The “Curse of Eve”—Is Pain Our Punishment? Part I

I have been involved in several interesting discussions lately involving  friends asking me what I thought of the so-called “Curse of Eve.” This “curse,” which is generally used in reference to the pain of childbirth, is assumed from the text of Genesis 3:16a. On one side, I have had friends and colleagues argue that the pains of labor are a direct result of Eve’s sin, and thus all women who bear children will suffer them as a reminder of their inherent sinful nature. On the other hand, I have had friends question this interpretation: Why, they ask, would God use such an incredible event to punish us? And what about women who don’t experience any pain in childbirth at all? Or who do not have children? Is God’s punishment reserved for those who procreate? This doesn’t seem to make much sense in a larger spiritual framework.

Some additional questions have arisen from these discussions. I had a friend recently ask me, “If a woman is supposed to feel pain in childbirth, is she going against God’s will if she uses medication to ease her discomfort?” Another friend brought up the fact that God’s actions are seldom (if ever) random; therefore, what is the transformation that God is expecting from such a punishment?  What does Eve’s “punishment” have to say about how we interact with, communicate with, and love God (and likewise)?

I’d like to look closely at these questions in a series of posts on the so-called “Curse of Eve.” In these posts, I’d like to propose the following thoughts: 1) The modern translations of the verse greatly influence our interpretation that painful childbirth is a punishment from God; 2) The punishment (not curse) was rather that of relational damage than of literal, bodily pain; 3) The pain of labor is referenced many other times in Scripture without reference to sin, and in the NT that pain is referred to in a redemptive light.

Obviously, there is much to question for a seemingly simple verse. A close reading of the text indicates that not all is as it initially seems (a text like this is one of the reasons I fell in love with studying Scripture in the first place). One caveat here: I do not profess myself to be an exegetical expert, and my language proficiency is much higher in Greek than Hebrew. It is simply my intent to question the typically assumed meaning of the text and to offer possible alternatives to those assumptions.

As is often the case in textual interpretation, the translation used is important—and in this case is a very important place to start. Let’s look at several of the translations available for Gen 3:16a:

  • NRSV: “To the woman he said, ‘I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children.’”
  • NIV: “To the woman he said, ‘I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children.’”
  • KJV: “Unto the woman he said, ‘I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.’”

Upon first glance, the meaning of the text seems pretty straightforward—especially if you are reading one of the more modern translations. Yet a word study of the word “pain,” which in the KJV is translated “sorrow,”  shows that the word can be translated (both in Hebrew and in the LXX Greek) as “pain, grief, or sorrow.” This is a very important point—after all, increasing grief or sorrow in childbirth would put this verse in a very different context. In fact, the same word is used in 3:17 when referring to Adam’s curse—although most translations use the word “toil” rather than “pain” in that verse.

What would be the effect on our interpretation if we considered the translation of “sorrow” instead of “pain”? First, it would put the context of the punishment (again, not a “curse”—the only thing literally cursed is the serpent and the ground [3:14, 17]) in a different light. Childbirth would bring about sorrow—perhaps, seen in the larger context, because none of Eve’s offspring would ever have the same experience of God and of the land that she and Adam experienced prior to their disobedience. Her children would suffer the same punishment as she would; in essence, all of her offspring would experience the same severance from God, even though they did not commit the sin. Could it be that the punishment was not a punishment of physical pain at all, but rather the spiritual and emotional anguish that we all experience as a result of being unable to directly experience God’s presence in our mortal lives? I think this is a distinct possibility.

Consider, too, that the “toil” that Adam must experience (“…cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life” [NRSV 3:17]) can also be translated as “sorrow” but would have difficulty with the translation of “pain.” Furthermore, it is noteworthy that painful childbirth has been given the title of the “Curse of Eve,” but rarely is farming, gardening, or any other physical labor seen as the “Curse of Adam.” It would make more sense to recognize that, again, the sorrow that comes from the loss of Eden’s paradise is the true punishment rather than physical suffering.

There is much more to examine in this verse; in the next segment, I hope to more deeply explore the implications of the punishment as impacting the God/human relationship rather than condemning womankind to painful childbirth.  I also want to introduce some interesting supportive notes from Augustine (certainly a surprise considering his typical attitude toward women).  Finally, we’ll consider this alternative interpretation in light of God’s command to Abraham and Sarah to “be fruitful and multiply” as well as the subsequent effects of the relational severance in the Pentateuch.

Stacia Guzzo is a homesteading theologian/stay-at-home mother who received her Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University and is currently working toward a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. Stacia has been a teacher and speaker in the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese and has served as managing editor for Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality. Her areas of interest include embodiment theology, ecological justice, food ethics, and the spirituality of birth. Stacia’s perspective offers unique insight into the raw, fresh theological undertones of every day life; coming from a Jesuit background, she embraces the Ignatian attitude of “finding God in all things.” In addition to her theological studies, Stacia currently works part-time as a doula, childbirth educator, and apiarist.

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  1. This is the third time I’ve tried to post, so as you can see, I’m pretty determined to get my comment through!
    The reason for my determination is, quite simply, my disbelief that anyone, let alone a woman, is still prepared to even discuss that horrible idea about women having to ‘suffer’ in childbirth for the ‘sin of Eve’ in this day and age.
    The only purpose I could see at all for raising this violent, cruel tradition, is to show just how deep certain attitudes went (still go ?) in trying to justify profound discrimination against women.
    Apart from anything else, one might want to ask how much suffering ? And for how long ? Must it be very painful, or only a little bit? If it kills you, were you somehow more sinful than the woman who got off more lightly?
    For what it’s worth, my first labour was long, dangerous, and traumatic. The second time round I popped baby out in twenty joyous minutes which included a small orgasm as she crowned. But neither event had anything whatsoever to do with the ‘sin’ of Eve.
    The idea that women are sinful, very sinful, and occasions of sin for men, is as old as patriachal religion itself, and is one of the reasons I fled Christianity many years ago. Why should a bunch of ignorant (after all, what can they possibly know about childbirth ?), sanctimonious old men terrify and humiliate little girls with the teaching that they must and will suffer in childbirth? It is just this kind of attitude which results in violence toward women among all the ‘Peoples of the Book’, and Christianity, for one, is going to have to purge itself of precisely this kind of deep hostility toward women if it is going to survive at all.
    The real question is not about the particular translation of a given word which my or may not render this teaching more or less palatable, but about the degree of masochism which is required for a woman to internalise such an idea in the first place.
    I leave you with one question: if you have a daughter, will you teach her about the need for her to expect and accept pain if she has a child? How much pain will you tell her she must endure? And will you let her know of all the suffering she has in store while she is still a little girl -playing with her dolls, perhaps – or wait until she is on the threshold of the delivery room ?
    Millions of women suffer and die in childbirth every year, not for the ‘sin of Eve’, but because they don’t have access to clean water and basic medication. In their name, shame on anyone who makes out it is somehow their own, female, fault.

