God Thinks Less of Women
This is an incredibly contentious issue in the church, and a major front in the war between sacred and secular communities. This is one of those areas, though, where the secular community gets it right far more often than the Church does.
God does not think less of women, nor did He place woman lower than man. The mistreatment of women is a result of the fall.
This lie begins, for most people, in Genesis 3:16, when God tells Eve, after the fall, that …”you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you."
Many read these words as a commandment for women to submit to the greater authority of men, but this isn’t the case. This line, spoken by God, isn’t a curse.
It’s a prediction.
God didn’t force woman into subordination. He simply warned that, because humankind chose its own rulership over that of God, things weren’t going to work right. People were going to subordinate people, in spite of God’s will, not because of it.
The original Hebrew word for “helper” as it is applied to women in Genesis 2: 18 is also applied to God when He assists the Israelites, and to neighboring armies giving aid to those in need. It doesn’t imply subordination—quite the opposite, in fact.
Pulled from Adam’s rib, woman is made of the same stuff as is man and is equal in the eyes of God. Of that, there can be no doubt.