To answer the question of why God made woman we must first understand the Biblical concept of progressive revelation. Progressive revelation has to do with how God reveals both history and his plan.
Have you ever watched a movie or television show where they start the story at the beginning, start moving forward in the story only to then reveal flashbacks to what happened at the beginning that you did not know? And then as you watched the story you began to see a larger plan unfold? That is what God does in the Bible through progressive revelation.
In the first chapter of Genesis, we have the first mention of woman in the Bible.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 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.”
Genesis 1:26-28 (KJV)
So, in this first chapter of Genesis we see God making man and woman. The setting is that God has just created all the animals and other living creatures on the earth. Now he comes to the crown of his creation which is man. Man will be made differently than all the other living creatures he has made. Man will be made in God’s image and his likeness.
We then see God giving his first command to man and woman for them to be fruitful and multiply. He then follows that up with his second command for them to take dominion over the animals and every other living being on the earth.
But when we come to Genesis chapter 2, we get our first flashback, our first progressive revelation from God, showing us more detail of what happened when he created man and woman.
Genesis chapter two reveals that man was made first, and that man took dominion over the animals and named them before God made woman. We then see the more detailed account of God’s creation of woman:
“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 out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found 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. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
Genesis 2:18-23 (KJV)
In Genesis chapter one we did not really get any information as to how or why God made woman, only that he made her. Genesis chapter two reveals to us how and why God made woman. God saw among the animals that no suitable helper for man could be found. Why? Because man needed a helper that was of a similar nature to himself. He could not find the true companionship he needed with any animal. So, God created woman from man so that he would have a companion with a similar yet very different nature.
What do we mean by man and woman’s natures being similar, yet very different? Well if we were to compare a man to a dog would we not say their natures are radically different? The answer is yes. But if we compare a man and woman’s natures against that of a dog the man and woman’s nature look far more similar to each when compared to that of a dog. Yet if we compare only the man and woman against each other then we see that while they share a very a common human nature, they actually have very distinct versions of that human nature.
Genesis chapter 3 ends with God performing the first marriage bringing Adam and Eve together as husband and wife.
So, what have learned thus far about woman’s purpose in creation? We have learned that Eve was specifically created after man and for man. She was created so that he would not be lonely (for companionship) and also to be his helper. But what kind of companion did God design her to be to him? And what kind of helper did God design her to be to him? Did God intend for her to be an equal partner with her husband and equal helper with him? Or did he intend something else?
What Kind of Companion and Helper Did God Create Woman to Be?
For the answers to these questions we must move to the book of Exodus. In the 10th commandment we read the following:
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”
Exodus 20:17 (KJV)
A man’s wife is included in a list of all the things he owns including his house, his manservants, maidservants, cattle and donkeys. This shows us that God did not make woman to be man’s equal companion or helper, but rather he made her to be man’s subordinate companion and helper whom man he would have ownership over.
The fact of a man’s ownership over his wife is further enforced by the Hebrew word for “owner or master” being used to reference a woman’s husband. See the following command about the punishment for adultery:
“If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.”
Deuteronomy 22:22 (KJV)
The phrase translated in English as “married to an husband” in the original Hebrew literally states “owned by and owner”. So, God is saying if a man be founding lying with a woman owned by an owner, then both the man and woman should be put to death under the civil laws of Israel. In other words, adultery was a property a crime against the husband of a wife whom another man had sex with.
In fact, the Hebrew word for marriage was “owned” as in a woman being owned by a man.
If we look to the book of Numbers the subordinate role of the woman to the man is shown in his right to override any decision she makes:
“If a woman also vow a vow unto the Lord, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father’s house in her youth; And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her; then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.
But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the Lord shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her.
And if she had at all an husband, when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul; And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her in the day that he heard it: then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.
But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the Lord shall forgive her.”
Numbers 30:3-8 (KJV)
So, we see here that while a wife can make decisions, any decision she makes can be overrode by her husband further demonstrating her subordinate position to her husband as her owner.
Why Did God Make Woman to Be a Subordinate Helper to Man?
