Hey, BB folks, I'm just rambling here. Read my post if you want to, ignore it if you want to. I'll be please as punch either way. :tongue3: I was taught all of my young life that “women are more easily deceived” and that this was supposedly a direct quote from the Bible and was the reasoning why men were given control over women. So, as a teenager I took that to mean that women were stupid and I acted accordingly. Not taking responsibility for my own actions and not using my brain - doing things that I deeply regret because, hey, I was just a dumb girl. I found out as I read the Bible for myself that neither this phrase nor this concept are in the Bible. The Bible says that Eve, personally, not women in general, was deceived. And there is nothing in the Bible about her being EASILY deceived……which implies stupidity or inferiority. That phrase, "easily deceived" is not in Bible - from the King James Version to the Message and all versions/tranlations/paraphrases in between. What IS in the Bible are several passages where men and women are deceived sin and deceived by others, including the Apostle Paul, by his OWN admission and several passage where humanity in general is deceived by sin and deceived by others. The very man who wrote that Eve was deceived, by his own admission, was deceived, himself. Romans 7:11 “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.” By this verse alone, one cannot claim that Paul was saying that women only are deceived. Being deceived by sin and deceived by others is a universal problem according to the Bible…..not a female problem. Jesus Christ, Himself, warned us all not to be deceived by those lying and pretending to speak the words of God. Matthew 24:4-5 and 11 “And Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many’……And many false prophets shall rise and deceive many.” John, in the book of Revelation, tells that Satan has deceived the WHOLE world. Revelation 13:14 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth and his angels were cast out with him." I found 70 passages in the Bible about deception. Here’s just a few. ~Sin deceives all people. 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Galatians 6:7; Ephesians 4:14; Ephesians 5:6; 2 Timothy 3:13; 1 John 3:7 I was taught a lot of things about women when I was young. I was taught that Bathsheba intentionally seduced David and that David was just an innocent bystander in that adulterous affair. I was taught that Eve and therefore all women are “more easily deceived”. I was taught that these very words were in the Bible. They are not. I was taught that the woman at the well was a whore. She was not. Five husbands had cast her out. She was a sinner and when Jesus called her on it, she repented. I was taught that Job’s wife was not a Godly woman and was a shrewish burden to him. She was not. She was a grief stricken woman who has just lost all of her children and beloved husband was suffering physical pain untold. She just wanted him relieved of pain. Then one day, I read the Bible for myself and found out that a lot of things that my traditional and fundamental background had taught me was not true. Yes, in a Biblical marriage, the husband is the head. He leads. He leads as Christ did - from a place of sacrifice or giving up everything that was and is rightfully his to ensure that his wife and family are presented to God clean and saved. And he leads in love (a verb, not an emotion). He is not superior to his wife. She is not ignorantly inferior to him. He has a deep responsibility in that leadership and God strengthens the husband who leads in that manner of Christ. And yes, in a Biblical marriage, the wife is the "help" or literally as the Hebrew word ("ezer") defines it, the "succor" or "relief". This is the same word "help" or "succor" or "relief" that is use many times over for God, Himself. Especially by David. "But I am poor and needy; make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make to tarrying." Psalm 70:5 While the exact same Hebrew word, עֵזֶר or "ezer", is used to describe both Eve and God, she is NOT God nor is she superior to the man. She is a "relief". She is an עֵזֶר or "ezer". How can she be a relief to her husband if she is stupid? How can she be a relief to her husband if she is "easily deceived"? Why would God create a counterpart for Adam who was stupid or gullible? He didn't. He created a counterpart that was "meet" for him. Appropriate for him. A counterpart. And she was, as Adam was......"very good". And she wasn't "easily deceived". She was "deceived" not because it was her nature to be stupid, but because she reacting incorrectly in that one instance when Satan tempted her and she allowed herself to get into a conversation justifying her behavior with him. And we all, both male and female, do that. Whew! I'm finished. Thanks for letting me ramble on and on and on..... Sorry.