Sexism a man-made creation: Jesus knew how to treat a lady


Tasiyagnunpa Livermont

God is a feminist.

Many people believe that God created Eve as a domestic, child-producing servant for Adam; therefore, women are inferior.

Jesus said to know the father, you must know the son. So, how did Jesus treat women?

In the account of Luke, Jesus visits the home of Martha and Mary, sisters of the man Jesus raised from the dead. The Bible records that Martha asked Jesus to rebuke her sister, because Mary was listening to Jesus instead of helping Martha cook supper. Jesus replied, “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it-and I won’t take it away from her.”

Again, in other accounts when the crowds of people following Jesus became hungry, Jesus enlisted the help of his disciples to serve the miraculous food to the people.

What Jesus didn’t do was holler at the crowd, “Hey, all you women! Get over here and hand out this fish.”

So where do these ideas of women as the ultimate second-class citizens come from? I believe it comes from the patriarchy of much of the Middle East being translated through the patriarchy of the Anglos in Europe and being carried to North America by the patriarchal Puritans.

Men, in much of the world, have long been in charge. I believe God predicted this in the book of Genesis. He tells Eve that her curse will be that her husband will have dominion over her. When Adam and Eve were expelled from the perfect Eden, might made right in their new environment.

That meant Adam came out on top due to his physical traits. So why did God create men to be physically stronger then women? Genesis records that Adam couldn’t find a mate suitable for him amongst the animals. Basically, Eden had a problem. And since God, couldn’t say “It was good” over this part of His creation, He created Eve. Eden already had the strength found in Adam, now it needed beauty and nurturing.

Sceptics of Christianity try to assert that Christianity, at its basis, demeans women. To do this, they often point at parts of the Old Testament where horrible things happened to women and God seemed to okay it.

What we need to realize is that this is the precise reason Jesus came to Earth. Romans says Jesus is the second Adam. Jesus came to restore all that Adam turned wrong. Adam was the one God told not to eat the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil. Eve hadn’t even been created yet.

Jesus came to free the oppressed, as well as save the sinner. But God’s will isn’t continually done in the Earth. This isn’t Eden. When Jesus told us to pray for God’s will on Earth to be done as it is in heaven, He meant it.

When non-Christians rebel against what they feel is Christianity’s abuse of women, they are right. Even Jesus agrees.

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