March 11, 2009

It is written in the Holy Bible, in the book of Genesis:

And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
(Genesis 2:22)

I believe this. As I believe the passage following it:

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
(Genesis 2:24)

I do, however, have difficulties with Ephesians 5:22.

22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— 30for we are members of his body. 31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Does this mean that woman and man are not equal after all? “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord”? The Indonesian translation is, “Hai isteri, tunduklah kepada suamimu seperti kepada Tuhan.”

Well, I refuse to believe that.

Maybe when I found that person to whom I can actually say, “Thank you, for that wonderful gift. Your rib. The rib with which God had created me, ” without any hint of sarcasm. Maybe when I find that person. Maybe then I can fully have faith in Ephesians 5:22?