You are about to hear a lot of scientific sounding stuff, so be warned, my doctorate is in Ministry. But, I do have a scientific background. I submit the following:
In elementary school, my science project was called “Are You a Germ-inator.” I touched various surfaces and then grew cultures in a Petri dish. Humans are dirty, dirty creatures. Result: 1st Place in Hillsborough County
In middle school, my science project attempted to prove Mendel’s theory of genetics with mice instead of pea plants. Result: Inconclusive. My cat Winston ate too many of the test subjects.
In high school, I took a Biology CLEP test without actually taking biology in school. Result: Passed. According to the public school system, the answer to every biology question is “C” – “mutation.”
And case-in-point, in college, I saw the movie The Matrix Reloaded. Result: I can actually explain the ending.
So back to the crazy sounding title, Adam and Eve were identical twin spouses. Genesis 2:21-23 says: “So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.’” So another way of saying this would be that God made a genetic clone of Adam, except instead of being a guy, she’s a lady. Doesn’t that make them twins?
Let’s do a little schizophrenic question and answer:
Q: Isn’t that weird and gross to marry your clone?
A: There’s 1 man, 1 woman, and a whole bunch of animals on planet earth. The other options are weirder and grosser.
Q: Wouldn’t the kids end-up with weird genetic deformities?
A: No. Adam and Eve were perfect, there were no genetic deformities yet. The reason why that would happen now-a-days is two relatives have too many negative recessive genes in common.
Q: Have there been actually cases of boy/girl identical twins?
A: Yep. Google it.
So what’s the point of all this? Well, I’ll let the Christian Science Monitor deal with the genetic implications. Let me deal with the biblical implications.
1) Men and Women Are Equal in Quality
How could Adam say anything negative against Eve? She could always respond with, “I know you are but what am I?” When it came to the first man and first woman, neither could say one was better than the other – equally smart, equally capable, and equally valuable. (Also, every tic-tac-toe game would end in a tie.) God could have made Eve from something else, yet God chose to make Eve from Adam. It’s the ultimate, physical display of equality.
2) Men Love Themselves
Ephesians 5:28-29 commands, “So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it.” This isn’t just hypothetical. Husbands and wives started out as the same flesh. Anything Adam hated about Eve would be true of himself also. Modern day spouses should be reflective of their original counterparts and view themselves as one flesh and equally valuable in God’s eyes.
3) Order Is Important (Controversy Alert!)
So where does the whole “women are to submit to men” thing come from if men and women are equal? Great question. Ephesians 5:22-23 says, “Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church” The argument in this passage is women are to be subject to their husbands in the same way that all Christians are to be subject to Christ. Once we become Christians, Jesus turns us into slaves, right? Of course not. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He then bestows on us the freedom to serve Him. First of all guys, God’s Word is writing to women here in this passage. It gives you no right to tell your wife what she should do. God tells you to love your wife the way Christ loves His followers. So focus on your own command. God is telling women to be subject to their own husbands as if she is serving the Lord. So the only reason a wife should take a submissive role to her husband is because she wants to serve Jesus, her true authority. Men are supposed to be reflections of Him making it easier on her to live this out.
Another more culturally confusing passage is found in 1Timothy 2. Verses 11 and 12 say, “A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.” The reason for this is stated in the next verse, “For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve.” God doesn’t say that Eve is weaker, dumber, or not as good a leader. It simply gives an order – Adam was first, Eve was second (then Eve sinned first, and Adam sinned second.) Order brings about cohesion. We keep things orderly so we don’t devolve into chaos. Ephesians is speaking about orderliness in a literal family, and 1Timothy is discussing orderliness in a church family. There is no mention of businesses, Christian schools, or politics – just church and home. God calls all believers to be submissive before Christ. With an appeal to creation order, God is calling women to also display that submission before their husbands and their church to teach those who are stubborn and prideful (men?) what it looks like to be a servant of Christ. But none of this answers what submission looks like today. Head coverings do not represent modern, American cultural displays of submission; and neither does silence to be honest. Wives must keep the principle of submission (for God doesn’t change), but they need to express it in a culturally relevant way for it to be understood (because people change all the time.) I’m gonna let a godly woman take the mantle from here… Go Lady Bloggers, Go!
4) Jesus Completes This Circle
Was Jesus genetically identical to Mary since He didn’t have a human father? I don’t think so. From what I remember of Jurassic Park, females are missing that “Y” chromosome – kind of important for making males. So perhaps it makes more sense that the other human, genetic half of Jesus was identical to Adam, God’s first human representative. This makes sense because Jesus would then biologically link the entire human race as well. So with His death on the cross, he can share the grace He earned with his fellow humans (His divinity allowing him to earn the grace in the first place). This is mostly conjecture since we merely have occasional references to Jesus being the second Adam, which obviously doesn’t demand anything genetic. But thematically, it is certainly cyclical. Man came from God… Woman came from Man… Jesus came from both God and Woman.
Finale) The 140 Character Version
If Woman was made from Man, then they are genetically equal.
The Creation story denotes Order and not Inequality.
Order helps families thrive.