It is an undeniable fact of the Old Testament that God made woman for man as subordinate companion and helper. The Biblical evidence is overwhelming that women are seen as the property of men, first as the property of their fathers and then as finally as the property of their husbands. Marriage was literally a property transfer from the father to a husband.
Some Christian Egalitarians will not try and get around these Biblical facts as I have laid them out but instead, they will claim that man’s ownership was not God’s original plan, but that it only happened because of sin. Many of these same people claim that when Christ came, he freed women from the ownership of their fathers and husbands and once again restored women to the equal status with men that God intended in the Garden of Eden.
Christian Egalitarians base this theory that women were only put under men because of sin on the follow passage:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Galatians 3:28 (KJV)
The problem is that nothing in this passage is speaking of marriage or gender roles. The subject matter is that our salvation and position in Christ. Both Jews and Greeks, men and women, slaves and free can be saved. And when we reach the eternal state all these distinctions will be gone.
But then we come to a big problem for Christian Egalitarians. The same Apostle Paul who wrote their favorite Galatians 3:28 passage also wrote the following passage from Ephesians:
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”
Ephesians 5:22-24 (KJV)
Up to this point we have seen that God gave man ownership over woman and that women were designed to be subordinate helpers to their husbands. But we have not seen why God did this. Ephesians chapter gives us part of the answer as to why.
God created marriage to be a picture of the relationship of God to his people as seen by the entirety of Ephesians 5:22-33. That is why God pictures himself as a husband to Israel in the Old Testament and it is why Christ is pictured as the husband to his Church in the New Testament.
Ephesians 5:22-33 annihilates the Christian Egalitarian theory that woman was only temporarily put in a subordinate position to man because of sin. It shows us that this was God’s intention from the very beginning.
But Ephesians 5:22-33 only shows us part of the reason God made woman. Again, the same Apostle Paul who wrote the favorite Galatians 3:28 passage of Christian Egalitarians wrote another passage which actually gives us God’s master plan regarding man and woman. In the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church he writes the following:
“3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. 5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. 6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
“7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. 8 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.”
I Corinthians 11:3-11 (KJV)
It is apparent that Paul was asked by the Corinthian Churches why women must wear head coverings during worship and prayer. This was his response to that question. In answering the question Paul goes back to the creation account and gives us divine commentary on that account. This is yet another flashback and this passage contains the big reveal as to God’s master plan for man and woman in this world. If we look to verse 7 of I Corinthians 11 we see God’s plan:
“For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.”
Why was woman created? Why did God make woman a subordinate helper for man? Why is man the head of woman and why is the husband the head of the wife in marriage? I Corinthians 11:7 gives us a very clear answer. Because man was made to image God and thereby bring him glory. Woman comes from man as man comes from God and woman was made for the glory of man just as man was made for the glory of God.
The sad reality is, you will rarely if ever hear any churches today teach on this passage as it so conflicts with our culture’s egalitarian views. The idea that half of humanity was created by God to serve the other half is probably the most repugnant teaching of the Bible to our modern western culture.
Every Part of Woman Was Made for Man
I Corinthians 11:7 states the following truth as to why God made woman:
“Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.”
Every part of a woman’s being was created to compliment and meet the needs of the man and to help him fulfill his mission to image God.
- Man could not fully image God without being a husband. He needed someone weaker than him who would depend on him for his leadership, provision and protection as mankind must rely on God for his leadership, provision and protection. Therefore, God created woman as the weaker vessel. (Ephesians 5:22-33, I Peter 3:1-7)
- Man could not fully image God without being a father. So, God equipped woman with the ability to bear children and care for their needs. (Psalm 127:3-5, 1 Timothy 5:14)
- Man could not fully image God by going out and working in the world and making his mark on the world without someone to care for the needs of his home while he is away. So, God equipped woman with the drive and ability to make a home and care for it so the man would have no worries for his home while he was away. (Psalm 104:23, Proverbs 31:10-31, Titus 2:3-5)
- Man could not fully image God without also having a strong desire for beauty and pleasure because God desires beauty and pleasure. So, he made woman to be beautiful and to desire to be beautiful for man. He designed her with the ability to give man great pleasure as God finds pleasure in his people. (Psalm 45:11, Psalm 149:4, Proverbs 5:15-19, Revelation 4:11)
The Scriptures clearly tell us why God created woman. Woman was created for man to help him fully image God as a husband and father. So God created the woman to be the wife for man and the mother of his children. He made her weaker than man because man must image God’s strength in his leadership, provision and protection.
