Because Christianity is bigger than Biblical manhood or Biblical womanhood (Blog of Retha Faurie)

The story of Eve?

Story A:

He chose his victim carefully. Not the one who got the orders directly, but the one who got them secondhand. Not the one who knows exactly what he should not do, but the one who has a vague idea. He reasons with this naive being and tells her that good things will happen if she takes a bite of what is on offer. The serpent touches the fruit. That fruit, the one of which she said “if we touch it, we die.” He does not die.

“See, Adam-woman?* You thought touching this will kill you! It does not. This is good.”

And the Adam-man stand beside the Adam-woman the whole time. He is not fooled. He knows the message was not “touch it and you will die.” He knows, unlike her, that touching it proves nothing. He does not try, from his superior knowledge, to stop her. Instead, he watches as she does wrong. She finds it good, and from the kindness of her heart offers what she finds good to him.

The female Adam shared what she found good. The male Adam did not share what he knew to be good – the understanding about the tree and its fruit.

The undeceived Adam-man eat, knowing full well that God really said they should not eat of it.

And God comes in and offer bad news: She made the mistake of turning from God, desire the serpent’s offer, and suffered harm from this, and this will happen again. She will turn from God, desire Adam, and suffer from the rulership Adam will usurp in his sinfulness.

Story B:

He chose his victim carefully. Not the one who is steadfast and will refuse to disobey God, but the one who does not care. He looks for a moment when the steadfast partner is not with her. In the conversation with this Adam-woman, she starts out by twisting God’s words. “God said we should not touch it or eat it”, she said, knowing full well God only wanted her not to eat of it.

Reasoning with this being, already so willing to believe wrong, is easy. She offers resistence, but her resistence is a mere token. He quickly convinces her to try this fruit.

And she searched out the man, the one who would have protected her from the serpent if only she would have listened his advice. He steadfastly tells her that it was wrong to eat the fruit, but the Bible don’t record his steadfast opposition. She keeps on tempting him untill he relents.

God comes in and offer a solution: God will tell the man to rule the women, so she won’t have opportunities to give in to her easily tempted, tempting, nature again.

What you as a Christian believe about this, will influence not just your opinion of women, but also of men.

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Note

*It is slightly misleading to call the woman in the garden Eve. God gave both of them the name Adam. (Gen 5:2) Later the male Adam did name her Eve (and apparently took the God-given name for himself) but at the time she was still Adam, as God named her.

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Comments on: "The story of Eve?" (4)

  1. “He chose his victim carefully. Not the one who got the orders directly, but the one who got them secondhand.”

    I’m not convinced that the woman got her information secondhand. Chapt. one says that God instructed them both. There is no evidence that the man told the woman anything. We just don’t have all the conversations recorded.

    I’ve often wondered why the man was not deceived and the woman was, but I don’t think it’s because she got her information second hand, because we’ve no evidence of that. The only hints are that the serpent spoke directly to the woman and not to the man. The serpent was the cleverest of all creatures. It could be that there was something mesmerizing about the direct conversation with the serpent that was not experienced by the man standing nearby. ??

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    • Thanks, TL. It is good to get to the truth of the story. (About secondhand orders.)

      By the way, I never said either of these examples is wholly true. These were just two examples of how we could color the story with assumptions. And we should not hold our no-good-reason assumptions as scripture, or let them color our world view.

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  2. good thoughts BTW. and yes, what we believe about the creation of humanity does indeed influence our attitude toward each other.

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  3. and BTW, I think the clever serpent chose his victim carefully. We just don’t know his exact reasoning as it isn’t stated. When we have to guess, we really shouldn’t build too much on it because guessing isn’t foolproof. But my guess 🙂 is that he likely thought (being the cleverest of all creatures) that she was his ticket to destroying humanity. After all it was through her and her gender that all future humans would be born. And she was the ezer (strong help) that the man needed. Take away the man’s help and he is weakened. Take away the means of reproduction and there is no future.

    My questions are around how the serpent thought he could convince the man to deliberately sin as well. But we’ve no information on that, but lots of conjecture. One thought is curiosity.

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