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Women's ambition started in Eden

Friday, May 24, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The difference in which women and men think, behave, and are made up is evolutionary with spiritual implications. One such difference is that, to men, to be satisfied and pleased are often one and the same thing, whilst to a woman the said two views are separate and apart from each other.

So, while the Garden of Eden was “good” and satisfying to its inhabitants, it was also pleasing to all except for woman, that is Eve. This proved to be the weakness, as well as the strength, depending on the context, of Eve and all women who followed.

This difference and conflict seem innocuous only until one realises that it is God, and Him alone, whose pleasure should be sought.

The devil suspected the ambitions of Eve, and seductively informed her of the prospects of becoming like God should she eat the “forbidden fruit” of wisdom. But that was not all, for she successfully sought the help of man (Adam) in fulfilling her ambitions and in sharing the burden of sin; otherwise, Adam would not have been offered a share.

Woman's weakness is her ambitions to get out of the proverbial box, even though it was intelligently and lovingly made for her, and not her for it. Man's weakness is to oblige her out of a greater love for her than for God. In spite of this, men should not take it upon themselves to be the ones to put women in “their place” or, contrarily, give her unusual powers, unless such a man is either her earthly or heavenly father; this restraint should come from women, themselves. It is therefore critical that women have healthy relationships with both these fathers, even more so than men, despite the fact that destruction and evil are done largely at the hands of our men.

Let us not lose focus — which should be on the future. Let us faithfully not lose the future, of which the only one worth having and shall remain is the Kingdom of God. The clearest that we have been shown of such a kingdom is from Jesus, to whom it belongs. May the men and women of today and tomorrow seek each other's help, and oblige accordingly, for our children's sake. For, as Jesus said of children, “...for such is the Kingdom of God.”

Andre O Sheppy

Norwood, St James


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