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    • June, thank you for your response and for your perseverance in posting!
      I think I will probably address some of the points in your comment in later posts in the series, but I wanted to address a couple of things here.
      First–it’s interesting that you say that I am simply trying to make this verse “more palatable.” I don’t see that as my intent at all; because a different translation of key words actually changes the entire message one can glean from the passage. Thus, if the passage is changed to reflect a severance of relationship with our Creator rather than a surface interpretation of the “punishment,” I think that’s a pretty important point. In my own perception, it has been this very severance that is the core struggle of humankind. We can no longer access the immediate, infinite love of the Lover, and thus we often forget what it means to be Beloved.
      I am not a Biblical literalist, and because of that, I don’t believe that Genesis depicts the “sin” of one person (male, female, or both). Rather, it’s a book that, when seen in the proper context (the work of peoples in the Ancient Near East, struggling to establish their belief system within a huge network of alternative belief systems), I perceive as a symbolic explanation for this sense of distance from God (as Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Beloved, Lover).
      In my own journey as I have studies Scripture, I have had to personally confront some of the gender issues that arise in the Bible. How do I feel about them, as a woman (OT and NT, each in different ways)? I have prayed much over this topic, and have ultimately found peace in recognizing that the passages I struggle with are, in many ways, products of their own time. If everyone who found grounding in Scripture took the time to study it and recognize it in its own context, perhaps some of the sexist (and other problematic) messages wouldn’t be transferred into the modern understanding of the message. This doesn’t excuse some of those problematic passages, but understanding WHY they are what they are is very important, in my opinion. In any case, I hope that sheds a little light on my own perspective.
      Finally, to your question about if I have a daughter, will I teach her to accept pain in childbirth: so far I only have a son, but hope to have a daughter someday. I will tell her the stories of my own births and the births of other women. Some have been painful, some have been orgasmic. Some are easy, and some are difficult. My labor with my son was difficult. There were certainly moments of pain. However–and this is very important to me–pain does not equate suffering. I did not suffer. I will discuss this in later posts, but I hope to prepare my daughter as realistically as possible for what it might feel like. Each woman labors differently. It also depends on the position of the baby, the pattern of the labor, and whether it is her first child or not. For myself, I made no connection to the pain of labor and anything having to do with sin or sinfulness. I was never taught that, myself. So it was a non-issue. Labor was very spiritual for me. I felt very connected to the co-creative power within my womb and that of my own Creator. But not once did I ever connect sin to the pain–and thus there would be no reason for it to arise in conversation with my own daughters.
      Hope that helps.


      • If the message here is that women endure pain during childbirth because the sin Eve supposedly committed, maybe we should consider not taking this message so literal. Why I say this is because we really have no evidence of that and we as a society were not there to witness any sin it has been said, Eve may have done. Regardless a woman has the power and strength to give birth to another life, unfortunately its become our responsibility when pregnancy takes place. Stacia just because you have a son doesn’t mean you should not talk to him about child birth and the pain a woman goes through, the pain you went through for him. I think its important for males to understand this from a woman’s point of view especially if your his mother. Children can handle more than parents realize and age should not be a factor. I don’t agree with the connection of sin and pain. I dont see how its relevant. Sin is out “free will”, pain can be drawn from many areas, emotionally, psychologically and physically. I’m not a religious person but spiritual and I have had 3 children. I consider myself a strong woman and did experience pain and discomfort but the body can heel from this.

        Yes women do die all the time from childbirth, I would think more in countries that lack health care and proper nutrition, you dont hear about it as much in the western culture. Men have the tendency in the church to think they are privileged telling women what they should and should not do, or what our roles are in society, we as women have been brain washed by man for centuries. Ladies I prefer not to listen to a man words especially when it comes to the way I live my life or with my body, especially if it comes from a man out of the church. As I agree with June when she stated, “It is just this kind of attitude which results in violence toward women among all the ‘Peoples of the Book’, and Christianity, for one, is going to have to purge itself of precisely this kind of deep hostility toward women if it is going to survive at all”.

        As a woman when my life is over and if I have my creator to answer to for any sin I have done, so be it, but until then, for me to follow the words of man in any religion is something I refuse to believe or do. No man physical knows how it feels to be a woman and what we go through. No man has the right to advise or distinction the child birth pain is a reference from the sin women have done or that Eve may have once committed and this is our reason for having pain during childbirth.

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      • Stacia, I applaud your courage in bringing this conversation into being! This belief about the pain of childbirth and its relationship to sin may be considered ridiculous … or it may be considered as an aspect of the deep collective unconscious that directs women’s lives whether they consciously believe it or not!

        North American patriarchal culture lives with a deep denial of the depth of psyche. Shedding the beliefs of the ages is difficult work undertaken by few.

        I wrote about this in my dissertation, The Apple and the Talking Snake: Feminist Dream Readings and the Subjunctive Curriculum. Further, I spent years working dreams, clinical depression, and my own inner world unconscious beliefs and found within the deep energy of the Goddess Inanna and her sister, Ereskigal. There is much to be learned from the inner world.

        I do not subscribe to the theory and dogma of Eve and pain of childbirth, it is a deeply held belief in many traditions. The myth of Eve as responsible for the fall of humanity must come to consciousness for examination. through the pedagogy of discomfort.

        Your questions help excavate and heal those unconscious beliefs.

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    • You ask how much suffering and for how long??……….I can answer that……….
      When women have children there is a special connection between her offspring and the mother.
      When our children suffer we suffer……….any loving mother cant help it.
      So our suffering will be tied to the birth of our children and watching them grow in this cruel hateful world.
      We will watch them suffer emotionally, physically and spiritual.
      Their pain will be our pain because we love them so.
      We brought them forth through our pain in labour.
      And we watch our children suffer all the days of our life.
      And on my death bed I will only be thinking of my children that they are able to thrive without me and that they hang on to Christs words so that our separation will only be a short time when we are joined again in heaven.
      And death and separation are the worst punishment of all.
      Men have a punishment too……… the bible……….God does not discriminate.


    • You do realize that the man was punished too, right? And I am a female. I am a Christian. I’m sorry if that offends you.


      • This isn’t a discussion about Adam or man — it asks if females are cursed with pain in childbirth because of Eve’s sin. Your comment is similar to those I’ve seen where a discussion dissolves into people talking at the other person but not listening.

        I am a woman and I am also a Christian.

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    • I do believe this is such a necessary discussion! All the conversations and biblical quotes, the references to support beliefs. It is the beliefs that cause me the deepest concern. I lived many many years with those same deeply damaging beliefs. I lay no blame. As a midlife woman, in 1988, at the brink of suicide, I found the world of dreams, meditation, and then in 2005 – 2008, I learned about the colonization of psychic space. I had to dig very very deep. Far deeper than my family and often myself, were comfortable with. The first belief to be excavated was the notion that any word in the bible was the “inspired word of God.” I spent months with reading, writing and reflection plus dreams. I had to excavate deep beneath the patriarchal beliefs I grew up with. My purpose with writing this post is to question what lies, historically, beneath the belief in an angry male god of creation. It is a strong belief layered with bedrock over the Great Mother birthing All. Suffering is. I know I could call the years I spent with clinical depression “suffering” or perhaps the Via negative or the Dark Night of the Soul. Thankfully, I found the work of authors such as Sylvia Perera, Carol P. Christ, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Starhawk, Marion Woodman and countless others. Eventually, I was able to leave my Father’s Home. I cannot recommend more highly deep study of the pre-patriarchal, pre-Greek myth of Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth. Her stories and Hymns from Sumer. The Sumerian woman springs to mind. The bleeding woman who touched the hem of the cloak of The Christ. Christ, Available to us now are the painstaking excavations detailed by authors such as Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer (1983).

