Eve Raised
Why women think the apostle Paul doesn't like them

© 2018 by Martin Zender
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Some verses in Paul's letters mislead women into thinking that God considers them to be inferior beings—passages such as, "I do not allow a woman to teach," "A woman must not speak in the ecclesia," "Man came before woman," and so forth. In Eve Raised, Martin Zender turns orthodoxy on its head, demonstrating that, not only do these verses not disparage women, they actually show woman to be a superior creation worthy of protection.  

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My goal in writing is not only to tell the truth, but to cause that truth to soothe and heal hurt feelings between the genders. The misconstruing of Paul’s “women can’t teach” passages have turned women not only against God and Paul, but against men. Some men have deserved it. They have treated women—at least in their attitudes—as second-class saints. These passages, to men, have become text-weapons with which to belittle the female rather than protect and cherish her. The males, flattering themselves, read Paul’s words and crown themselves kings. Strange. These passages, rightly grasped, make the men dedicated guardians of the fair sex.

Let us together-pull—men and women— with new understanding. 

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Women, as we have seen, are our better selves. It is our duty to keep them from struggle and harm. They are too precious to be exposed, challenged, shot at, stoned, tortured, shipwrecked, and raped. Why not spare the sons of Adam, that is, males? Because Adam was first molded, thereafter Eve. He is the expendable one; the one of whom we require this kind of sacrifice. The woman is his glory, and her we must preserve.

What nation sends its women to the front lines of wars? Any civilization worthy of the name protects its women and children from armed conflict for the same reason the Smithsonian protects the Hope Diamond. Is it that the Hope Diamond is not good enough to mingle with the other rocks? No. It’s too good; it’s too precious. It belongs to a more esteemed category than the other rocks.

The apostle Peter also wishes for women, “a meek and quiet spirit, which, in God’s sight, is costly” (1 Peter 3:4).  Would that more women wished the same for themselves— and that more men wished to provide it. A quiet life is a promotion; it is an upgrade from teaching. It is more costly than teaching.

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Whenever I hear men gloating about being the heads of their homes and receiving more exceeding honor, I happily point out that God gives exceeding honor to that which is deficient. Pharaoh was deficient in every way to Joseph, yet still occupied the throne. “Congratulations on your exceeding honor,” I say to the husbands. “This proves that you are deficient.” It’s true. The husbands walk away sulking. I always pray that they swallow their pride and learn how rewarding it is to serve the superior gender.

I continually marvel at God’s paradoxes. God gives the lesser sex (males) the headship over the greater sex (females) because in God’s odd way of doing business, the deficient (males) get more exceeding honor. And yet, the honor of the deficient (male) is to assume the Christ-like place and serve the more respectable member.

Why didn’t God do it “the right way” in the first place and let women lead men without the power struggle? It’s called exercise of character. God says: Let us see if man is wise enough to discern the proper direction for marriage (his headship), then bold enough to articulate it. Let us see if woman is humble enough to be taught, then bold enough to live the lesson. Let us see if the husband can trust his wife enough to acknowledge her house-managing wisdom, and the wife faith118 MARTIN ZENDER ful enough (and, paradoxically, subject enough) to cherish that which has been entrusted to her.

No one can accuse God of doing things the easy way, yet who can match Him in the personal fulfillment department?