About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Down The Sanctity Of The Sexes
"God said, let us
create man in our image, and in our likeness …" (Genesis 1:26) The
Hebrew word "tselem" translated as "image" means
"a shadow". The
Hebrew word "demuwth" translated as "likeness" means
"similar". Man was
created as "a shadowy similarity" of God, but has subsequently
become a "sinfully sad shadowy
similarity" of God.
" … in the image
of God He created him, male and female He created them" (Genesis
1:27) I realize there are
differing opinions of this passage. Here's
mine. After God created man,
He pulled woman out of him. The
removal of woman from man suggests to some that man was created with both
male and female characteristics. Some
believe that God Himself exhibits both male and female characteristics. Thus
man was made in His image. Even
though the Bible portrays God as being masculine, He is known as "El
Shaddai", which means, "the one with breasts. Of
course, the Bible is speaking anthropomorphically here.
God is spirit, neither male nor female.
He is portrayed in human terms to help us better understand Him.
Since God created woman
from man, man was meant to be united with, or as the Hebrew text suggests,
be glued to, his wife. (Genesis 2:24)
When Adam first laid eyes on Eve, he said, "wow! this is bone
of my bone, flesh of my flesh". (Genesis 2:23)
Okay, the text doesn't mention him saying "wow", but
think about it. He had just
woken from surgery. As he
cleared his senses, standing right before his very eyes, was a perfectly
created, beautiful, naked woman . Don't
you think he might have been a bit excited?
Whatever he said, Adam wanted Eve back into his life.
Marriage is all about reuniting the two who were once one.
In Genesis 1:28 God told
Adam to "subdue" and "rule" His creation.
The Hebrew words "radah" and "kabash"
translated as "rule" and "subdue" are derived from a
Hebrew word meaning "to tread or to trample", as in one
trampling on grapes in an Old Testament style wine press.
Ironically, humanity has taken God literally on this point.
We're trampling down His creation to the point of near extinction.
An example of this is how we are trampling down the sanctity of the
sexes. We're blurring the male
female distinctives into the ground.
For what appears to be
legitimate reasons, on June 19, 2012, the
The following is taken
from the Ontario Human Rights web site.
practices is commendable, assuming in the process we don't end our freedom
of speech, our free exercise of religion, and, our freedom of individual
ownership of business and property. The
difficulty with expanding one person's freedoms is that sometimes we
contract another person's freedoms. That
being said, there's more to this amendment of the Human Rights Code than
attempting to end discrimination.
The terms "gender
identity and gender expression" are in the process of being defined
by society and the courts. Traditionally
speaking, a doctor takes a quick glance at a new born baby and pronounces
boy or girl. In our wisdom, we
believe we can no longer make that determination.
A baby with a penis may not be a boy.
That baby's true gender identity, which can't be known until later
in life, might be female, bisexual, transsexual, or whatever.
On the other hand, a baby with a penis might be a boy but end up
expressing his boyishness in nontraditional male ways, like "cross
dressing". So, the gender
of your newborn baby is in question. A
pink or blue baby's room, the style of clothes, and the choice of toys, is
irrelevant. More importantly,
at least for the old fashion outdated traditional male, the penis has
fallen from its pinnacle. It's
no longer the symbolic statue of masculinity it once was.
One's gender at birth can no longer be determined by mere
When God sat back to view
His creation, which included a naked man and naked woman, He thought,
"that's good". (Genesis 2:25, 1:31)
He didn't think, "I created Adam as a man, but I guess I'll
have to wait to see if he turns out to be the man I hoped he'd be".
He also didn't think,
"I sure hope Eve doesn't turn out to be a man, because I sure created
one very beautiful looking woman".
God created humans as
male or female, in His likeness and image of God our creator.
When we trample down the sanctity of the sexes, we trample on the
very essence of the image of God in which we were created.
We're beginning to make