|Sistine Chapel Ceiling: Creation of Adam - Michelangelo|
|1st Story of Creation - Man and Woman |
were created at the same time.
|2nd Story of Creation - Adam was created first.|
Catholic Bible scholars believe that Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 were written by different authors, at different eras, for different purposes. (Peacefulwife Philippines Note: I am currently studying General Theology and Liturgical Theology & History, at St. Vincent's School of Theology and this was part of our discussion.)
Creation Story #1 was supposedly written by Priestly authors.
That is the commonly accepted phrase that expresses belief in inspiration.
And by "inspiration" is meant that God, or the Spirit of God, was at work in the community of Israel and in the early Christian community to produce, through a number of human authors, a series of books that witness to God's revelation of Himself through history. That Divine Self-Revelation reached its climax in Jesus Christ (Heb 1:1-2). The New Testament is the Final Witness to the revelation from God which focused on Christ." (The New American Bible, Eugene H. Maly)
Theologically, there is NO contradiction.
Historically, there is.
However, we should always read the Holy Book by the spirit and not by the letter, and so we shouldn't take things too literally.
The order of creation seems wrong.
If they do not jibe, does it mean, the Bible is not telling the Truth?!?
"God never contradicts Himself. He’s omniscient! He knows the end from the beginning; how could He possibly contradict Himself? When we’re confronted with an alleged contradiction, the problem isn’t with the Word of God; rather, it’s with our understanding of the Scriptures."
(The Berean Bible Society)
Both are theologically TRUE.
|April 17, 2004 -- Alejar-Cleofe Nuptials|
Where does BIBLICAL SUBMISSION fit in?
Should we even be submitting, at all, to our husbands?!?
We know that:
1) Man and Woman are equal in God's Eyes. Man and Woman are equal in dignity. Nobody is superior to the other in terms of essence. Both were created by God in His Image and Likeness. Both reflect the wholeness of God by each person's uniqueness.
2) Woman was made for Man to be his helper. Though equal in dignity, Man and Woman do not have the same roles. Woman's Purpose on earth is to help Man fulfill his own God-given purpose, while also finding her own God-given purpose through marriage (if married). In Holy Matrimony, Man and Woman are no longer one, but become ONE person or ONE flesh.
Saint Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians gives this instruction for Christian Households:
1. Both husband and wife must submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Meaning, both are of equal standing before God. Nobody is superior or inferior. They both submit to Jesus Christ. (1st Story of Creation)
2. The wife must submit to the husband in everything, because the husband is the head of the wife (2nd Story of Creation), as Christ is the Head of the Church.
He goes on to quote in its entirety what was written in the Book of Genesis, on the FIRST MARRIAGE ever, in the history of mankind -- that of Adam and Eve's:
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24 and Ephesians 5:31)
|Jesus was obedient to the Will of the Father, |
all the way to His Death on the Cross.