      Excavating old beliefs that no longer serve the highest good is excruciating work. The myth of Inanna lived and lives me still. I knew it not. Now, I am an old woman. I no longer feel the patriarchy has any power over life. My entire life is a testament to the necessity for the death of the ego Queen/King and the creation of a new Myth that will move our cultures to deepen our acceptance of the divinity within each one who lives. My deepest journey into the depths of psyche began with the descent and landing, a dream December 1988. Violence against the Other, the women, the children and LBGTQ people across the world arises through beliefs. I call to question every single belief that categorizes the Other as somehow lesser than or evil. I am a radical feminist. I believe we must tear the patriarchy within ourselves up by the roots, radii … the hierarchy must give way to a creation spirituality, to birthing a new consciousness. The earth is scorched by the forever sun shining sky religions. Go deep. Go deeper. Go deep down into the earth and heal from with the very darkness. For it is in the deep good soil that the green of the soul springs forth. From the womb of the Great Mother. Heal.


      • Hi
        My understanding is that the “punishment” was designed to be a rehabilitation process to bring them both back to God. I understand that the pain is not only the giving of birth for the woman but the whole process of raising children. To make this short (and if anyone wants to me to elaborate I will on request) With the woman we must understand in what area she fell into sin and what has God set in place for her redemption. She will learn that she will not be able to control various factors and aspects from giving birth to the raising of children. She will need divine help and if she reaches out to God as she sees her great need she will reconnect to Him and He will help her in the journey as she realises her dependence on God. And With Adam he too is under a rehabilitation program designed to deal with where he fell into sin and lead him back to repentance and continual dependence on God to help him to provide for his family. Both “punishments” are not designed to be a perpetual punishment but to lead them continually back to God who will help them in the journey in this life. If anyone is interested for me to explained more clearly please let me know


  2. Brava! It’s not women’s fault for being curious and talking to so-called snakes that are the Goddess in disguise. It’s a MYTH and men have taught women to believe it. I deal with this topic in my novel, Secret Lives, in Chapter 6, where young Janie has her first period. Her friends at school tease her about “the curse,” and she finally gets some information from her mother. The chapter ends with a menarche ritual. Here’s a little bit of the chapter:

    Milly sighed. “So many people think menstruation is dirty, like sex is supposed to be dirty and evil. Sinful. In their bible—you’ve read the story? Adam and Eve? How their god punishes them for disobeying him when all Eve was doing was obeying the Goddess? Well, She was manifesting in the serpent, and the serpent is one of Her sacred animals. She speaks to them on Her behalf.”
    “Oh. Yeah. I read about that.”
    “The serpent encourages Eve to be curious about life. Curiosity is good. Well, except for those nights you spied on your brothers. Yes, Daddy and I know about that. Anyway, their god gets angry and tells them that from now on, women will have babies in pain. Some people think that story is true, that women are doomed to suffer. That’s what the curse is.”
    Finally! “Oh, gross. Why?”
    “It’s a control issue.”
    “Oh. But it’s not—it’s a myth? The curse isn’t for real?”
    “Of course not. Would have been in the Garden of Eden to report it? Somebody from Channel 4? Of course it’s a myth. But the people who take the bible literally read it as the literal words of their god and, well, I guess maybe they don’t understand the true facts of life, either.”
    Janie wasn’t quite sure what her mother was talking about, but it sounded like Aunt Brooke and Aunt Cairo. She just listened.
    “Bleeding because you’re a woman,” Milly concluded, “is a cause to celebrate. There’s no reason on earth to feel ashamed or sick.” She gave Janie a little hug. “Tell you what. We’ll go out for supper, just you and me. Wherever you want to go. I’ll call Daddy and tell him he can cook supper tonight for Richard and Steven. We’ll have a girls’—a women’s—night out. How about that?”

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  3. To pagan, the idea of being punished for giving life and more ancient giving your life in giving birth is frankly, revolting. Sometimes labour of any kind is painful. Harvesting after planting is hard work and you are blessed for your labour by the outcome. Harvest is never a punishment it’s a reward and blessing. Pain is just as much a part of life as feeling joy and the birthing process has both, hopefully.
    Since animals feel pain in the birthing process too, it is illogical to think that God would punish them for non-exitant sin.

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  4. Stacia, I’m so looking forward to your series! I’m familiar with the two sides of the debate you identify and confess I haven’t been able to reconcile them so I’m hear more of your perspective.


  5. *excited to hear more of your perspective.


  6. Stacia, I hope you will put this discussion in a larger context and clarify the assumptions leading you to think Christian women should consider this particular text when thining about their own birthing processes. Are you arguing that everything the Bible says should be listened to and followed, including statements that men can have more than one wife and own slaves and concubines? Or is this passage to be listened to but not the others? I think many Christian and Jewish women would simply say that this text is sexist and the traditions must move on.

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    • Carol raises what is, perhaps, the central point here: the Christian response to the Old Testament.
      I have not been a Christian for too many years to count, but as a child and adolescent I thought a good deal about these things. It seemed to me then, as it does now, that the historical reality of Christ’s Incarnation (for a Christian) overides everything else. Christ really lived, really died, and really rose again, in real time: after Christ, time is both literally and mystically different from before: everything changes, not simply the present and the future, but the past as well.
      Christ said: I come with a New Law. While deeply versed in traditional Jewish teaching, he made it clear that, where there was a conflict between tradition (the teaching we find in the Old Testament) and the message he preached, then the old lessons should be rejected in favour of the new. He makes this explicitly clear when talking about the brutal tradition of ‘an eye for an eye’.
      Remember, if Christ’s teaching had changed nothing, there would be no Christians; that’s the point. People would have remained pagan or Jewish. But they became Christians, they embraced the New Law.
      It must follow from this, that, for Christians, where there is any kind of discrepency between the ‘old’ law and Christ’s Law, Christians must unhesitatingly follow the Law which Christ gave them. What, otherwise, would have been the point of the Incarnation in the first place?
      It’s a long time since I read any New Testament, but I cannot recall a single instance of Jesus saying that women must suffer in childbirth for someone else’s sin. The Great Sin of the New Testament is, of course, the betrayal of Jesus, which is the historical form of the betrayal of God’s trust is the original Garden of Eden. Not a single woman is involved in this. Arguably, the greatest betrayal (sin) of all is Peter’s. But the women remain loyal throughout the whole terrible business. Perhaps for this reason, Christ entrusts his message to three women at the resurection: ‘Go, spread the Good News’. But this takes us into the argument for women priests which must keep for another time.
      Back to women, Jesus, and gynaecology. We might want to remember the story of the woman with the issue of blood. This event is profoundly important for Chrisistian women. In traditional Jewish society, menstruation made a woman unclean.(It still does). She was polluted and polluting. She was dirty. She had to keep apart while bleeding. Her menses were a source of shame and humiliation for herself and disgust to others. This poor woman had been bleeding a long time. Can you imagine the shame, the despair ? The sheer inconvenience (she would not, for example, have been permitted to cook for her husband, or share his bed). She touches the hem of Jesus’ robe in hope and trust. Now, had Jesus been a strict follower of the old law he would have turned on the woman and exercrated her for daring to come anywhere near him. But this is the New Law. He commends her faith, and sends her away healed. There are many other stories in the New Testament which reveal Christ’s teaching about women, but this will have to do for now.
      Now, would anyone care to quote me where Jesus says that women should suffer pain simply because the Goddess has conferrred upon them and upon them alone the sacred right to bring new life in to the world?
      Blessings, June.
      ps, sorry this is a long post, but I just feel so angry about all those little Christian/Jewish/Muslim girls being indoctrinated to despise themselves.

