Q. 10. How did God create man?
A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.
God created man and woman on the sixth day (Genesis 1-2).
So let me make several dramatic statements which were not really dramatic for about 6000+ years of human history, up until this modern, enlightened age. Warm up that sense of outrage, because I would hate to see someone strain themselves in the coming paragraphs. Take it slow, with lots of time for interjections like “how dare he!” and “that misogynist!” Remember, there are only so many hard-core expletives in the English language… use them wisely.
People have dominion over animals, and animals are not people. In both Genesis 9 and Acts 10, men are permitted to eat of anything that moves upon the earth. Not only is vegetarianism uncalled for, it could be a sign of weakness in your faith. The life of the noblest beast is not morally equivalent to even the most depraved person. True, that an animal has never rebelled against God. And yet dominion over the beasts of the world was given to man. Or, to refute several bumper stickers I have seen, your dog/cat/pet is not your kid. Not even close. We live in a society that slaughters it’s human children wholesale, and elevates members of the animal kingdom to human status. If you were to kick a stray dog on your way to get an abortion that kills your unborn child, you could go to prison. For kicking the dog.
Men and women are both created by God for different purposes. Coming together in marriage, they form a covenant picture of the New Covenant, of Christ and the bride He gave His life for, the Church. Men are not women. Women are not men. The roles of men and women are not interchangeable based upon our desires. Men and women are equal before God, absolutely. They are equal in value, in the same way that God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are equal. They are not equal in every way, particularly in their roles, which were designed to be different, even as Jesus Christ submits to the will of the Father who sent Him.
Your gender is part of God’s design, and not simply an accident of biology. It was not a mistake, and God was not confused in your Creation. It is not your possession, to do with as you will. It is an intrinsic part of who you are. God created mankind male and female for His pleasure and His glory, not yours. And it is He who brings them together (Genesis 1-2).
And now that these radical statements have angered those indoctrinated in an American culture of choice, which is probably a significant percentage of those who will ever read this, I’ll sign off… only 97 questions to go!