Part 3. Eternal life comes from God, not man

In Genesis 3:4, the serpent tempted Eve with the fruit by telling her that God knew that their eyes would be opened and they would be like God, knowing good and evil. God was the ultimate being, there was none like God.

Eve, desiring wisdom, took the fruit and ate it. Then she gave it to Adam and he also ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge, and now both Eve and Adam knew good and evil. They were banished from the garden with the new clothes on their backs that God made for them.

Then God said that these human beings had become like God in that they now knew good and evil. (Genesis 3:21-22 NIV), The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

As they left the garden, there was no leadership involved. Neither Eve nor Adam was deemed to have leadership over the other. Now they both had knowledge of good and evil, making them individually capable of doing what is good, or choosing to do what is evil. They were equal. They were equal from the beginning and they were equal after the sinning. God said so.

God is not evil, but these humans were not God, and the knowledge of right and wrong would often cause man to choose that which is wrong. We see it in God’s words, “He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

Mankind has the desire for eternal life. We want to go to heaven, we want to be saved, and we want to be with God. We believe that God wants that for us also, so much so that he sent His Son Jesus to make that possible, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

We believe that eternal life comes from God, and not from human males. We desire eternal life, but it is not ours to give or to withhold, even for ourselves.

Man has often desired to have more spiritual authority than God gave mankind. Look at Jesus’ disciples. We are told in Matthew, Mark, and Luke that James and John came to Jesus asking to sit one on each side of Jesus when Jesus came into his kingdom. Jesus told them flatly that they did not belong there. No man is divine and human man cannot be in that place. Yet men want that position and they have claimed it, by a misinterpretation of the scriptures. They have gone further than to claim it. They have chosen to teach that husbands represent Christ (the savior) in a marriage, while giving the part of the church (the lesser, the one that needs to be saved) to wives.

Women do not want to be greater in the kingdom today than males, and women did not want it back then. Women never asked Jesus for any honor to be bestowed upon them, unlike his Disciples James and John who did ask for such an honor. Women do not claim superiority over males, nor do women desire to be males. Women just claim equality.

But look back at what God said about man. God said that man would reach out and take it. Just what God said would happen, is happening. Males are stretching forth their hands, and some are claiming that males hold the power of everlasting life, and that women must denounce their desire to be males (man-gods) in order to obtain that everlasting life for themselves. In this way, they believe that human males become our gateway to God.

To become a gateway to God means that you are directly connected to God but those who enter the gateway must enter through you.

Excerpt from my book “Raising the Hood: A Christian Look at Womanhood and Manhood.”


About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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