Men and women of the Bible

 

 

Adam was as much female as he was male

 

 

 

Kenneth Copeland teaches the following doctrine about Adam: ‘Adam was made in the image of God. He was as much female as he was male. He was exactly like God. Then God separated him and removed the female part. Woman means ‘man with the womb.’ Eve had as much authority as Adam did as long as they stayed together.” (Sensitivity of Heart, KCP Publications, 1984, p. 23). This teaching is taught also by many Jews who affirm that Adam was androgynous, (that is, partly male and partly female in appearance) – the word androgynous comes from Greek androgunos (andr ‘man’ + gune ‘woman’), and then God separated the female part from the male part. In order to support this teaching the following verse “Male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27 – NIV) is quoted.

 

Confutation

 

According to the Holy Scripture, Adam, the first man, was not an androgynous being, and Eve, the first woman, did not come into existence by separating Adam or removing his female part, for God made the woman from one of the ribs of man. Here is what the Scripture says about the creation of both man and woman: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. …. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. ….. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Gen. 2:7, 18, 21, 22-23).

Therefore, I exhort you to repudiate the above mentioned false teaching.

I would like to point out to you the following thing: since Copeland says: ‘Adam was made in the image of God. He was as much female as he was male. He was exactly like God’, this means that after the female part was removed from him man was no longer made in the image of God. Don’t you think so? However the Scripture teaches that man is still made in the image of God.

What does the Scripture mean then when it affirms: “Male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27 – NIV)? It means that God created both man and woman, for He created man first and afterward He created the woman. The apostle Paul confirms this when he says: “For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man” (1 Corinthians 11:8-9 – NIV).

Beloved, let no one deceive you with empty words.

 

 

 

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