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  • In the midst of fiery debates about how the world was created and the scourge of original sin on humanity, there is something pivotal that many Christians haven't factored into the gender equality discussion. Even fewer pastors and clergy have spoken about it but it remains in Genesis nonetheless.

    In Genesis 3, as some of you recall, the human race dipped into a tailspin that's still dizzying us today: sin.

    As the story goes, God graciously blessed Adam and Eve with an unblemished paradise. Further, he gave them free reign over everything in this vast world except one tree. Just one.

    Of course, the presence of evil wasn't ready to quietly celebrate the perfect execution of God's creation. So he brought with him a possibility, the possibility to forsake an ocean of greatness for a drop of poison. (It's important to note here: evil as understood prior to the curse in Gensis isn't tangible apart from the serpent. Only the possibility for evil exists)

    Most of us know the story from there. For those who don't know, I'll summarize it with this: Adam and Eve accepted the serpents proposition and defiled God's creation. That's when sin entered.

    The result of their sin was three multi-layered curses: One for Adam, One for Eve, and One for the serpent. If you want to read the text and curses in full, please refer to Genesis 3. What I'm going to focus on is Eve's curse. Yes, CURSE.

    In Genesis 3:16, it states "Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” Let's pause for a minute and think about this.

    If Adam and Eve's sin resulted in a curse and part of that curse is the husband ruling over the wife then what was it like before the curse? While I won't jump to many conclusions without facts, I will say this: the very clear implication is that man did NOT rule over the woman nor, as some translations say "lord" his power over the wife but rather they existed in harmonious equality.

    This is a big thought, a very big thought. The next one is even bigger

    In Matthew 5:48, Jesus said "But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." It was a COMMAND, not a passing suggestion, to live with the aim of God's ideal standard in mind. Obviously Jesus knew we wouldn't always get it right- that's very clear from the Gospels- but he gave us the direction and destination he wanted all the same. That is His command to "be perfect".

    Now, let me ask you a few questions: what's perfection to God? It's the the absence of sin. What happened in the paradise he gave to Adam and Eve? They sinned. So what was their paradise like before sin? It was perfect.

    See what I'm getting at?

    If Christians are really living out their faith, and following Christ's command to be perfect while taking Genesis 3 into account, isn't it fair to conclude they should be fighting for gender equality as well? Isn't reasonable to suggest they should be praying for it, just as much as they pray for relief from the other curses in Genesis?

    In my opinion, it is.
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