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    • Hi Carol,
      You bring up an interesting point. I’m not trying to make a claim about what a person should “do” based on Scripture (what they should follow v. not); rather, I’m simply trying to introduce an alternative interpretation to what I have heard many people assume is the meaning of this passage. When I teach my childbirth education (or anything else I teach, in fact), I say up front that there are things that I believe make the birth experience best for ME (naturally, at home, with a midwife). However, that’s not going to work for everyone. So I see my job as simply being a provider of additional information and let each couple decide what they want to do based on this new acquisition of knowledge. If they are aware of the existing risks and benefits of a certain medication and decide that they want to take it anyway, then I respect that decision as long as it is well-informed. It’s following what “everybody else does” or “everybody else says” simply because it is the accepted way that really bothers me.
      I see this post in a similar light. Religion, faith, and the interpretation of Scripture are all very personal things. Each person must decide what is right for them, what speaks to them, and how their Creator moves in and through their lives. But when I had a number of people come to me and question me on this particular passage (probably because I have studied Scripture and work with birthing women, so it seemed like a natural question to ask…?), I felt it important to add an alternative interpretation to the more common, surface interpretation. What women (and men) decide to do with this addition information remains, to me, a personal decision, and I leave each person to do with it what they will. Personally, I think the argument for pain as punishment is bunk, but again–that is my own belief. Each person must make their own journey.
      Hope that helps put my effort in context.

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    • Firstly, you need to realise that the Bible is the literal Word of God. God says so in the Bible itself. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” —2nd Timothy 3:16. Psalm 40:7 and Hebrews 10:7—”Then said I, Lo, I come, in the volume of the book it is written of me.” That’s God speaking.

      Secondly, there is nowhere in the Bible where God says a Man can have more than 1 wife. Could you please show me the scripture to validate your assertion as true. If you cannot find the scripture relating to that, then the premise of your argument is false, and can therefore not be relied upon.

      “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Mark 10: 7-9.

      A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 1 Timothy 3:2

      God is not a hypocrite, he means what he says.


      • “Secondly, there is nowhere in the Bible where God says a Man can have more than 1 wife. Could you please show me the scripture to validate your assertion as true.”

        The bible was INSPIRED by God. Even your quote above states this!!

        Partial list of Biblical quotes RE multiple wives:

        Deuteronomy 17:17 ESV /
        And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.

        Exodus 21:10 ESV /
        If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, or her marital rights.

        1 Kings 11:3 ESV /
        He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart.

        Deuteronomy 21:15-17 ESV /
        “If a man has two wives, the one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved have borne him children, and if the firstborn son belongs to the unloved, then on the day when he assigns his possessions as an inheritance to his sons, he may not treat the son of the loved as the firstborn in preference to the son of the unloved, who is the firstborn, but he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the firstfruits of his strength. The right of the firstborn is his.”

        Isaiah 4:1 ESV /
        And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach.”

        Genesis 4:19 ESV /
        And Lamech took two wives. The name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

        Genesis 35:23-26 ESV /
        The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant: Dan and Naphtali. The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s servant: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram.

        1 Samuel 1:2 ESV /
        He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

        Luke 20:27-40 ESV /
        There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. And the second and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. …

        2 Chronicles 13:21 ESV /
        But Abijah grew mighty. And he took fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

        Finally, this says it all: “[b]All scripture[/b] is given by inspiration of God, and [b]is profitable”[/b] Yeah, it’s been HIGHLY PROFITABLE for over two millennia now!!


  7. I just have to say that I am uncomfortable with positive comparisons of Christianity to Judaism and even with positive comparisons of the New Testament to the Hebrew Bible. Christianity is just as responsible for teaching women to despise their bodies as Judaism, and possibly moreso, because it invented the “sin” of Eve. The story is in the Hebrew Bible but it is not nearly as central in Judaism as it is in Christianity. I should also mention that the notion of female blood as polluting is found in the Christian Orthodox tradition that women not touch icons when menstruating nor are they allowed to go behind the icon screen to approach the holy altar, with the exception that post-menopausal women are allowed back to clean because after all, cleaning is women’s work. Boys are taken behind the screen to be presented at baptism to God, girls are not. And please let’s not make negative comparisions between Western and Eastern Christianity now.

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  8. Hi, Carol, and thank you for your response. It was certainly not my intention to compare Christianity positively to Judaism (or Islam). For me, at a personal level, they are all simply religions ‘of the Book’, and as such are structurally monotheistic, patriachal a fundamentalist. I simply don’t believe that women can articulate their spirituality within these constraints.
    My point was to try and show ways in which it might be possible for women to accept Christ without necessarily taking on all that jehovah stuff – as I believe it is. .
    From my own perspective, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all one as bad as the other in their treatment of women, and I want no truck with any of them. But I respect the fact that many women do long to find some kind of place within some sort of Christian communion, and I believe this is made easier by going directly to Jesus’ teaching rather that to the Old Testament or the Church Fathers.
    Jesus never showed any contempt or loathing toward women, but, on the contrary, encouraged their faith, learning and ministry.
    In my own spirituality, I prefer a relationship with a deity who comes to me as a woman, like myself. And while I suspect that the attempt to rescue Christianity (or Judaism or Islam) from its brutal woman-hating past (and present) is doomed, it may just be that Christianity will yet survive in a new, radically feminised form.

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    • Please note that there is a difference between Religion and Christianity. The hallmark or cornerstone of Religion is idolatory e.g. Catholics praying through Mary and believing in water baptism. Lutherans believing that water baptism brings you to heaven. Bhuddist believing that they are their own God and believing that cows are holy and Muslims asserting that God does not have a son which directly contradicts scripture relating to the Godhead (The Father, The Son and the Holy Ghost). Since they say that God does not have a Son, it means they don’t believe in Jesus Christ as the Saviour. So Allah cannot be a Christian God who is signified by the Godhead but an idol.

      Conversely, a Christian is someone who can tell you how to go to heaven when you die. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whomsoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. John 3:16. This is what Christians believe in. That we agree with God that we are all sinners as God has declared us and that the wages of sin is death. And that Jesus Christ was crucified, died and He was buried. Has risen from death after 3 days in order to save us sinners from everlasting death in hell and everlasting torment away from his face eternally.

      So, if you accept that you are a sinner and accept and believe that Jesus Christ died for you to save you from everlasting torment in hell, you are a Christian and on your way to heaven. Salvation is a gift from God and man does not have to do anything except to believe. We go to heaven not by our own righteousness but by accepting the gift that God gave us.


  9. Not to leave out Hinduism – there are hundreds of Hindu goddesses worshipped and celebrated in temples all over India today. Yet menstruating women are not allowed to enter a Hindu temple. Women are not allowed to chant and recite one of the most important Hindu mantras – the Gayatri mantra, named after the Goddess Gayatri.