God wanted man to be a worker, builder, inventor, warrior and all the other things he is and to make his mark on the world as God made his mark on the world. So while man was out making his mark on the world he would need someone to care for the needs of his home. So God created woman with a desire to nest and to make a home for her husband.
God made woman beautiful and to desire to be beautiful for man because God desires the beauty of his people. God made man to desire to take pleasure in woman as God desires to take pleasure in his people. Therefore he made the woman and her body capable of bring man great pleasure.
Just as all the attributes of man were made for God’s glory, so too all the attributes of woman were made for “the glory of the man” as I Corinthians 11:7 tells us.
Finally, I will leave with you several interesting facts about a woman’s physiology and psychology that God placed in her to help her fulfill her role helping man to fulling image God.
- Estrogen in women causes them to have softer and more delicate skin than men. This makes a woman’s touch very soothing in her role as caregiver. It also makes a woman have finer, more delicate facial features than a man.
- A woman’s body purposefully retains more fat than a man’s body does. Her body does this for several reasons. Her fat is first distributed to her breasts, buttocks, hips and legs. This gives a woman that “curvy” look that God intended her to have. Scientists have recently discovered a special fat called DHA that is the crucial building block for infant brain development. A woman’s body pulls heavily from the fat in her hips, buttocks and legs to help her baby develop and after the baby is born the body continues pulling from this fat storage to produce breast milk. This also gives a woman’s body a more “cushy” feel than a man’s more typically muscular body. So this extra fat storage serves two purposes: one for reproduction and child rearing, and at the same time God has wired men to find the curvy look and cushy feel of a woman attractive.
- Human females are the only mammals whose breasts stay large (relatively speaking) even when not pregnant or nursing. Most other female mammals only have protruding breasts when they are filled with milk for nursing; human female breasts, however, are mostly filled with fat. The human female breasts always being present serves God’s intended design for them to be a place of comfort for children as well as a place of comfort and sexual pleasure for husbands.
- Women’s brains are wired for more emotional intelligence than men. Men tend to be more left-brain dominant which makes them more task-oriented. Women use both sides of their brain which helps them to be more intuitive and relational than men.
- Because women are better able to understand, and pick up on emotions, this makes a woman much better suited to dealing with children (who can be extremely emotional). Her emotional intuitiveness helps her to better understand the needs of her infant child well before the child can actually speak.
- A woman’s emotional intelligence also helps her in her caregiver role, which is why most day-care workers are women, and most nurses are women.
- Women are typically less likely to take risks or do risky things than men and God designed this cautiousness in her to help protect her and her children (who are physically weaker than adult men).
This article has undergone a major rewrite since I first published it in April of 2014. Doctrinally it is essentially the same. The vast majority of changes have just been in wording and style.
14 thoughts on “Why did God make woman?”
WELL, I guess, according to you, I disobeyed the commands of God…in our 40 yrs of marriage my husband has had and still has many illnesses and if I did not go out and work we would have starved and not been able to pay bills. I also went to college and got a teaching degree and chose not to have children due to working outside the home. I would have been too tired after working all day teaching other children to come home and do my own any justice. But before I go and completely bash myself to pieces, I found out God does not make cookie cutter Christians. I was told “God has a plan for your life” and after getting married ran into pastors and deacons who tried to squash me into their version of what a godly woman should look like.(dresses, make up, hair do’s, keeping house, children) And it was a very unpleasant place to be because I was trying to follow what they said, not what God said to me. And this patriarchy label has been the cause of much abuse of women. Your rules for Christian marriage may be a good starting place, but for young married folks, they should also seek God and not base their marriages on what a man puts forth as God’s rules for every one. I do not mean to come across as snarky or disrespectful, but have seen so much of life and the different tragedies people live through that I know that God provides for them even when they cannot or are not able to follow scripture to a T. Patriarchy, via Gothard and other chrisitan gurus, also brings with it a judgement that something is wrong with a person who does not follow every little jot and tittle of law, thus making it legalism, not grace.
