Thanks for asking about this
important subject. Let us first discuss what God intended in the
beginning. For this we have to read a passage in the Torah about
creation. [By the way, the Bible includes the Torah as well as the
In Genesis 1:27: "God created
man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and
female he created them." In Genesis 2:18, 20-24: "The LORD God said, ĎIt
is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for
him.í ÖSo the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air
and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was
found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and
while he was sleeping, he took one of the manís ribs and closed up the
place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had
taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ĎThis
is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called
woman, for she was taken out of man.í"
So as you observe, both men
and women were created in the image of God. They are each responsible
for their own actions. All the Bible commandments relate to them on an
equal basis. Even when Adam and Eve were punished, it was not only Eve
who sinned but both of them. (This is against a popular view that Eve
alone was to blame.) God created them this way so that they would
complement each other rather than compete against each other. Think of
the implications for society in general and for marriage in particular!
That harmony brought joy. That relationship between man and woman was in
Godís image, as mentioned in Genesis 1:27. We do not have the tradition
that more women will be in hell than men. Hell is not gender specific,
it faith specificóeither you believe or you do not believe.
The words "it is not good for
man to be alone" and "making a helper suitable for him" show a unique
relationship between the man and the woman. God created human beings as
social beings. We really cannot live on our own without relationships.
The word "helper" means mutual support and companionship. As the Bible
also says, "two are better than oneÖfor if they fall one will lift up
The question then is asked:
Why did God create woman from Adamís bone and flesh, and not from the
dust like he did with Adam? The answer is that Adam would understand
that the woman was like him (Genesis 1:23). She had his human nature.
She had the same spiritual nature and soul, the same intelligence. She
was also created in Godís image.
Another question may be
asked: Do women have the same privileges as men or not? Genesis 1:28
says that God blessed them both and gave them both the authority over
You may ask: Why did God not
create the woman at the same time as he created Adam? God let Adam know
all the animals and this way he let him experience loneliness
emotionally. When he realized there was no one like him (Genesis 2:20),
God gave the solution and Adam rejoiced and understood that now he had
exactly what he needed (Genesis 2:22-23).
In the Injiel we find
the following in Galatians 3:28: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave
nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." In 1
Corinthians 11:11-12: "In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of
man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so
also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God."
In the West you see many
instances of women being used as sexual objects. But this is not the
Christian view. It is important to differentiate between the
Bible-believing Christian and those who live in the West but do not
believe in the Bible. Not all Westerners are Bible-believing Christians.
The Christian view is stated in the Injiel in 1 Peter 3:3-6: "
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair
and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be
that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet
spirit, which is of great worth in Godís sight. "
We can make the assertion
that man and women are equal in Godís sight. This does not mean
physically because they are biologically different as well as similar.
Both male and female digest their food the same way and basically have
similar hearts, lungs, intestines and livers; but females bear children,
while males cannot. Before God they are worth the same. God loves them
equally and expects them to be obedient. They are both responsible and
accountable before God on an equal share. This view has been reflected
in the Civil laws of many countries, so men and women share equal status
as far as the law is concerned. Consequently the womanís testimony is
equal to the male testimony in court. We can conclude that the Bible has
a high view of women as well as marriage.
Let us summarize what has
Man and woman have the same
Both are created in Godís
Both were given authority
over the earth.
Man and Woman do not have the
Man was created first in
relation to her and is to lead;
Woman was created second in
relation to him, and is to complement him.