  10. Stacia, I’m really looking forward to reading more…. I also believe that there is a continuing need to explore and explain the real original, intended and literal meaning in the Scriptures. A seemingly minor misinterpretation can give a totally different understanding. For example, according to Christian interpretation, the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden is an apple, despite the fact that there is no scriptural evidence to suggest this.

    Jewish Rabbinical scholars still debate, if the tree of knowledge was a pomegranate or fig tree. This is pretty remarkable, considering, that both pomegranates and figs are the symbols of ancient Goddesses and also menstruation.

    June – even the story of Jesus and the “women with the issue of blood” can be interpreted very differently (Luke 8:44-47 NIV)

    “She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.”

    “But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” – The only occasion in the NT, when Jesus cries out “power has gone out from me”, is the touch of a menstruating woman. This suggests to the reader that contact with menstruating women is dangerous. If Jesus, felt power going out of him, what chances would ordinary mortal men have after contact with a menstruating woman?

    “Peter said, Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” – Jesus is in a crowd, everybody is trying to get close to him, touch him to be healed. This may include anyone from someone with in-growing toenail, to a person to terminal illness. Yet Jesus singles out a menstruating woman and “in the presence of all the people, she told (Jesus) why she had touched him.” – Not exactly a confidential consultation. Most women with menstrual problems would find it rather humiliating to go into details in a crowd. Little wonder she “came trembling…”


    • Please note that scripture interprets itself. There is nowhere in the Bible where it says that the tree in the middle of the garden was an apple or a pomegrenade or any fruit at all. The Bible does not say what fruit it is. The problem with interpreting the Bible is that humans will always want to read their own minds into the Bible. That’s where most heresies come from.

      Also remember that there were 2 trees in the Garden of Eden, the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil and the tree of Life, which is also spoken of in the Book of Revelation. That is why Adam and Eve were banished from the garden because if they then ate from the tree of life, they would then live for ever.

      I take the Bible as literal as it is, because I don’t believe that God would want to trick us by telling us something meanwhile He doesn’t mean what he says. Interpreting the Bible assumes that God wanted to say something other than what He said in the Bible. Some passages in the Bible are difficult to understand that is why God said the following: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

      What is meant by the word “Study”? The English dictionary defines study as the following:

      1. The devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, especially by means of books
      2. A detailed investigation and analysis of a subject or situation

      From the above, we can see that studying is different from reading.

      Also, it is important to take heed of what version of the Bible you use. I would stay clear from the NIV by all means for the following reasons:

      1. It perverts the Deity of Jesus Christ:

      I TIMOTHY 3:16: The clearest verse in the Bible proclaiming that Jesus Christ was God. The King James Bible (KJB) reads, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH. . .” The King James says, plainly, “GOD was manifest in the flesh”. The NIV reads, “HE appeared in a body”. The NIV “twists” “GOD” to “HE”. “HE appeared in a body”? So What? Everyone has “appeared in a body”! “He” is a pronoun that refers to a noun or antecedent. There is no antecedent in the context! The statement does NOT make sense! The NIV subtilty (see Genesis 3:1) perverts I Timothy 3:16 into utter nonsense!

      2. It perverts the virgin birth

      LUKE 2:33: The King James Bible reads, “And JOSEPH and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.” The NIV reads, “The CHILD’S FATHER and mother marveled at what was said about him.” The “CHILD’S FATHER”? Was Joseph Jesus’s father? Not if you believe the virgin birth! Not if you believe John 3:16, that Jesus Christ was the Son of God! A subtil, “perversion” of the virgin birth. See also Luke 2:43.

      3. It removes the blood of Jesus Christ in the Bible

      COLOSSIANS 1:14: The KJB reads, “In whom we have redemption THROUGH HIS BLOOD, even the forgiveness of sins:” The NIV reads, “In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” The NIV rips out the precious words “THROUGH HIS BLOOD”! Friend, redemption is ONLY “THROUGH HIS BLOOD”. Hebrews 9:22, reads, “. . . without shedding of BLOOD is no remission.” That old song says, “What can wash away my sins, NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!”

      4. It perverts John 3:16 into a lie

      JOHN 3:16: The NIV reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his ONE AND ONLY SON, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” Jesus was NOT “the one and only son” – Adam is called the “son of God” in Luke 3:38, there are “sons of God” in Job 1:6 and Christians are called “sons of God” in Phil 2:15, I John 3:2- but Jesus was the “ONLY BEGOTTEN SON”! By removing the critical word “BEGOTTEN” – The NIV perverts John 3:16 into a LIE! The NIV does the same in John 1:14, 1:18, and 3:18.

      5. NIV perverts Jesus Christ into Lucifer

      Isaiah 14:14 reveals Satan’s grandest desire, “I will be like the most High.” And with a little subtil perversion – the NIV in Isaiah 14:12 grants Satan’s wish!

      ISAIAH 14:12: The KJB reads, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O LUCIFER, son of the morning!. . .” The NIV PERversion reads, “How you have fallen from heaven, O MORNING STAR, son of the dawn. . .” The NIV change “Lucifer” to “MORNING STAR”.

      BUT WAIT. . . I thought the Lord Jesus Christ was the MORNING STAR?

      Doesn’t Revelation 22:16 say, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and MORNING STAR”.

      The NIV CLEARY AND BLATANTLY makes LUCIFER — The Lord Jesus Christ! WHAT BLASPHEMY! WHAT PERVERSION! And Christians claim the NIV is a “better translation”!

      ISAIAH 14:15: The King James Bible condemns Lucifer to hell: “Yet thou shalt be brought down to HELL . . .” The NIV does NOT condemn Lucifer to HELL! The NIV reads, “But you are brought down to the GRAVE. . .” We all go to the GRAVE! Why doesn’t the NIV want Satan in hell?

      6. The NIV completely “TAKETH AWAY” 17 verses!
      7. The NIV “TAKETH AWAY” 64,576 words! Just a very small sample of what is removed from the NIV:

      Matt. 6:13, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
      Matt. 15:8, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth”
      Matt. 19:9, “and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.”
      Matt. 20:7, “and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.”
      Matt. 20:16, “for many be called, but few chosen.”
      Matt. 20:22, “and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with”
      Matt. 25:13, “wherein the Son of Man cometh.”
      Matt. 27:35, “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet They parted my garments among them and upon my vesture did they cast lots”

      You will not find these words in the NIV. I would urge you to stick to the King James Version.


  11. A mistake that a lot of people (including religious) make is to take literal the bible’s words.I believe that it’s an ignorance to think that God wants us to suffer when we are giving birth to a child because we are sinners. I personally don’t relate the pain of labor with the sin.


  12. Growing up I believed in the religious doctrine my family present to me, and I embraced all that I could understand. As my spiritual growth deepened, I learned that my religious up bring was male dominated, and I was expected to assist in the alienation of myself as a women, and accept being the sub-class. I find it my responsibility as a women to debunk as many man made myths as humanly possible, by countering with truth. I will tell you the most painful part of the delivery of my three children, Was the intrusive detached manner in which I was treated and expected to participate in. I was not allowed to listen to what my baby or my body as it was trying to tell me what to do. I know my story is not uncommon.We need to collectively agree to share as much of the truth about the female human as possible. Let’s stop being “cash cows” for an antiquated male driven believe system. Stacia what if we re-frame the Gaze’ that is to say instead of looking at Eve’s eating of the apple/pear as a curse, we see it as Eve having a stronger intellectual curiosity than Adam. We can all see the positive changes for women that have come about by simple implementing the truth.
    Gina Manichia


    • Please note that God is a man (Jesus Christ is a man). Lucifer/Satan is a man. Angels are men. Demons (the fallen angels) are men too. There is no record in the Bible of all the above being women. And God created a man and a woman in his own image. And explicitly gave them different roles. Also, there is nowhere in the Bible where it is claimed that women are inferior to men. Therefore, this can only be human philosophy.

