RE: Vatican

From: gordon brown <gbrown@euclid.colorado.edu>
Date: Thu Nov 10 2005 - 17:09:42 EST

On Thu, 10 Nov 2005, Stephen J. Krogh, P.G. wrote:

> I suppose you were commenting on my post. Eve wasn't created just to be a
> gardening helper, but to complete him. Another male would have been better
> suited to work with Adam in the garden. It is clear that is not the case.
> Adam felt incomplete. Adam seeing all the other animals in the Garden. Did
> they have mates?
>
> [22] And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman,
> and brought her unto the man.
> [23] And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she
> shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
> [24] Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave
> unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
>
> These verses really don't make sense if Adam just needed a helper.
>

The creation of Eve had multiple purposes, not just to supply a helper. It
just happens to be the one specifically mentioned before it took place. I
am afraid that focussing on the sexual partner aspect has caused this
passage to be misused by Christians to justify a negative view of celibacy
even though several New Testament passages have positive things to say
about it. This negative view is also a factor in efforts to soften Jesus's
hard saying in Matthew 19, which, ironically, is based on this same OT
passage.

Gordon Brown
Department of Mathematics
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0395
Received on Thu Nov 10 17:11:51 2005

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