Womanhood and Manhood as Human Constructs

by Liz Sykes | July 16, 2010

There's no denying that God created humans male and female. Everyone would agree on that fact. However, any instructions to God's people in the Old Testament and Jesus' disciples in the New Testament are pertaining to how to relate to God and each other. The ten commandments embrace all of the experiences of life at the time of writing and Jesus' commands to his followers are summed up in just two - "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind" and "Love your neighbour as yourself." Nothing is gender specific about any of these commandments and a careful reading of the New Testament will not reveal specific instructions re what constitutes godly 'womanhood' or 'manhood' - maybe there is no such idea in the minds of the writers and more particularly in the mind of God as revealed in Jesus Christ.

Surely if we are faithful, humble followers of Jesus and relying on the indwelling Holy Spirit, we will display God-likeness in all aspects of our human life, both in our family relationships and within the Body of Christ.