It is no secret that there are a lot of people who oppose feminism and who believe that feminism is illogical, hostile to men, and against God's will. But claims are just claims without the evidence, so let's go to biblicalgenderroles.com and find out how this anonymous blogger defends his belief that gender stereotypes create the optimal circumstances in which "Peace comes through living the way our creator designed us to."
Some have argued that “man” in verse [Gen 1:]26 is talking about “mankind” and that when he talks about “them” having dominion over nature this includes women therefore enforcing their claim that “man” is really mankind. I would argue that the “them” that was given dominion over nature was actual talking about men (plural). God knew there would be more than one man, and he was saying he was not only giving Adam authority over nature, but all his male decedents as well (sorry PETA). This is confirmed by the detailed account(in Genesis 2) of God’s creation of Adam and that Adam was given authority to name the animals and he even named Eve (exercising his authority over her) before the fall.
How can Adam have authority over all other men? He is dead and buried. And if only Adam was created in the Image of God, what about all other men? And what about women?
Let's compare Genesis 1 to Genesis 5 to find out:
Gen 5:1-2 When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them "man." (NIV)
Gen 1:26-27 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (NIV)
If "man" refers to a male human in Genesis 1 (which incidentally is Ortlund's argument in "Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood"), we have a problem with Genesis 5: the human that was created in the Image of God was male and female, and "they" were called 'adam, a human.
Why is this important? Because of this:
Woman is made in the image of man, and yes she does retain some traits of the nature of God as well because she is made in the image of man, who was made in the image of God.
But the point is, man in his design and nature, matches more closely to God than woman does in her design and nature. This fact is further backed up by the fact that God is always referred to in the masculine in such terms as “Father” and “Husband” and Christ was incarnated in the form of a man.
If both the man and the woman were created in the Image of God in the exact same way the man doesn't match God more closely. Not surprisingly, this blogger tries to compare the woman to humankind and the man to God, but if the man, who is a human, is in the Image of God, and if the woman symbolizes men, who symbolize God, how can the woman not symbolize God in the same way as the man does?
Throughout the Bible the woman is symbolic of mankind, and the man is symbolic of God. This is why in the Old Testament and the New Testament God’s relationship with man is pictured as that of a husband to his wife, or father to his children.
This becomes especially clear when we compare the following texts:
Gen 5:3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. (NIV)
Woman is made in the image of man, and yet she does retain some traits of the nature of God as well because she is made in the image of man, who was made in the image of God.
If the woman is in the image of man, and therefore doesn't reflect God in the same way as the man, why does the Bible say that Adam had a son in his own image? If the third man was in the image of the first man, yet all men are in the image of God, why are women not in the Image of God in the same way as men since the first woman was taken from the first man?
1 Cor 15:48-49 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. (NIV)
The above verse says we all bear the likeness of the first man. Not just women, but all humans, for the first man was the prototype, which was divided into two, and then the two became three, and here we are.
Any attempt to tamper with the Bible results in confusion and theological oddities that cannot be defended. This anonymous blogger's work is no exception.