One of the things that has been on my heart is why the church (and I am including myself in this statement)has not been the force that it was 2000 years ago. Why has the culture influenced the church instead of the church influencing culture. I think this study addresses that issue by going back to the beginning. Gen 1:1 that is. In the beginning God created….
I have to say that reading this as I always do, I start rating the book before I finish. I was rating this as a 3 star, however, the foundation was laid text by text and towards the end made the roles very clear and deserves a 5 star rating. God’s Good Design for men and women was and is laid out in Gen. God’s design for man was/is to be protector and a woman has his partner. They are to compliment each other, not compete with each other. However, in the church, in our homes, the culture has won and God’s design is not relevant. Ms. Smith laid out beautifully the benefits of God’s design for both men and women. She gave the description of a dance, how well a dance can be when both partners know their roles. One leads, one follows.
I was very appreciative of the roles of men and women and how Satan in the garden used that to serve his purpose in his battle with the Lord. It is a interesting to note that Satan approached Eve and not Adam. However, Adam failed his role as protector and Eve failed as the helper. Why did’nt Eve go to Adam? Why did’nt Adam stop Eve from taking and even listening to Satan. Because of Satan’s deceit, the roles of both male and female have been reversed, perverted and not valued. One of the most interesting comments Ms. Smith made and it is worth a thought from believers and non believers alike, How can we accept God’s salvation if we cannot accept his design for us. How do we answer that. Jesus himself when questioned about marriage, referred back to Gen. 1. Some may argue that this is not a salvation issue, however, Jesus himself said your hearts are harden against the truth. When our hearts are hard, how we can we receive salvation. When we are confronted with the truth, it either hardens our heart or softens it.
Ms. Smith also shares her story in the end of her own struggle with this hard teaching. There is a reason why it is hard and there is a reason why it does not have to be.
A complimentary review copy was provided to me by Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own