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August 06, 2006

The State of the Sexes

Ever since I got into a Bible study on gender this past year I have been alert to articles, specifically secular ones, that address that area. They abound.

Today I read an article in a homemaker magazine that explained men (finally!). The evolutionary psychologists, etc. that the writer quoted helped her to discover that men's tendancies stem from thousands of years ago, from before or from since "got down from the trees". For example, men are attracted to curvaceous women because thousands of years ago they realized that those were the women that were more likely to be fruitful and multiply. Men have a hard time sticking to one partner (I am quoting the article) because years ago they were trying to preserve their family lines. Menget thishave a harder time distinguishing between colours because really they just used to run around hunting animals. Women, who worked with various types of berries, etc. developed better colour recognition over many, many years.

How sad that a nice little homemakers' magazine publishes this article as fact when it is speculation. They didn't even say "Those who believe in an evolutionary viewpoint will agree that...". It is stated as if that is the only paradigm through which the world can be viewed. As the Scripture says, we want to think that things always continue as they have been...no flood, no future judgement...no Divine intervention.

The Bible has a lot to say on gender issues, but it doesn't say that we got where we are through millions of years of evolving. So much could be said on this issue, but suffice it at the moment to say that the state of the sexes does involve trees, but not in the way that the writer of that article mentioned. We (in Adam) got down something we shouldn't have from a tree. Then One (the second Adam) got up on a tree to reverse the wrong so that we can eat again from the tree that God wanted us to eat from—that tree of life. If we would only admit that we were created by a personal God, that we sinned and need saving, that would be a gigantic step to understanding ourselves. Does it seem insulting to admit that you are sinner? Well, is it not insulting to say you came from a zoo animal?

No, I know, it runs far deeper than merely being insulting.

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