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For now, a question…

03 Feb

I hope to address this in more detail soon, but I figured it would make good food for thought in the meantime.

As I continue to study the topic of women in ministry, I’m continually seeing the complementarian argument appeal to the order of Creation. Adam was created first, and according to the argument, this means he was created with the principle of the firstborn. As the “firstborn”, he thus had unique responsibilities and priveleges. Probably a third to half of the points of contention point back to this argument, saying that we have to ask ourselves the question of why Adam was created first, when God could have easily created man and woman at the same time.

I have several thoughts on that, but it occurred to me the other day that maybe this is asking the wrong question. Should we be asking why God created Adam first, or should we rather ask the question, “Why did God create Adam alone” (especially since He knew that it was “not good”)?

Think about it — I am, and I hope to write more soon.

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Posted by on February 3, 2009 in Women in Ministry

 

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9 responses to “For now, a question…

  1. mustardseedrevolution

    February 3, 2009 at 5:48 am

    It depends how literally you take the Genesis creation account!

    Grace and peace,

    Ed

     
  2. Amanda Beattie

    February 3, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Quite literally, for my part. 🙂

     
  3. brianbeattie

    February 3, 2009 at 7:40 am

    “Why did God create Adam alone?”
    That is such an excellent question.
    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

     
  4. Nathan

    February 3, 2009 at 8:01 am

    I’ve never asked that question before. Maybe God wanted Adam to experience not having a help-meet, so that he could appreciate one when she was created? That doesn’t seem right though – why would God make something not good, just to come in later as the “fixer-upper”?

    If God had created Adam and Eve both from “scratch”, then they would have been independent. If Eve sinned, it would not have affected Adam, and vice versa. By taking Eve out of Adam, God made her dependent on Adam, and also made Adam dependent on her. I don’t think this was a co-dependency though, in the way we currently think of the word. This was a holy union, showing that a husband and wife truly become one. It has got to be a picture of the marriage of the lamb to the bride.

    So it looks to me like God created Adam first so that He could then pull Eve out of him, flesh of his flesh and bone of his bones. This way, the marriage covenant was created. There would be no way Adam could ever think of falling for another woman – who else was created from him?

    At least, that’s where I’m thinking. I’m interested to hear what your thoughts are.

     
  5. Jim Thornber

    February 3, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Amanda,

    I, too, take Genesis very literally. Adam was not created alone; he was surrounded by everything God created. However, by naming all the animals, Adam was learning that all the animals were paired — except him. Now Adam is learning something God already knew: it was not good for Adam to be alone. It is not good for anyone of us to be alone. God is not alone and neither should we be alone. Furthermore, I think Adam was created alone so he could learn the joy and necessity of family and community. God likes us to discovery His grace and provision. He is not one to simply give us the answers and take away the joy of discovery and creation. Remember: God did not give Adam a chair. In essence, He gave Adam a tree and said, “The chair is in the tree. Go get it out.” Eve was in Adam. It was Adam who had to discovery the necessity of letting Eve be Eve. But that is an entirely different subject!!

    Blessings,

    Jim

     
  6. christiankane

    February 4, 2009 at 4:47 am

    I still think my favorite point in this topic is that God made women from men and God made men from the dirt. It kind of rocks the complementarian near-deification of manhood to realize that when you walk down a dusty road, as a man, you are walking upon what is essentially the building blocks of your original materia. I think it says something astounding about God’s value of women in that he used flesh to make them as opposed to dust.

    Perhaps I’m overthinking this, but the order makes much the same statement. If you go to your average church, the pastor would tell you that man was the last creation because, being the image bearer, he was the most special of all God’s creation… the crown jewel, if you will, of the creation event. However, man is not the last of God’s creations… women are. Everything on this planet was spoken into existence except mankind. However, women are the only being on this planet that was made from already living and breathing matter. That makes women the single most unique creature on planet earth. Intense, eh?

     
  7. tsnow24

    February 19, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    My thought is that he was created with out eve to produce longing. Longing for partnership. God wanted Adam to feel this because God himself longs for a bride. God was giving Adam an invitation to the emotions of God.

    That’s my two cents.

     

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