"It's always women who are blamed!"

Reading Genesis

What to know For some women, the Genesis account can stir up painful emotions. In light of this, it can be helpful to talk about what Azzam did, and to contrast this with what the holy Injil commands of men. In Genesis 3, we see Azzam trying to divert focus to Eve, hiding behind her moment of weakness and sin in order to avoid answering a question from God. In Islamic law, we see this betrayal amplified to grotesque measures: even in the case of rape, oftentimes, the woman is held responsible. Many women live in fear of violence, blame, shame, accusation, and punishment.  What to say

If your friend reacts strongly to the male/female dynamic of Genesis 3, be cautious and gentle in asking questions to see if your friend wants to engage further. (Never push topics, but show a willingness to be in that conversation, even if in the abstract.) Pray continuously as you listen to your friend. If God leads, share Ephesians 5:25-31. Consider asking, How might Azzam have answered the question from God in a way that showed love to his wife...a love that valued her above himself?  Read also 1 Timothy 5:1-2 and Philippians 2:3-4 and consider further...What would our world feel like if men did the will of God? What would your own life look like if men followed the will of God? Read John 8 together. When another woman was accused of sin, Jesus, the only one who was completely pure and blameless, stepped forward to protect her. Listen as your friend shares their response.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf:  be reconciled to God. 


[II Corinthians 5:20]

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