Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Men versus Women

Angie here: 
Between the Bachelor (and many other TV shows, media, and societal impressions and jury duty yesterday, I've been noticing the complete opposition of men versus women. So much that we turn the opposite sex into a caricature of who they really are.

Caricature of a man.jpg

Did you know it's a biblical thing since the Garden? 
Genesis 3: 16
  To the woman he said,
   “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
   with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
   and he will rule over you.”

Yep. We did it to ourselves. Women desire men and men desire to rule over women. It's a difficult consequence of disobedience. Think about it. No desire to rule over women existed prior to disobedience. Prior to disobedience, harmony and peace were taken for granted. It's just the way things were. Does it mean that a man should rule cruelly or powerfully?

No, that's not what it says. In fact, Colossians 3:19 says,
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 

How do you feel about men versus women? 
Do you think we turn people into caricatures?
How do we stop creating caricatures and see people for who they really are?


4 comments:

  1. Great topic, Ang. You know a couple of years ago my pastor challenged us to try to see people how God sees them. Wow--what an eye-opener.

    The scripture tells us women to submit to the man, but it also tells the man he needs to love us like Jesus loved the church. We need to look at the whole picture.

    Great post!!

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  2. I'm so glad this topic connected. I think we have such a strange situation happening with all the skewed ideas of male and female these days from roles to relationships.
    Angie

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  3. Great thoughts, Angela! the novel that I'm writing has a chapter in it about the peace and harmony that was in the garden before the fall... We can only imagine- peace between the sexes! :)


    Linda

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  4. I bet that will be a great novel, Linda. :)

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