Proof Men and Women Have Not Changed
In this “episode”, I would like to share my thoughts on how men and women have not changed since the beginning of time. Now before I dive into this, let me be clear. This is meant to give you a chuckle and hopefully make you smile while sharing some insights on our behavior. If anyone is offended by this, please forgive me for that is not my intention.
Ok, now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let us begin.
Many of you may know the story of Adam, Eve, and the serpent. If you do not, then I will fill you in on the story. In Genesis Chapter 3 of the Bible, Adam and Eve were living in the Garden of Eden, enjoying life as they knew it. Now that is an assumption on my part, but I digress. One day a serpent, which the Bible says was the most cunning of all the beasts of the field, entered the garden. Oh and it could talk as well. Most think the serpent to be the devil. I’ll leave that for your own interpretations. Anyway, the serpent approached Eve and began to twist the truth of what God told her and Adam and manipulated her into disobeying God. What happened next is the part that most of us who have read the passage miss.
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” [Genesis 3:6, NIV]
HE WAS THERE THE ENTIRE TIME!!!
Now this only makes sense when you understand that God had placed Adam in the garden to “work it and take care of it.” [Genesis 2:15] In other words, it was his job to protect and preserve the garden. So knowing that makes me wonder a couple of things….
- What made the serpent approach Eve and not Adam?
- Why did Adam not say anything? Why did he not stop the serpent?
<Insert Jeopardy Music Here w/ no intended copyright infringement>
EVE WAS THE BOSS OF THE GARDEN!!!!
She wore the pants….er…..well…nothing at that time but…..anyways, you get the idea. Adam knew that if he stopped her or told her no, then he may have a serious argument on his hands, which us men abhor. In addition, he probably would be sleeping on the living room couch…er….tree for a while.
If Adam had done what he was supposed to do or his JOB, if you will, of protecting the garden, then they would have never had to fashion clothes out of leaves, they would not have been cut off from the garden or God, and we might still be walking around naked today….I say might because it gets cold here in Michigan and the thought of walking around here without any clothes on…..YIKES!! YIKES!!!
I will leave this to you to decide what it means for you and what you can take from this. Again, I have my own thoughts, but it is better for you to interpret it for yourself. I will say this, though, later on in Genesis 3 when Adam blamed Eve in response to God’s questioning regarding eating from the tree, he might want to blame himself…..just saying…then again herein lies another piece of evidence that men and women have not changed. Both men and women tend to blame each other, when maybe it’s ourselves that have played a part in causing the problem. Maybe our own selfishness is to blame….more on that at a later date.
Hope you all enjoyed this look into the peculiar thoughts that run through my brain from time to time. I will leave you with another that kind of goes along with this one….
Do you think that God told Adam and Eve which leaves were good to use for toilet paper or do you think they had to figure it out on their own? How might that have gone? Again…YIKES!!
As always, I would love to hear or read your take on this. Please leave a comment, if you are so inclined. Have a great day!!
Jonathan Hart MA, LPC, NCC
Lighthouse Psychological Clinic, PLLC