Saying that women are afterthoughts is direct disrespect to God! Quote me anywhere! I will debunk that opinion in just a few lines.
God’s idea about women isn’t hidden in the Bible, it is not even difficult to see. To say women are not God’s original idea is to say God is not perfect. But I think it will take willful neglect of the Bible or ignorance to say that women are afterthoughts. This is what the Bible says in Genesis 1:27
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Before the formation of the man and the woman, God had already created them. He charged both male and female to
“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (vs 28)
Both male and female were created on the sixth day but they were formed only when it was relevant to God’s purpose. Both genders were asked to subdue to earth and be fruitful on it! It is not gendered specific.
In Genesis 2, after God had ceased from creating, He decided to call things into physical existence! The male and female human had been in spiritual existence but now God was going to call them into physical existence. The Bible says in Genesis 2:7
“Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being”
Do you see that? To form means to put into shape and what God actually formed was the body of the man and not the spirit of man which is the real man and cannot be formed with sand. When God breathed into man, it was the Spirit of man that He breathed into that man and therefore the formed body became a living being because a created Spirit has been deposited in it.
In Genesis 2:22 after Adam had looked for a helpmeet but couldn’t see, God was ready to also bring the woman who was created in Genesis 1 into physical existence. God wanted Adam to understand the need, strength and value of a woman. He couldn’t get such value from animals but only from another kind of man vested with a superior ability to help him in areas he can’t help himself. Before then, God already gave the world to both, God already handed authority to them both but when it comes to raising a family and the personal life of the male to some extent, he would also need the power of the woman just as Christians needs the Holy Spirit as a helper. Now the Bible says
“And from the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man, He made a woman and brought her to him”
If forming the body of the man with soil doesn’t make the soil superior to man, then forming the woman with some elements from the man doesn’t make the man superior.
When Adam saw Eve, he exclaimed in excitement
“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of the man she was taken.”
What does that tell you? Eve was not created out of the Man, her body was made out of that of the man just as the man was made out of the soil. However, the beginning of Adam’s statement shows us something powerful! He didn’t suggest the woman was made for the man, he rather suggests that “this is the same bone as my bones and the same flesh as my flesh!” This is a strong indication of equality. I wonder where people get their flawed opinion of women from if not from the systems of the Devil himself.
In Genesis 5:2, we are reminded that women are not afterthoughts, they are God’s original idea and both genders are truly what makes up the complete definition of man in God’s perspective. The Bible says:
“Male and female He created them, and He blessed them. And in the day they were created, He called them “man.”
Now, the Bible wasn’t talking about the formation but the creation. When God created man, it was referring to both the male and the female and this is why God still calls everyone “man”. It is even the woman that has the seed of multiplication, the power to multiply is in the woman and not the man. How then does someone stand up to boldly insult God by saying that He made a mistake and tried correcting by making a woman?
After the fall, when God said to the woman
“You will desire your husband, and he will rule over you.”
He wasn’t saying “this is my original idea of making you.” He was simply telling them what was obtainable outside His presence (Eden) because the devil will always want to reverse God’s original plan. Ruling over women is not God’s idea, it the adverse effect of sin and the idea of the devil.
As believers in Christ Jesus who has been set free from the curse of sin, we are meant to be an example to the world and we are meant to understand what God’s purpose is and live by it. This is why Peter wrote in 1 Peter 3:7
“In the same way, you husbands must give honour to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.”
Can you read that? While women may appear physically weak, they should be treated with respect and understanding! Men too ought to respect their wives because they are an equal partner with them in God’s gift of new life! We have received a new life and it makes all the difference, reconciling us to God’s original plan. When we are asked to honour our wives, we weren’t asked to just respect them but to “highly” respect them and hold them in high esteem!
Whoever says to you that “women are afterthoughts” or “not God’s original idea” is either mischievous in communicating the truth of God’s word or very ill-informed on the truth of the word. This is more reason why you should bend down to study God’s word for yourself. Nobody taught me this except the Holy Spirit who shed light on these areas when I was studying Genesis.
God bless you!
~ George O.N