“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King.
In the blog post, “Why did God make woman?” by “Biblical genderroles.com), BG talks about how women are not equal to men, are man’s property, and other bllsh*t. Today, I will try an “essay-like” approach (Statement, Explain, Xample) to respond to BG’s post and to give a clearer and more accurate interpretation of what the bible actually says. But first, please remember to like, follow and comment.
Back to the essay-like approach- I believe that God made women to subjugate the earth alongside men, to be their own person, to do all the good things that God had planned for them to do and to generally live a good and blessed life here on earth. My evidence of this comes from personal experience, bible study tools.com, Google, common sense, a response video by Jimmy/Mr Atheist and the AMP (amplified) bible version. Here goes:
We start with Mitochondrial Eve
The word/name “Eve” is in Hebrew, “Chavvah” which means “life” or “life giving”. Eve was to be the mother of all human beings. But, did Eve actually exist once upon a time? While I can’t prove Jesus’ genealogy, I do know that mitochondrial eves exists and this is more than just one “Eve”, but this is talking about multiple (mitochondrial) eves of which from a common ancestor/s descended all of us. According to Jimmy’s video, there are multiple mitochondrial eves right now today, who will be ancestors of all the people that will live in the future in about a few thousand years.
By the way, it might be good to make clear that just because Eve is also a “mitochondrial eve”, doesn’t mean that this is the role or purpose of every woman out there. But even though not all women will ever reproduce and choose the journey of motherhood, I’m sure we’re all connected in some way and we all share DNA. Or at least, I predict this, since I can’t prove it.
More profound questions from the blog post:
Let’s see if you can answer these questions before I reveal to you what the bible says according to this blog post. Here are the questions:
- But what kind of companion did God design her to be to him?
- And what kind of helper did God design her to be to him?
- Did God intend for her to be an equal partner with her husband
- and equal helper with him?
- Or did he intend something else?
Hmm…it’s so difficult to answer.
Here’s my take on this:
- We are all equal under God’s eyes. One evidence of this is that we all go through death. Even the people in the Bible who didn’t get buried still had to leave earth. No one is more favored than the other. We are equal. We just don’t exercise equality.
- We were all designed to take care of the earth, animals, and people together, in unity and harmony, as people with the same goal.
- We are equal but God intends something specific for you and me because we are different and we’re interested in different things.
Did I get a bullseye? Let’s see what they say.
6:36 (to follow along with Jimmy).
The blog post jumps over to the second book of the bible, Exodus. At this time of the biblical story, the Hebrews, God’s people, are in the wilderness/desert and God gives them the Ten Commandments. From this moment on, the Hebrews no longer live under grace but they now live under the law. Also during this time, and for many decades, there has been a distinct difference in the role between man and woman, male and female. This is for cultural reasons specifically for the Hebrews, but also because back then, there just were these roles for men and women.
The last commandment, which can be found in Exodus 20:17, is also known as a “thought crime” in which we must not covet, desire or even think about wanting something that a neighbor owns. We must not want their house, servant, donkey or boat. (the boat is a modern-day example). We also must not want for ourselves, our neighbor’s wife.
I see this as a way to protect wives and because in those days and also to this day, men tend to think they can take and do whatever the h*ll they want. But the blog post and unfortunately a lot of religious people believe that because women are grouped together with property, that it means they are inferior to men. This is one of the many dangers of wrongly interpreting the bible.
The last bit of the verse in the AMP says, “…or anything your neighbor owns.”, which further cements the idea that women are property and are to be owned. Oh, contrare (did I do that right?), women, girls, females, and wives are NOT property just like how servants aren’t property either. But perhaps this was part of the Hebrew culture back in the day. Perhaps when we say that husbands own their wives, it is not in an “I’m better than you” kind of way but is more because they do own and belong to each other because of their union in matrimony. Just spitballing here.
Much like how, in my last blog post of this series, “biblicalgenderroles” used the Gen 2:18-23 verses to justify how women were made to be helpers, not equals to men, they’re using another stand-alone verse again, to justify how women were AND STILL ARE property, and therefore, are not equal to men in any way, shape or form. I’ll cover this in the next blog post.
However, I could create a counter argument using the bible but just different verses. So it’s important to, first of all, be holistic when reading the bible instead of looking at it as an instruction manual made in the Bronze age, that’s still completely relevant to follow for 21st Century people. The second thing is, KNOW YOUR SH**!
So that’s all the time we have for this episode. I’m hoping my third episode will be the last because I’m sick of this sh*t.
And now, it’s detox time…