need to be “virtuous men and husbands,” because “in the eyes of God,” they are allegedly superior to women on all levels of life.
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