      It really boggles my mind to see how most women particularly feminists, relegate themselves to the lower echelons of life on this earth by rejecting themselves as worthy beings in this world and corrupt the scriptures to make their point that they are not worthy. If you think deeper and differently about this, you will notice the following:

      1. God (Jesus Christ), came to this world through a woman, Mary. An honour that not even men were afforded by our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, many women see themselves as inferior to men. There is nowhere in the Bible where God claims that women are inferior. If that was the case, why would God choose to come to this world through a woman.

      2. Having an opportunity as a woman, to deliver the Messiah, who will save billions of people if they believe, is surely an honour of the highest regard. Through a woman, came God onto this world with the sole purpose of saving billions of people from hell.

      3. A man is commanded to leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife. Over and above, Adam was commanded to till the land and support his wife and family. With a fleshly mind, it amounts to some sort of slavery where a man should apply himself to making sure that her wife is comfortable and taken care of. This shows how God sees women, as very special, to an extent where they have men working for them to support them. If it were me, I would really appreciate the kind gesture from God. That I am not obliged to support myself, but have someone to work for me. Its only Kings and Queens that have such a luxury bestowed upon them.

      4. The role of women in the Bible is explicitly clear. The Nation of Israel was raised and nurtured by women. If it were not for women, Israel would not have been what it was in Biblical times. This shows how critical the role of women was and it still is in this world. Women raise children, therefore raising Nations around the world. This is not a minuscule task, raising a nation is a task that is far beyond men in capability, let alone the wisdom to carry it out. It is a monstrosity of a task that men cannot even imagine and comprehend. You cannot leave that task to any other body but a woman. No man can ever be able to carry out that successfully.

      It is your choice as a woman however, to choose what role you want to play. You can either choose to play your role, or another role whatsoever. But that does not change the role that women are supposed to be playing.


  13. I am a 74-year old man and I have become a feminist. Grown up and educated in catholic Bavaria (even the same town as the pope) and experiencing/observing the horrible things men with beliefs and with power perpetrated – and still perpetrate all over the world – I have to conclude that the denigration and exclusion of women – from Genesis down, via the church fathers, exclusion from church- and all government – has been an unmitigated tragedy for the world. Unless women and mothers can mitigate the frequent male insanity, there is no future for mankind – because today the finger of unstable males hovers over the nuclear launch button.
    So, dear women on this site, press forward, demand power sharing. You have more friends and supporters among sane men than you might realize. God bless. Sigurd


    • A blessing for Sigurd : may the Goddess keep you in grace and love, and bless and watch over you and all those dear to you.


      • “God so loved the world….” you know the rest. …and I look out my window and see God’s mind-boggling ingenuity of nature and the whole universe….This is the God I know. And then Genesis tries to tell us that this same God punishes Eve and billions of future women because she was seeking the knowledge of good and evil….??? When we know as A FACT that Jesus, the christian churches and theologians have for 2000 years struggled to define exactly in detail all aspects of good and evil??? There is something seriously wrong here and I have to wonder who is this purported God of genesis? It is almost an insult to the christian God we know, almost a blasphemy. Is it about time to retire that story to where it belongs , namely to 5000 years before Christ and re-write it in the light of what we know today about God, the universe and the salvation story?


        • Sonia, for the Children of the Book, and especially for Christians, this is the problem in a nutshell.
          Christian babies are born sinful, fallen,and (thanks to all that nonsense about the ‘Sin of Eve’) inherently wicked. Only a Savior can redeem these wretched, miserable little creatures. Jesus suffers the most terrible death imaginable and so ‘conquers’ the ‘curse’ through His death.(Except that women have to go on suffering anyway because it was all their fault in the first place.)

          Now, even as a child, I thought this objectionable. Growing up in post-WW2 Europe we heard plenty of stories of terrible deaths worse than those inflicted by the Roman state; apart from which, it always seemed to me that Mary, forced to watch the public torture of her son, must have suffered even more than He did.
          As I grew older, all this emphasis on violence and death became more and more repulsive to me. The Cross is an instrument of torture, why should anyone want to put it on an altar ?
          Of course, Christians will immediately respond that the cross is a symbol of the triumph OVER death, bought by Christ’s blood. But suppose, just suppose, all those little babies aren’t sinful in the first place ? Suppose they didn’t need redeeming ? Suppose the central tenant of Christian theology is just a horrible story about a man who is tortured to death in front of his mother ? We would be left simply with what Jesus actually taught, and no sinful babies.
          Now, I don’t believe I am inherently sinful at all. Mean, sometimes; not as kind or as truthful as I might always be; but not innately wicked. And I don’t believe I have ever, in my whole life, met a wicked baby.
          The point being, that if we do away with the nonsense about the ‘Sin of Eve’ we can stop thinking babies are evil.No sin, no fall, no need for redemption. But then the whole edifice of 2,000 years of Christian doctrine turns out to be built on a nasty misogynistic fairy tale, so no-one is about to go there. (Jesus might have done so,but that’s another story).
          The Children of the Book (all of them) live in fear and terror of a thundering Jehovah who loathes his children so much that he condemns them to eternal damnation if they show the merest flicker of rebellion against his writ. In a moment of enraged guilt, he blames the whole thing on his first-born daughter, and women have been taking the blame ever since.

          Once more from the top: the idea that women must suffer and bleed because they caused the damnation of every human being ever born is SO horrible, SO nonsensical, and SO cruel, that no amount of exegesis, interpretation, or explanation can EVER defend it.

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        • pps !!! just reread my last ps, I meant, of course, no disrespect to the moderators who do a fabulous and largely unrecognised job !


  14. This is such a great topic and a very important one for women to know and understand but most of all i would like to know your understanding and scriptures back up regarding how jesus conquered this curse for both adam and eve through his death at the cross.


  15. ps, Sigurd, I’ve only just read your second post (sometimes things take a while to get moderated, its a pretty busy site !) but yes, as you will see from my response to Sonia, we are in agreement.


  16. Who said Eve sinned? Not GOD. The Lord God said that. A lot of people has it backwards. The women is the one who got both her and Adam out of the garden.
    Here I show you please don’t get confused. I have not read all your writing. I just read a couple of paragraphs and I thought I would make a comment. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. (Genesis 1:27-29 KJV). So see GOD put no restriction on his people.

    On the other hand: after GOD finished his work (that’s past tents) all the heavens and Earth were Finished. That means done.

    Now look what The Lord God did: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam 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. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:7-9, 15-18, 21-23, 25 KJV)

    Now keep in mind. The Lord God told Adam and Adam told Eve to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil because Adam and Eve would die right? At the time Adam took the fruit from Eve and eat it. Did anyone die? The answer is no. They both lived for a long time. If I say if you eat this you will die. Then you should die. Adam and Eve lived a long time. Over 100 years. Other words The Lord God didn’t say Adam if you eat from this tree your going to die over a 100 years from now.

