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Did God give the Male Permission to Rule over all Females as Punishment for Eve’s Sin?   

 

Renette Vermeulen 

 

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The Following is an Extract of the free Book, Relationship Versus Religion 

 

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 humankind’s 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, or Satan, and the rest of creation.  Because God loves humankind so much, He even protected them, (to a great extent), from the consequences of their 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. 

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 for Me to your husband, thereby scrambling your priorities, his sinful nature will cause him to lord over you.  He will rule you with an iron fist and be the boss of you instead of loving you].” 

 

THE MAIN REASON FOR SPITITUAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE 

Our mixed priorities - desiring the favour and acceptance of humans instead of desiring the acceptance of God above all else, is the 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 entrap us in sin to become the slaves of those who abuse us, simply because we ourselves place them in the position to do so: Mt. 22:37-39.

We should carefully and prayerfully choose all our relationships.

If we allow a relationship, (whether it is with our spouses, parents, children 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 allow the control of foreign, merciless gods 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.

Footnote, Spirit Filled Bible, “[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 home.  It does not pertain to her role in God’s UNIVERSAL PLAN, which is her place, calling, and work in secular society.)

“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, but rather as a role assigned to the husband toward the wife as a means toward reinstating the original partnership.  It does not assert male dominance [of any sort] over females.  It does assign husbandly responsibility for [GODLY] leadership in the marriage relationship.” 

 

THEOLOGIANS INTENTIONALLY MISINTERPRETED “HE SHALL RULE OVER YOU” 

It is not enough that pagan, Hebrew, and Christian patriarchs 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, 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.

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.)  His one and only wife, whom he promised to “love and cherish” all the days of his life

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. 

 

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,) 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 family home.  God was talking about the marriage relationshipHe did not curse women to a life of abuse and slavery, subjected to all men on every level of existence.  In reality, God warned humankind that the fall would drastically damage the marriage relationship, family relationship, and relationships in general.

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 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 any other man or men in general]…”

This submission is an attitude of mutual respect because “every one of you [husbands] in particular must so love his [own Godly] wife [singular] as his own body; and the wife must respect her own [Godly] husband.” 

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. 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 in a wide house.” And Prov. 12:4 commends Godly women as follows, “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband; but she that makes ashamed, [draws him away from the Lord, plunges him in debt, cheats on him, belittles him, etc.,] is as rottenness, [a destroying cancer], in his bones.” 14:1: “Every wise woman builds her house; [in the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit,] but the foolish woman plucks it down with her own hands.”

Why do we not find the virtues of the Godly husband in the Book of Proverbs or elsewhere? 

I would say that this is so because the whole world was, and still is in the hands of misogynist men, who believe they do not need to be “virtuous men and husbands,” because they are superior to women on all levels of life. 

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