I’d like to intellectually demonstrate why the Evic curse has no meaning today, and hence is an outmoded belief.
A few weeks ago, a stray cat outside my window had kittens. Her agonized cries alerted me to the birth. In Genesis. after Eve disobeys God, God says that He will greatly multiply her birth pangs.
The curse is clearly meant to explain why women suffer greatly in childbirth. It is also used to explain the horrifying expulsion of blood that females experience during menses, which today we know is the shed lining of the uterus to nourish the fertilized egg (i.e., there is no shame or horror attached to menstruation).
I contend this myth isn’t meaningful or applicable today. All female mammals, not just human beings, suffer a great deal of pain when birthing their offspring. Human beings in the ancient world, being intelligent and self-conscious, took this pain quite personally*. Mortality during childbirth scared these cultures because they lived in a pre-scientific age—an age in which it was common for mothers and their babies to die in childbirth. In this context, it would be high arrogance to blame them for inventing an Eve to explain why this happens. It is understandable why they needed an explanation—however superstitious and wrong it might be—for why women suffered agony, and death often accompanied childbirth.
Pain and death have existed since life has existed. Literalists need only open their eyes and see that all mammals suffer birth pangs through no fault of their gender. Only a deceptive God would extend the curse to female mammals and then have mammalian birth pain make perfect sense to us in an evolutionary/naturalistic context. Birth pain is to be expected in the context of evolution and in light of what we see in the natural history record.
A God that endorses belief in a literal Fall (to Christians, the truth) but concurrently hands us conflicting information (data showing that suffering has existed since emotion and pain receptors have existed) cannot exist. This is just one reason why I’m confident the Christian God as promoted by Christians doesn’t exist. Love doesn’t endeavor to sew confusion. (“God is love” is practically meaningless to our human understanding if God intentionally sews confusion.)
(The cat and her kittens are doing wonderfully, BTW. =) I “kittennapped” the whole family.)
- Christopher Hitchens refers to this pre-scientific time as the “bawling infancy of our species.” Being loosed on a harsh planet with predators, disease, and calamitythrown at them, and without the mental equipment to fully understand these horrors, I’m inclined to agree with that description.