    Look at this. But first when you read this what the serpent is saying to Eve. The serpent is referred as a snake. Remember we have good snakes and bad snakes. Further a snake has a fork tongue. That means two kind of truths lets find out. Remember GOD and The Lord God could be different. Are they?

    Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. (Genesis 3:1-13 KJV)

    Why would The Lord God get upset. Here’s the answer:And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Genesis 3:22, 24 KJV)

    You see our GOD knew the women was smarter then the man. LOL I am a man with a wife and 5 wonderful kids. I just call it the way I see it.

    Yeah a lot of good people think GOD and The Lord God, The Lord is all the same. Maybe they are. I don’t read it that way for many reasons. I barely made it through high school and I never went to college. I’m not a very good reader. If I misspelled words please forgive me.

    God Bless


    • I am so sorry for not sharing this with you guys. The reason why women go through pain has NOTHING to do with the sin eve created. Actually in the Quran, Adam actually ate from the tree first. But regardless, some people say, that Eve convinced Adam to eat from the tree (well actually, it was Lucifer or Satan). Adam also disobeyed god too, so why is it that men also doesn’t go through pain when a child is born into this world, I mean if someone convinces someone else to kill an innocent child, shouldn’t he be punished as well? I mean Adam, is just as guilty as Eve. Well the reason why women go through child birth is because it creates this unbreakable bond between a mother and her child. This child has to obey, and listen and do everything his mother, because she went through so much pain and sickness, and sacrificed so much of her life to bring YOU and this child into this world. God actually metaphorically compares his love for humanity to the love a mother has for their child. Rahma (Mercy) is mentioned countless times in the Quran which means MERCY, well actually the word Rahma actually comes from the rootword Rahim, which in arabic is the womb of the women where a baby begins to develop, and get nurtured and taken care of. That link between a mother and child, is just like our link with us and god. The fact that my mom went through so much pain to bring me into this world, is actually meant also for the child and our responsibility to our parents. The fact that my mom went through so much pain to bring me into this world is an unpayable debt i could never repay. I can give my mom all the money in the world and I won’t be able to repay that debt, I can take care of her whenever she’s sick, I can do every chore in the house, and can do everything she tells me to do and do even more than what she asks me to do, and I still won’t get any close to repaying that debt. It’s actually a sign of humility for the child, and even though his mother is pleased, he still doesn’t come close to what his mother did for him/her. I honestly feel sorry for Catholic Father’s who thinks their wife is going through so much pain because of Eve, but I still have so much compassion for my father because he was helping out my mother during this time of difficulty. Like prophet muhammad (peace be upon him), Paradise is under the feet of your mother. When you obey your mother and please her by doing everything she tells you to do, well guess what, that could be the reason why you enter paradise.


      • What kind of person has compassion for a dad whose body is not going through agonizing labor and delivery? She is painfully uncomfortable Now and has been for 9 months plus post partum bleeding?. Why would a person have compassion for their dad because the dad helped mother during her labor and childbirth? His feet may get tired of standing. You can say you have love for him. But sweetie, you ought to be having compassion for your dear mother.

        He’s not doing API ful thngs right now, he is keeping her company. He doesn’t understand her pain and discomfort and humiliation. Dads usually think the wife is exaggerating anyway. He doesn’t need compasssion, for that. He needs compassion when he has the flu something,or penile surgery. But since he has no pain when his wife is in labor and childbirth, there is no need for compassion.
        I never could understand all this saying that the birth attendant needs support. They may need a break to go tothe bathroom and to eat and to get water, or a break, but compassion? Come on now.


      • “…do everything his mother, because she went through so much pain and sickness, and sacrificed so much of her life to bring YOU and this child into this world. God actually metaphorically compares his love for humanity to the love a mother has for their child. Rahma (Mercy) is mentioned countless times in the Quran which means MERCY, well actually the word Rahma actually comes from the rootword Rahim, which in arabic is the womb of the women where a baby begins to develop, and get nurtured and taken care of. That link between a mother and child, is just like our link with us and god. The fact that my mom went through so much pain to bring me into this world, is actually meant also for the child and our responsibility to our parents. The fact that my mom went through so much pain to bring me into this world is an unpayable debt i could never repay. I can give my mom all the money in the world and I won’t be able to repay that debt, I can take care of her whenever she’s sick, I can do every chore in the house, and can do everything she tells me to do and do even more than what she asks me to do, and I still won’t get any close to repaying that debt. It’s actually a sign of humility for the child, and even though his mother is pleased, he still doesn’t come close to what his mother did for him/her.”

        How wonderful that you recognize and appreciate what your mother went through to bring you into this world! But most people do not have that understanding until they are adults — young children most certainly do not; they just BE (exist/live). Most people don’t feel that way until they have children of their own, and I think women feel it more than men for obvious reasons.


  17. Hmm…maybe we should consider it the “Curse of Adam” when men feel pain after getting kicked in the groin.


  18. I know I’m coming a bit late to this conversation, but I just found this blog post. I recently read Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, and he points out that there is archeological evidence that the birth interval was much longer when humans were hunter-gatherers. In part, food production may have enabled women to wean their offspring much earlier, which may have increased fertility. The reason this is relevant is because the KJV says that the curse is an increase in conception. If one looks at the story of the Garden of Eden as an allegory about food production (i.e., that the “garden” is life as a hunter-gatherer and that the “lone and dreary world” is life as a farmer), then it sure makes sense that the KJV is the most accurate.


  19. I know this post is old but I just wanted to add my thoughts. I interpret the punishment in Genesis this way: regarding childbirth, a seed will be sown and it will require LABOR to harvest what has grown. We don’t just stand like cows as our kids fall from our wombs, there’s an element of work involved. I’ve never seen a barn animal or a wild thing give birth like a human woman, our experience is different – it’s labor. I’ve never had a problem with it because the fruits of our labor are so very sweet!


  20. Great analysis. I had two pain free, unmedicated natural births. They didn’t take long and they didn’t hurt at all. After my first child was born I researched this very subject. What I found is similar to what you found. The word that’s translated pain just means labor, or work, or difficulties. Even in a pain-free birth, one’s body is doing a lot of work. :)

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  21. Greetings, I am unaware of your ideas other than what is here presented. But I have something to say on this point, so thank you for opening up this topic.
    the curse of Eve – wow! OK here we go.

    In this case we need to learn of the players in the tell: Adam, Eve, Serpent, Trees, and Eating. Adam==mankind; Eve==Life/life-force/Kundalini; serpent==wise-one/Shaman/witch-doctor/informant/fallen-angel/Serpent-Men/Merlin [note feathered serpents birds/reptiles/dragons/serpents] word used means to hiss or to hiss forth, similar to the description of the Witch of Endor; who was an Obi Woman [Ob==Serpent Lord/God of Africa and Middle East Region]; trees==families/plants/culture; Eating==consuming/partaking of/fuel.

    first we need to ask why curse at all? well my furry little friends let me give you all the simplest explanation you are ever likely to hear.
    the why is very simple: Eve made a choice to disregard the simple instructions given by god/owner of the garden. Eat X-plant you die. Like telling the youngsters not to eat the rhubarb plants or the Poke weed berries.

    Let us examine the story from a realistic view.

