04 Oct Six Important teachings of the Bible on Men and Women
Gender: The Divine Design
As per the Genesis creation account, God created humanity in two forms, male and female. Both these genders are creational and not contractual. Also, they are divinely instituted and not socially defined. Thus the Bible teaches and preaches that gender cannot be renegotiated with and any such attempt is punishable by God.
The Man was given the responsibility to lead
The ancient text teaches that the first to be created by the supreme was the man and it was him who was entrusted with the responsibility to lead. The woman who was created post the creation of man was from the man and for the man.
The man and the woman are partners
The man and woman are both responsible for carrying out God’s will to multiply and populate the earth and also subdue it by exercising dominion. This partnership is a genuine one that can now be seen in acts wherein the man exercises his godly leadership, and the woman is encouraged to participate within the Biblical boundaries.
The core of our existence
We are all men and women, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters and brothers and sisters. These relationships and gender roles are based on our divinely manifested identities. These gender identities are anything but superficial and deeply affect who we are as individuals, family members, church members and also citizens of a nation. Although the Gospel does extend to all of us, that does not mean we cease to exist as men and women of divine creation.
No room for improvement
God’s design of humanity and gender roles of male and female cannot be improved upon as they are the ultimate. The Bible preaches that it is essential to understand that God’s ways are always superior to our own. God’s design for man and woman is an expression of his goodness, beauty, and wisdom.
Current cultural trends reflect humanity’s rebellion against the Creator
In this day and age of rapidly changing gender roles and responsibilities and also the rise in many new gender groups, the fundamentals of Christianity are threatened. Current cultural trends such as transgenderism or same-sex marriages are symptoms that will eventually result in humanity’s rejection of its Creator. The Bible teaches that autonomous human reasoning is a rebellion against God and his ways. This rebellion will incur eternal judgment unless and until people’s trust in Christ remains intact. As believers of the Christ, we are entrusted the responsibility to carry forward and live his way of life and respect his design of the earth that we live in.