08.17.12 ~ Opposition in the Human Heart between the Spirit and the Body


Genesis 3:16 seems to suggest that it is often at the expense of the woman that this happens, and that in any case she feels it more than man. <– It is fascinating to that concept of men and women being ‘wired’ differently from the perspective of Genesis.

The analysis of that “beginning” (cf. Gn 2:23-25) shows precisely man’s responsibility in accepting femininity as a gift and in borrowing it in a mutual, bilateral exchange. To take from woman her own gift by means of concupiscence is in open contrast with that. The maintenance of the balance of the gift seems to have been entrusted to both. But a special responsibility rests with man above all, as if it depended more on him whether the balance is maintained or broken or even—if already broken—re-established. <– Feminists completely miss this [among a million other things and then some]. “Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord: Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Chris is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ: so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church and delivered himself up for it: That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life: That he might present it to himself, a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes it and cherishes it…” Ephesians 5:22 – 29


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