Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Root of Feminism

So lets take everything we've ever thought about Feminism and turn it on its head.

Origins: Eve

To the woman he said,
"I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing;
with pain you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.
"
Genesis 3:16 (NIV)


I've heard this curse translated two ways. This way was intensely helpful in my dealing with my singleness and my lack of desire to be single. I wanted a husband - I desired a husband. The pain that this desire caused while God continued to refuse to fulfill it was unbearable. With all the stuff out there in the church saying "God is all you need" and "Be happy in your singleness", I thought there was something wrong with me for feeling this way.

Turns out there was, but it wasn't unique to me...it was an epidemic of sin in the hearts of all women.

The other way I've heard this translated was this:

Then he said to the woman,

“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you.
"
Genesis 3:16 (NLT)


This one would definitely prove that "Feminism" is a result of our original sin and it IS something we have to deal with. And this is where modern day feminism separates women into two groups:

Those who fight against their innate sin and humanity to be obedient to God and those who don't recognize this desire as sin.

Sure, probably most don't, but I think that showing mercy on those who do strive to fight against it, even if they fail in some (or many) areas is what God has called all men (and women) to do.

"Forgive me as I forgive those who sin against me"

1 comment:

matthew5sixteen said...

Hi Christina,

I made a post on my blog about your "Root of Feminism" post. I hope you enjoy it. It doesn't add that much to the conversation other than some commentaries I found online. I made a few comments about how technology may relieve some of our burdens brought on by the curse, but that in the end it is only Jesus who can truly relieve all of our burdens.