Thursday, February 13, 2014

WAS EVE THE ONLY TRANSGRESSOR?

I was going through some old papers that I should have either filed or thrown away a long time ago when I ran across an article I had written some years ago about how I failed to understand the patriarchal demands of the church I grew up in.

1 Timothy 2:8-14
English Standard Version (ESV)
I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.  

The words are not hard to understand, but putting them together with what we know from other verses in the same New Testament does make the meaning hard to understand.  And really, did the author of Timothy want us to buy that Adam had no blame to bare in that deal in the Garden of Eden?  Was it really all Eve's fault?


Romans 16:1English Standard Version (ESV)
16: 1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, Footnotes: Or deaconess

There are many more references to the contribution women made to the early church.  In 1 Corinthians 11 you will find these words, "but any woman who prays or prophesies".  I don't think she does that when she is by herself.

If we paid as much attention to the words and actions of Jesus as we do to the words contributed to Paul that keep men in charge of the church, we would be about the work of spreading the Good News and doing the deeds that come from loving our enemies as much as we do ourselves. We would be doing Kingdom work for the Prince of Peace.

This is the verse that sums up things in the sight of Jesus. Written by the same author they say wrote the first verse I quoted.  

Galatians 3:28
English Standard Version (ESV)
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

I don't think Adam should get off and Eve take all the blame and I don't think the bride of Christ should be run by males only.  I will not know for sure until I can ask Him, but for now my answer is that Eve was not the only transgressor.

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