Adam and Eve: A Response The passage tellshow Adam and Eve came to be. They both became manifestations andrepresentatives of God, who will oversee and protect His creations.
From thereon, they became responsible on everything around them. They ruled over allcreations and started reproducing in order to continue the legacy of God inthem. Eventually, the concept of family started from this, as people formedbonds through the relationships. Whatis interesting, based on the scripture, is the statement that goes “That is whya man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they becomeone flesh” (Genesis 1-2). This statement is very interesting because it meansso much in terms of what a family really means.
The statement speaks ofindependence, especially on the part of the man. It lies on the part that a manmust leave his parents in order to be with his wife. Just like Adam, he must beable to live according to God’s will, and oversee all the things that belong tohim.
In short, the man must be responsible enough before living with his wife,and to protect the future ahead of them. Inrelation with this, it is quite interesting to know the role of woman in afamily. What does she do for his husband? Can she do the same things that a mancan? However, the bible stated that “Adam and his wife were both naked, andthey felt no shame” (Genesis 1-2). In this passage, it can be seen that bothman and woman stand on equal footing with one another.
The fact that they wereboth naked, and have no shame only means that they share the same burden, inAdam and Eve’s case, the responsibility of protecting God’s creations. They wereboth made for that particular purpose; thus, they both have the sameresponsibility. Thus, in a family, the husband and the wife must shareresponsibilities. They should help each other in every situation they are in,and stand together in the face of challenges and adversities. Despite thepossibility of them having different personalities, and preferences, they mustsomehow find a way to cope with the family life. A husband and wife should beable to set aside these differences for the sake of fulfilling theirresponsibilities to their children, to one another, and to God.
However,despite these positive views, there is also an aspect which I found quite confusing.This is the concept as to how woman came to be. According to the scriptures,woman came from the ribs of the man (Genesis 1-2). This statement is quiteconfusing because it becomes the basis of the past and current society,particularly on the topic of gender. Some implied that it is an indication thata man is more powerful than woman.
In fact, this can be reflected on thetraditions in some places, wherein the man provides for the family, and thewoman stays at home, and is limited to household chores, babysitting, andraising their children. However, what does it mean? Why woman came from the ribof man? Why woman was created not in the same way as how God created man? Despitethe cultural differences, gender roles must never become an issue in the firstplace. After all, it is not God’s will to make woman limited to theseactivities. What God wants is to have a harmonious society wherein all therulers of His creations live in peace and are spiritually inclined. It can onlybe done by ensuring that a husband and a wife should be able to create a familythat fears God.
With that, they will be able to fulfill God’s teachings, and liveaccording to His teachings.