19 June 2012

Zambia: The Bible Started Gender Inequality


THE Bible is one of the contributing factor to the gender inequality which has led to gender violence.

In Genesis 1:27 we are told that, "a male and a female created he them" in other words, chapter one clearly states the equality of the two sexes.

However, chapter two states that the solitude of the first human was unsatisfactory and he indeed a compatible partner. Therefore God, put him to sleep and created the woman out of his body.

Biblical scholars explain that two different groups of scribes wrote the creation stories and each group was influenced by their idea of women. Group A believed in the equality of all humans and therefore they depict the man and woman as equal but group B believed that women are inferior to men therefore they describe the man as the first human on earth and woman as subordinate to him.

But some people in the world do not accept that human scribes wrote the Bible, even if these scribes were inspired by God.

These people believe that the Bible was written by God in its entirety, if so, then these believers have to admit that there is a problem: if in Genesis Chapter One God created a man and woman, yet Chapter Two tells us that the man was lonely - then they need to explain the following: who was the first woman (from chapter one) where did she go to? And where is she now?

The Bible tells us that the woman who was created second was called Eve, but it says nothing about the name of the first created woman (in Genesis Chapter One) the woman in chapter one was equal than the woman in chapter two, why? From this we can carefully see that the Bible has been a contributing factor and many do not know that, the Bible only tells the story of men's lives, no wonder it is called History, not her story nor our story.

THE idea is that these were men who held the pen told women throughout the ages what women should do and what they should not do. It was not God but rather men who placed women as second class, as outsiders not of the same level of themselves and to crown it all, these men were commanding the women to look up to them as in the creation story that Eve was told, "your desire shall be to your husband and he shall rule over you" (Genesis 3:16) women started to develop sense of rejection toward the texts, especially where this text tells us to be good women: to help the men, let them rule and above all, to keep quiet. Suddenly, women like Eve which (in Hebrew Hava) is the " mother of all living" were seen in totally different light, not as paragons of virtues but rather as the core of female subservience. I strongly believe with the rise of feminism, the truth shall be known soon because there are few shovels to bury the truth on Earth!!!

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