Equal & Different, Different & Equal

As men and women, we are different in abilities and equal in value. It has been this way since creation.

God is the creator of humanity, which He Himself named “mankind” (Genesis 5:2). The humanoids of mankind are each created in one of two forms: Male and Female.

“God created mankind… male and female He created them.”

~ Genesis 1:27

The first humanoid that God created was a male, which He named Adam. He was given the purpose of overseeing the planet and all of its living resources.

“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’”

‭‭~ Genesis‬ ‭2:18

God knew that Adam was going to need help in the form of a companion, so He put Adam into a deep sleep and took out one of his ribs, and from his DNA created a new humanoid in a female form.

Adam was amazed at his new companion which he aptly called “woman” because “she came out of a man.”

Interestingly, in the original language of Genesis the word used to describe the creation of Adam is different from the word used to describe the creation of Eve. Adam’s creation is described using a generic word for “formed,” while Eve’s creation is described using a more intricate and delicate word for “fashioned.”

In our parlance, we might say that Adam was formed like a Milk Canister (ruggedly utilitarian in purpose), and Eve was fashioned like a Ming Vase (utilitarian also, but very delicate with great beauty and great value).

When the qualities and skills on a man and a woman are brought together, functioning as a team, there is a wholeness and a completeness that was missing when it was just the man, Adam. The wholeness and completeness are brought into each person on an interpersonal level, and to the fulfillment of their original Divine purpose:

“God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’”

‭‭~ Genesis‬ ‭1:28‬

Both male and female have unique qualities, abilities, preferences, appreciations, etc. that God designed for each of them. When these things are brought together in a marriage relationship, the differences are complementary of each other, two halves making a whole. And when it is done in this way, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

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