I know why the Serpent went to Eve first. She had thought God was speaking her language. “Don’t do it.” We’ll talk some more, she thought. If Adam had stayed single the poor, simple man would’ve just listened to His Maker. The Serpent knew he could bring the world crashing down on its head if he could tickle Eve to analyze what God’s word had really meant and why He had said it.
I’m just glad God is a man.
Speaking of guilt, our new miniseries is right around the corner.
62 thoughts on “I May Be a Man, Part 2”
Soliciting such a succinct comment from Paul is a major accomplishment!
Hey, Paul. When are you going to post again?
“Soliciting such a succinct comment from Paul is a major accomplishment!”
He understands far more than most of us do on most things. For me to have confused the hec out of him and robbed him of speech, I musta been brilliant in my convoluted woman-speak.
Hey Mark! the next planned post on CM is Oct 2 – a journey to Kansas. thanks so much for asking!
Paul, look what you’re doing. Exile here doesn’t even comment on this post. Just asks so when’re you posting again, Paul? ‘S a good thing CM and I are secure women. Others would feel threatened.
Men need to be careful when they choose wives. Even if they refuse to admit it, a woman has the ability to make his world crash. Ask Abraham, David, Solomon and of course Adam *sighs*
Thank goodness God is a man.
Man –> head of the house
Woman –> neck that turns the head
How many women got ask for input on the Bible? Eve could have been framed. 😉
She was smart. She knew what she was doing. =) As for women’s input, God put Jesus inside Mary and her in the Bible, too. =)
LOL! Hey, cut Eve some slack. She was deceived by the serpent. Adam’s the one that tried to blame God Himself. Like it or not, Eve was honest. She flat out explained that there was this snake….. Adam is the one that tried to blame God himself, “this woman YOU gave me.” Hence they both got tossed out of the garden.
It strikes me as a bit amusing, if the fall of man can be called amusing, but men and women haven’t changed one bit since those days. Men still try to point fingers at women, even at God Himself. Women still kind of like to pretend we have no idea what happened.
Great interplay here, between bytes, and Wayfarer
=) Thx for sitting with us. In the fun.
“Women still kind of like to pretend we have no idea what happened.”
LOL!! (We are SO not clueless.)
But, does God exist?
Don’t be asking a woman. You’ll get answers more complicated than your male mind will want – or need. ‘S why most preachers are male. They’ll give you much simpler answers – that you can trust.
Hoah!! *I’m on a roll. Let me go chk how many female readers I have lost*
Oh, I thought they took the preachers life to avoid the stress of the corporate world…
Preaching and dealing with a crew of messed-up people are stressful, I understand. =)
Or, sadistic fun?! 😉
Christians are very good at masochistic fun.
Oh really? I did not know that. So are Hindus..
Careful Rajiv – she’s a fire and brimestone preacher. She’ll rattle the bats out of your belfry.
Heh!Heh! I know… But, I took the risk!
I like to see courage in men. It is wimpiness that irks me so.
Oh, wimp I am not!
I assume your tongue is firmly planted in your cheek. I’m just glad God is fully neither, but transcends every aspect of our humanity, men and women. Love your “cheeky” writing style. 🙂
Poor Eve… Meanwhile, Adam totally ignores his maker and takes the apple and (love this) BLAMES Eve AND God for his transgression. He tells God the woman YOU GAVE ME (Hey, God, it’s your fault – you gave her to me after all) gave me the apple and I ate it.
Now that I think about it, not only did Adam dump blame for his own eating of the apple on God and Eve, where the heck was he while Eve was traipsing around Eden? Eating figs somewhere else in the Garden? Weak fellow didn’t even know what his wife was up to… or did he? Was he hanging behind Eve, letting her take the initiative in testing the apple theory out? Heck, maybe he was one of those shiftless fellows who sends his wife out to bring home the bacon! (ahem, in this case the apple)
Why are all these men so weak that they cry about women bringing them down? It’s their characters – not a female – that leads them to ruin. And that is true for all of us. We take responsibility for our own choices.
I hope you know my response is mostly tongue-in-cheek (well, not the part about personal responsibility). As a reule, I don’t mess with the Bible, girlfriend! 😀
Liked your post, but then I usually like ’em all.
“Why are all these men so weak that they cry about”
Exactly, Kate. Many read through all the comments and I will confuse them. We all suck – each gender on our own day. And I am well familiar with the exegesis on Genesis. He was a doof letting her take over the wheel, whether he was asleep in the backseat or in the two-chariot garage on the hammock in lunch coma. We can’t cry about anyone’s having done anything tO us – unless they physically overpowered us. Well, except when other women stick their foot out to trip us. We all have a choice. Nice hearing from you. (Took my bashing Eve to break your silence, eh? lol)
Ah, Diana, I may not always comment, but I always read your posts! But, having said that, now that I know you enjoy hearing from me, I’ll be more of a presence. 😀 You may start to get sick of me!
