[quote=“Elle, post:4, topic:38596, full:true”]
I can see where you’re coming from there, and that sounds similar to what I’ve heard from others who’ve pondered this idea. Based on what you’ve said, the next thing that comes to mind for me is what extent we can know the purpose of gender. Yes, someday reproduction won’t be necessary, and we’ll experience joy we’ve never known here – is it safe to say that reproduction and joy are the primary (sole?) purpose/function for gender in the here and now, or is there anything more to it?[/quote]
Replication of the species is prevalent in most species of animal, and some species of plant, Some insects, and much that is covered by my ignorance.
I personally think that is the reason Adam fell into the trap set by Eve who “was in the transgression” by listening to the serpent and eating the forbidden fruit; she took the fruit to her husband and he ate thereof.
Remember the account of what transpired prior to Eve’s creation? All animals passed before Adam, and he named them all. I do not think this transpired in one day. I think it transpired over an extended period, sufficient for Adam to see the entire animal kingdom of His day; and I think he saw the animals in most of their functioning life-styles, including that of breeding.
“God saw that it was not good for man to be alone.” I am in total sympathy with that situation. Adam saw that animals had something not available to him. So did God. God did something about it.
He put Adam into a deep sleep, took one of his ribs and formed a woman, gave her to Adam with the instruction, “Be fruitful and multiply…” because replication was the only possible way provided for Messiah, should he ever become necessary;The purpose of which becomes evident when you consider Messiah is now in play, because God made provision for every eventually, beginning in the garden.
Suppose Eve had sinned, and Adam did not? God made provision for it.
Suppose neither had sinned? God made provision for that.
And in all of those provisions, Messiah was provided, not because it was a necessity, but because the necessity was always a possibility. And that is because God gave MAN
"FREE WILL" which precludes a sinless result void of reality.
Adam had lived as the only Human, and when he was given the woman for a mate, he loved her and lived with her to a degree of time we have no way of knowing how much time took place while they honeymooned in the garden of
All I know for certain, is, he did not want to live alone again. When he saw what his mate had done, he never hesitated, but immediately joined her in her disobedience. I do think his ignorance about the meaning of “Thou shalt surely die” may have contributed to the issue, because no one had died at that time, so it may have been understood, or not, but It soon became the norm, and had to be dealt with in reality.
But Adam was loyal to his mate, as no other human will ever be.
And I reserve a special appreciation for Adam’s sacrifice in my heart, because he demonstrated for all men, what true love consists of. This nonsense today of men loving their wives until they hurt his feelings, is absolute stupidity.
The New Testament tells husbands to learn about their wives, understand them, which I know of very few who even know what that means.
If you want to know what Man’s love for woman is, study Adam in the beginning. It is the most beautiful, and consequential, love story ever written.