I do not think God faults a woman for working to care for her family when her husband is ill. I did the same thing because my husband got in a terrible car accident and was hemipalegic for all the years we were together. There is a difference between doing something because of the issues unique to you versus a wholesale culture that has women never at home, never having anything to do with family, and everything is me, my career and like some in my church say that children are evil etc etc. We women have been feed the communist mantra and now we dress, act like men. I always say. IF God only wanted one sex He would have created it this way from the gate.
Rules with exceptions may not apply to individuals if you are the rare exception. Exceptions to rules do not invalidate the rule. Rules do not have to be absolute to be beneficial good rules.
1 in 900,000 women may have been born a gifted research physicist who will love spending all her days working on math equations in a Harvard basement, and will happily die childless as long as she can extrapolate a better way to view “G” the gravitational constant. Society should allow this lady physicist to do her work and not feel bad about it. The problem is that we have a society that tells the other 899,999 women they need to get a career and make dollar bills, or else she will be “just a housewife” which is now a title of derision. “Have kids later” they say. Such women often wake up at 40 to discover she isn’t fertile, which is far more common than politically manipulated statistics told her.
Back at home, government schooling and daycare cannot replace the traditional God-given role of woman in the home. Our world is now falling apart for lack of good mothers. Our marriages are in shambles with a laughable 50% divorce rate. Our latch-key kids have grown up to be internet porn addicts, video game junkies and underachievers like the world has never known. Crime has engulfed the planet as swarms of poorly raised children have become immoral adults.
If you can find someone to tell you America in 2015 is better that America in 1915, you wont have found a rare person, because morons and liars are common, not rare. But if you honestly contrast all we have lost across a set of balances? We have turned the world upside down to embrace the theoretical woman born to do physics research or brain surgery. We have also doomed children to grow up largely motherless, husbands to a cranky overworked wife too tired to be a sex partner, in a world where marriage is quickly going extinct, while the term “baby mama” no longer requires explanation because unwed pregnancy is so common. Virginia Slims cigarettes once extolled the “new woman” with the saying “You’ve come a long way baby.” We are certainly a long way from where America started. But where we have arrived is more like the Surgeon Generals warning “Smoking causes Heart Disease, and may complicate Pregnancy.”
It would’ve been very nice if God gave many of us Good Single men out there the Luck to meet a Good woman to share our life with since Most of us are still Waiting and Hoping. But since Most women have Changed over the years which does make it very Difficult for many of us too.
I am a women and I:
Have no emotional intelegence. My husband says that I am about as emotional as a brick wall.
Don’t have soft hands, they areally very rough and scratchy.
I take risks all the time. I am a rock climber and I love paragliding and bungee jumping.
I have a body fat percentage lower than the average male, and I have basically no curves. I have barely any fat in my breasts, it’s mostly pecs.
I have a very hard time dealing with children.
How do you explain me?
Then there are many of us Good men out there that were Never meant to find Love unfortunately. Very difficult to meet a Good old fashioned woman these days.
Well the real fact is that God Never made Good women which Most of the Good old fashioned women of years ago that were the Best of all compared to today since many of them are real Losers unfortunately now. And Most women back then had real Good Manors and were very Easy to meet as well since they were very Polite to have a Normal Conversation with as well. Today it is a whole different story since so many women now have their Careers which are now very high maintenance, independent, selfish, spoiled, greedy, picky, narcissists, and so very money hungry which certainly speaks for itself. So for us Good men trying to find Real Love now is very Difficult for us since many of us men Definitely Would’ve been all settled down by now had we been born at a much Earlier Time back then. Most women are very Greedy And Selfish now more than ever since they will Only want the Best of all and will Never settle for Less. It was just too very Bad that God Didn’t make Good women today like he did in the Past which it really Would’ve made a very big Difference since many of us men Could’ve Avoided this.