I enjoyed this post, and I got a chuckle out of your responses to my comments. I particularly liked your line ‘responsibility is not infallibility’ – I’m going to pin that one to the bulletin board above my writing desk.
Ha ha ha. Honored you would post me on the wall. Thanks, Kate. And no, I don’t see myself getting sick of you. =)
Forgive the typo above. 🙂 I meant ‘rule’ – not ‘reul.’ Darned touchscreen keyboard! (Get me, passing the blame my poor keyboard’s way when it was me who failed to proofread – so much for personal responsibility! 😀 )
Responsibility is not infallibility. =) Accidents from eager commenting always forgiven here.
An Irish Setter would have cost Adam an arm an a leg.
‘Cuz he tended to snooze on the job?
No. It’s an old joke. The punch line is, “So what can I get for a rib.”
Women do have a special influence over men. For either good or evil.
Eve to Adam over an apple. Mary to Jesus over wine.
One event banished humanity from Eden. The other showed the way back.
And it is a woman’s body whence you came – not a man’s. Her very life, your own.
My take on it, is that this was the second of several commandments (the first being “Get a job” – to “dress and keep” the Garden – and the others being “Be a faithful husband” – to “cleave unto his wife” – and “become a father” – to “be one flesh” again), none of which Adam knew how to do. The forbidden fruit also held “the knowledge of good,” so he was given a choice, with a consequence: “for in the day that thou eatest thereof….” Adam’s options were to stay in the Garden and wait for God to visit and tell him what to do, every time; or to eat and have to leave, but be able to figure out how to do things independently.
Eve wasn’t there when God and Adam agreed to the terms of the lease, but I get the impression that Adam may have exaggerated a bit when he told her about it, because of what she said to the serpent: “neither shall ye touch it.” When Adam found out that she’d eaten the fruit, he realized that in order to obey all of the commandments (including sticking to his wife), he’d have to eat, too. Eve was deceived, but Adam decided that he’d do what would ultimately lead to the greatest good for the greatest number. Unfortunately, by the time God showed up, the knowledge of evil had also kicked in, so when Adam was called to account, the guy waffled.
Ain’t religion fun? 😉
The jury’s still out on whether he exaggerated in his paraphrase for her or she did in the self-talk and engagement with the Serpent. Let’s see…who’s more likely to exaggerate, men or women?
“When Adam found out that she’d eaten the fruit, he realized that in order to obey all of the commandments (including sticking to his wife), he’d have to eat, too.”
For real? You think he’d be this complicated? lol
He saw (her eat).
She looked fine enough (didn’t fall down dead).
Food sure looked juicy and tasty (way to a man through his stomach).
“Let’s see…who’s more likely to exaggerate, men or women?”
Who’s the party that’s responsible for telling “fish stories”? As in, “you should see the one that got away….”
“You think he’d be this complicated?”
I don’t think that “might as well be hanged for a sheep, as for a lamb” is too complicated a rationale, in this case! 🙂
That’s right. ^^
The serpent beguiled Eve! Which means insidious! I’ve known a few smooth talking snakes the key is to not pay attention and don’t listen or give him a foothold! Hum!
There’s wisdom in keeping the door shut don’t even go there!
I like this a lot! It is beautiful how you think! 😄
LOL Not sure everyone would agree my thinking’s been beautiful lately. But thanks. And yes — all’s he needs is a crAck in the door of our heart, the snake.
Slam. Yes! I loved that! 😀
Girl what you said changed me! I need you to know I slammed the door and it is because of your beautiful bold truth. It’s like I snapped out of it. Doesn’t help when you leave a crack. Slam means slam. I want to slap myself right now. Thank you thank you thank you for your beautiful boldness! 😀
Ha ha ha Great. Thx for sharing.
The facts are Eve was tricked, but Adam ate the fruit by choice.
Wellll, the guilt is debatable… =)
I think we spend too much time trying to analyze what God meant.
I’d have to examine the different contexts in which we do that.
Perhaps what we have here is the very first conspiracy theory. Eve, bored by life in the garden and knowing Adam would not leave with her, conspired with the snake to dupe the guy and get them both kicked out. Just saying.
Creative, I’ll give u that.
Intriguing intro/teaser Diana! Looking forward to seeing what you’ve prepared for all of us.
You had already jumped fwd, D. =) The miniseries was just the two guest posts A Perfect Woman and A Curtain…Us, the reblog on watching out for male doctors, and the one on the rapist. I may bring up the rear, call it a wrap. =) Thanks for following along.
Clearly I’m a bit behind on my reads, Diana 🙂 xo
Not an issue here. Was simply ordering it for you. Never an obligation to get through it all. =)
Some of the most rational people I know are women. Some of the most emotional idiots are men. Let me put it this way, the serpent would have been pretty dumb to go after either of the women in my immediate family.
In other words, I think you’re overestimating the differences between men and women.
LOL I’m sure I would be more rational about it between cycles.