    We know from older tales (namely Sumerian Tablets) that there is much more to the story. The major problem is this. There are many references to this across many peoples and they all indicate either the female trying to dominate the situation and take control or just straight disobey a direct order (therefore, insubordination to the plan of creation itself).

    So, to get to the main answer. Human being were not planned to breed in this way. The story is spiritual and Genesis 2 tells this is the case.
    So, the flip side to that coin is the reality. It is a coming of age tale, where if you partake of that good fruit you will be forced to live a normal earthly life and give birth as the animals for we choose to give up our innocence and our spiritual existence in order to come here and live like Earthlings.

    Thus, the work of the angels and all spiritual workers to reveal to us lowly humans how to return to that spiritual state.

    Recall Gods words – ‘why have you done this thing?’ now because of you the ground shall be cursed … not due to anything God did as in a curse. Rather, to simply state the facts as they are now; due to the choices mankind has made. God seems to be heart-broken at this tragic event then helps and attempts to instruct them on best how to proceed. Teaching about farming, killing, clothes, etc ==civilization.
    ‘Now, because of this your sorrows shall be multiplied.’ wow this is just stating the facts. We no longer live in a spiritual state – we must concern ourselves with staying alive.


    • You are trying hard, thanks. But Gen 2 contradicts Gen 1 which clearly says God created humans as man and woman, period, not from a rib of Adam. This story written by some hebrew man has been a tragedy for mankind, because it dismissed women from governing as unreliable and put men in charge who are run by 700% more testosterone than women (!!!!!). tHE RESULT WAS ABOUT 1000 WARS AND 1 BILLION VICTIMS SINCE THEN. NO WAY GOD THE CREATOR, GOD WHO IS LOVE, OF LIFE, WOULD HAVE WANTED THIS. GERMANY AFTER TWO BITTER WARS NOW SEES THE LIGHT WITH THE EXPRESSION MAENNERWIRTSCHAFT, I.E. THE MESS THAT MEN HAVE CREATED.
      When Eve, a woman reached for the knowledge of good and evil, she and billions after were condemned. When Moses did the same, big time, on Mount Sinai and became a mass-murderer to boot – nothing happened. God the Creator is a just god and would never have allowed such grave and tragic injustice and such tragedy for mankind.
      Instead of teaching this mesopotamian story as the first installment for the christian story. they should put it on the shelve called “meso-jewish history” and tech the truly first christian story, namely the annunciation of the angel to Mary. Amen I say.


      • Siqurd, you have taken the words right off my lips. My response was so visceral I did not reply to the initial post. My language would have been beyond gutters. How can this entire utterly debased belief of womanhood continue for so many centuries? Its virulent attack on the Feminine principle of the Universe is beyond egregious! An attack on the very Earth Herself. How can this have penetrated so deeply in the collective unconscious that women themselves believe and worse yet preach this Curse! It took til I was a very depressed mid-life woman to begin to dig beneath the bedrock to find the source of my betrayal. A tiny bit of research deep into the world written of by so many many women and yes, men too. It is late this night. I studied for my doctorate in 2005 to 2008. I was 63 when I completed The Apple and the Talking Snake: A feminist approach to dream reading and the subjunctive curriculum. That dissertation was my deep dive into the world of research into women’s history, dream work, my own dreams, Carl Jung, my own early upbringing, and my release from that egregious myth. So many women. Judith Plaskow. Carol Christ. Starhawk just to name three. So many more. Deeply buried in the collective unconscious, my dreams were the guide to my work. No. We are not cursed. We are blessed among peoples. Blessed to bring new life into the world. Blessed in our generativity, our fecundity, our desire and will to survive. I knew for certain when I dreamed of the Eleusian mysteries and read Esther Harding. Blessed be.


  22. To me the author seems to be having an existential crisis. I had one once too. While reading the Bible, if one is an intelligent and a feeling being, one must at some point exclaim, “How can a God, a divine being, full of compassion and Love say and do these things.” The author seems to be trying to answer this question in her own way. She must, if she wants to continue in her current belief system, which I think she is beginning to outgrow, since she is questioning it. This is her baby step. When people come face to face with an awakening idea that begins to disrupt the easy, sleepy and protected eggshell they call Life, in this case, a life as dictated by a father God, who tells his followers what to do, what to think and how to live, keeping them in a perpetual state of irresponsible childhood controlled by Him, they can react in a couple of ways to the awakening process.

    Most people will try and find a way out of the discomfort of doubt by patching the crack in their belief. They may shrug and try and forget the silly idea, call it blasphemy, hide it in their psyche and feel shame or compromise their newfound self-truth by trying to justify the unjustifiable. All these are compromises that will not last. In the end, the discomfort will return like a knock on the door. The thing that is knocking is called self-actualization. It will demand that the one behind the door open it up and come into the light and live a life free of all preconceived notions and find their own way in life, alone without a parent/God figure.

    Many people slam the door in the face of this new life because being self-realized is very isolating at first. It is the hardest thing a soul will ever have to do. Listening to one’s own truth regardless of what is written or said or believed or came before is a terrifying thing and requires untold stores of bravery. I empathize with the author, but it is a thing we all must face. Once the process begins, it will not end until the eggshell is cracked, and the new life commences. I wish her luck on her journey. She seems like a fighter. I was one too. All I can say is that it just made everything hurt more. Good Luck.

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  23. It might be wise to remember that these words were written down hundreds of years after the establishment of Judaism as a religion. Before that it was an oral tradition. The scriptures were memorized adult to child, cantor and rabbi to congregation. Written Hebrews still depended on the context of consonants for the interpretation of vowels. Memorization still plays an important part in Jewish coming of age rituals and in holiday traditions. The word “Yahweh’ is itself an acronym because to know the name of God and write it was forbidden. Part of why scriptures are held in such enormous veneration is because to survive they had to be memorized, their sacralization was an important motivation. Also, once an established priesthood exists and takes power, becomes even more of an imperative to claim god and his/her words as “sacred” and true rather than metaphorical.

    The writing down of these oral traditions and stories was done by men long after patriarchy was established. One of the amazing things about childbirth for me was that the fear of something gone terribly wrong that usually accompanies pain wasn’t present. I had a prolonged painful labor with my first child, but all through it I realized the pain was for something good- not a warning that something awful had happened to wound me. I wasn’t wounded, I was struggling to achieve a desired outcome. It is such a different perspective, arrived at through experience and totally unexpected. But a man pacing outside a tent or a bedroom door or a hospital room, hearing the grunts, screams, curses, and moans could only feel agony, could only relate it to wounding or battle full of terror and confusion. It would color his conception of childbirth and influence his account. ( I say his, but we are speaking of a common experience that was quickly assimilated into men’s cultural understanding of childbirth.)

    I have to add one caveat- I do know childbirth can be perilous and some women, live in great fear of it. I am not at all discounting that kind of suffering, or denying it as part of our overall experience.


  24. Does anyone else remember Mary Daly’s Beyond God the Father? She describes the myth of Adam & Eve as revelatory of the fundamental sin of religion: that it scapegoats women.

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  25. But even tho Eve sinned. Wouldn’t God have already known that Eve was going to sin in the first place? Otherwise why would he have created her with and given her female anatomy in the first place if he didn’t plane on her to bare children. I mean if Adam was lonely couldn’t he have simply created another man. Just a buddy to hangout with.


  26. my friend talk about this to and good shall bless all of u



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