|Elizabeth Hurley as the devil in the updated "Bedazzled" dressed up like the temptress Eve.|
|Got religion? Why?|
|Adam, am I as beautiful as the Evil One?|
|God made us white, right, Eve?|
"Then he said to the woman, 'I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.'" - NLT interpretation
|European-ized Adam and Eve|
On the other hand, I have had friends question this interpretation: Why, they ask, would God use such an incredible event [bringing new life into the world] to punish us? And what about women who don’t experience any pain in childbirth at all? Or [those] who do not have children? Is God’s punishment reserved for those who procreate? This doesn’t seem to make much sense in a larger spiritual framework.
|Well, there was that apple. - Shut up, Adam.|
Another friend brought up the fact that God’s actions are seldom (if ever) random; therefore, what is the transformation that God is expecting from such a punishment? What does Eve’s “punishment” have to say about how we interact with, communicate with, and love God (and likewise)?
|You smell better than he does. - O, Adam!|
- The modern translations of the verse greatly influence our interpretation that painful childbirth is a punishment from God;
- The punishment (not curse) was rather that of relational damage than of literal, bodily pain;
- The pain of labor is referenced many other times in scripture without reference to sin, and in the New Testament that pain is referred to in a redemptive light. More