Your world view is greatly determined by the way you answer this important question.
Men and women are equal.
This world view may show itself in a lot of striving to prove our equality. When favoritism is shown or life seems unfair, it is only natural to fight for our rights. Any weaker party should be given to and any stronger party should be taken from in order to level the playing field.
Do differences (in gender, strength, appearance, gifts, talents, success…) make life unfair?
Women are inferior.
This world view is often confused. When men see women as less than, or when women see themselves as less-than, it is only natural for the genders to conflict. A man trying to prove himself may mistreat the women he wants to overpower. A woman feeling down on herself may accept abuse that she does not deserve.
And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Genesis 2:18
As Christian women, we need to understand if woman was an after thought or creation’s grand finale.
Women are superior.
We could look at men and see that they couldn’t handle being alone; we all know that men need help [insert lol emoji]. But this worldview is also wrong.
The Truth is, the differences in gender were meant to show us a bigger picture.
Man was created in the likeness of God: strong and powerful; a provider, protector, worker, fighter… and someone who longs for companionship.
When God paused in the creation process to have Adam name all the animals (Genesis 2:18-20), perhaps His intention was to show the bigger picture. Each species had two genders. Adam was alone because he was not yet complete.
Without woman there would be no procreation, but more importantly, the human race can only fully reflect the image of our Creator with the union of both genders.
- God is not just strong, He is beautiful.
- He is not just powerful, He is tender.
- He is not simply a protector and provider, he is relational and nurturing.
- He’s a lover AND a fighter.
- He has a deeply compassionate side that longs to be seen, known and understood.
I imagine that more creatures Adam identified-male and female, the more he longed for a mate of his own. I imagine he began to recognize that God longed for relationships as well.
Once Adam understood that it was “not good” to be alone, God took a rib from his side and formed woman.
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:31
In reality, without the differences in gender, creation was not good; with them it was very good.
No, woman was not an after thought, she was the grand finale of God’s plan. She is not inferior, but she is also not superior. She’s just different. God’s desire was to have a relationship with the human race. He designed each of us in His likeness (Genesis 1:26, 27). Man does not do that completely, neither does woman, but when they come together, they show a glimpse into the bigger picture.
May each of us reflect Him well, no matter which of His traits we have.
As an author and speaker, Catrina’s passion is in helping women and girls overcome confidence conflicts, especially those involving rejection, betrayal and loss. After 30 years in the beauty industry as both a cosmetologist and an image consultant, Catrina now uses her profession, her own powerful stories and her training as a Biblical life-coach to reach the heart in a way that is relatable, encouraging and inspiring. Her message is balanced with both fashion and faith and is making a difference in the lives of women and girls all over! To be part of this movement, connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linked In, Goodreads and consider having her speak at your next event. Visit http://catrinawelch.com for more information.