I was just looking into the claim of how women are more prone to evil and the occult and that this is linked back to Eve and how she was deceived by Satan. The idea presents women as having some intrinsic evil in their nature. When I read this, of course, I did not like it.
The claim concerns me as there is an evangelical group in the Dominican Republic that has men going around with microphones in the street corners of the cities accusing women and blaming them for the the evil in the world and recommending to men that they should be aware and cautious with the women in their lives. It is very disturbing and hurtful especially when as one of them speaks you may see a 102 lbs mother of five on her way home knowing that she will not have enough to feed her children and she has to walk by a callous man claiming to be a christian who is plainly accusing her of being evil. It would not surprise me at all if the people who are going around making these announcements day in and day out like the fanatics that they are; have affected the increase in the mortality of Dominican women by men which accord some years back.
Because I have witness how fanatical people can get, it concerned me that women could be thought to be responsible, cursed and evil and as proof to provide Eve and how it is her fault that we live in sin and that even Jesus had to sacrifice Himself to save us.
In my ignorance of the topic I started a little research and what I have found it not encouraging. It seems like everyone hold the position that there is something wrong and dangerous about women which is traced back to Eve. There is Saint Paul giving warnings, Saint Augustine, Saint Thomas and even in Judaism the men in their daily prayer thank God for not making them female. Out of the three religions; Christianity, Judaism and Islam, Islam is more equal with women and holds both Adam and Even responsible.
Take a look here:
"To the present day, orthodox Jewish men in their daily morning prayer recite “Blessed be God King of the universe that Thou has not made me a woman.”; The women, on the other hand, thank God every morning for “making me according to Thy will.”; 3 Another prayer found in many Jewish prayer books: “Praised be God that he has not created me a gentile. Praised be God that he has not created me a woman. Praised be God that he has not created me an ignoramus.”; 4
The Biblical Eve has played a far bigger role in Christianity than in Judaism. Her sin has been pivotal to the whole Christian faith because the Christian conception of the reason for the mission of Jesus Christ on Earth stems from Eve’s disobedience to God. She had sinned and then seduced Adam to follow her suit. Consequently, God expelled both of them from Heaven to Earth, which had been cursed because of them. They bequeathed their sin, which had not been forgiven by God, to all their descendants and, thus, all humans are born in sin. In order to purify human beings from their ‘original sin’, God had to sacrifice Jesus, who is considered to be the Son of God, on the cross. Therefore, Eve is responsible for her own mistake, her husband’s sin, the original sin of all humanity, and the death of the Son of God. In other words, one woman acting on her own caused the fall of humanity. 5 What about her daughters? They are sinners like her and have to be treated as such. Listen to the severe tone of St. Paul in the New Testament: “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I don’t permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner” (I Timothy 2:11-14).
St. Tertullian was even more blunt than St. Paul, while he was talking to his ‘best beloved sisters’ in the faith, he said: 6 “Do you not know that you are each an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the Devil’s gateway: You are the unsealer of the forbidden tree: You are the first deserter of the divine law: You are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God’s image, man. On account of your desert even the Son of God had to die.”
St. Augustine was faithful to the legacy of his predecessors, he wrote to a friend: “What is the difference whether it is in a wife or a mother, it is still Eve the temptress that we must beware of in any woman…I fail to see what use woman can be to man, if one excludes the function of bearing children.”
Centuries later, St. Thomas Aquinas still considered women as defective: “As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active force in the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of woman comes from a defect in the active force or from some material indisposition, or even from some external influence.”
Finally, the renowned reformer Martin Luther could not see any benefit from a woman but bringing into the world as many children as possible regardless of any side effects: “If they become tired or even die, that does not matter. Let them die in childbirth, that’s why they are there” islamawareness.net/Adam/fault.html
I am reading some of Pope John Paul the Great for consolation:
When the Book of Genesis speaks of “help”, it is not referring merely to acting, but also to being. Womanhood and manhood are complementary not only from the physical and psychological points of view, but also from the ontological. It is only through the duality of the “masculine” and the “feminine” that the “human” finds full realization."