It hurts that you are created for “someone” and to fulfill “someone’s sexual desires” to bear “someone’s children”. As the children women bear are not given her name but the man. So it hurts being created as an object.
We were all created for someone – and that someone is God. Whether God also creates us for other “someones” is beside the point. The Bible even refers to us as human beings as “vessels of wrath” or “vessels of mercy” in that God demonstrates his wrath on some people and he mercy on others. Should I be bitter as a man that God created me for his glory and his pleasure? Should I be bitter that he created me to serve him by imaging his characteristics in my life?
The whole “objectification” argument is a farce. When I go to my job I am a part in a larger whole to perform necessary functions. I am an object. If I don’t perform my intended function as object within my company they may replace me. In fact sometimes companies replace human objects with mechanical objects to do various jobs.
It is not wrong for one human being to use another human being for a particular function. If my niece brings my great nephew over for my wife to babysit for her she using my wife for her function as a babysitter. If my dad asks me for help fixing his computer he is using me for my function as computer programmer. If I ask my dad to come over and help fix my car I am using my dad as an object to fix my car.
In the same way women can rightfully use their husbands as objects of provision, protection and sexual pleasure according to God’s Word(Exodus 21:10-11) and men can rightfully use women as objects of sexual pleasure(Proverbs 5:15-19) and for keeping their homes and bearing their children(1 Timothy 5:14).
But we all have a different part to play and just because you have different rights and responsibilities by God’s design does not make you any less human. You need to realize your humanity is not based on having equal rights with men – that is a falsehood you have learned from our feminist society.
The real problem is that God never created the right good woman for many of us good single men still waiting and hoping.
In regard to your statement:
Respectfully I would disagree with you. God created the perfect companion for man in woman but sin came and corrupted that the feminine nature and the masculine nature nature as well. Sin effects us all as men and women in different ways. Some women fight against their sin nature and aim to do what God created them to do which is to help and serve man. The Bible calls these good women “rubies”:
The Bible says of such a woman that she will do her husband good and not evil all the days of her life.
Again we read the following regarding these women whose value is above rubies:
A virtuous is is crown to her husband – which means she brings him glory and honor. She never shames him in either her word or behavior. She lifts him up and is his greatest cheerleader in life.
You said many good men are still waiting – let me ask you this question. If you just wait will a ruby fall into your lap? If you just hope for a ruby will it suddenly appear? The answer is no.
Instead you must follow Christ’s admonition:
If you want a wife who is a rubie, you must actively be seeking her if you ever wish to find her. And if you seek a rubie, do you just go in your backyard and start digging? Of course not. You go to the areas of the world where rubies are known to be and you mine for them. You may search years before you find one. It may come at great personal and financial cost to you. But that is why rubies are worth it when they are found.
Practically speaking that means you go on every dating site you can looking for a woman who longs to be the woman the Bible says she should be. You look to extremely conservative Christian churches and areas of the country where women are still raised right. You may even look to other countries where women have not been infected by feminism. You save money, thousands if necessary, to go and search for the ruby that God has for you.
Hi, I am struggling a lot with this article and topic in general. As a woman, I can refuse to marry and live alone, right? I am trying to really examine these things honestly. The idea of being an object for man bothers me beyond words. Can I scripturally refuse to marry? I believe that I can, considering Paul advised both men and women to live as he did. I’d like to get your input. Thanks.
See this article where I go into reasons that God allows for celibacy and also reasons that are NOT an allowance for celibacy.
I love this article for many reasons.
As I look around society today I see a misrepresentation of the roles of men and women as a whole. With such misrepresentation of God intent for women, there is this movement of wether a man can be a women? which proves the very point that women came from man and was intended for men. Until women return to there God given positions in society this void will never be filled. The feminist movement has affected the women view in a negative way which caused many women to desire another role leaving this empty feeling in our men for a female presence that they now resolve that they “ men” can or must some how fill by choosing to become women. The truth is what always sets men free