CWP comments on women's role in marriage.

Jun 26, 1902
Charles W. Penrose

Charles W. Penrose, “Women in Heaven,” Millennial Star 64 (June 26, 1902): 410

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As to the subject under consideration, the Bible expressly states that God created man in His own image, and lest some one should misconstrue the word 'man' here to mean only Adam, the historian adds: 'Male and female crated He them,' thus including bout our progenitors in the statement that 'man' was created in the image of God. The English language is at a disadvantage not having a separate word to denote all human beings. The word 'man' is therefore ambiguous. But when it is said 'man' is mortal, it is well understood that 'man' means both men, women, and children, and in the same way when we are told in Genesis that 'man' was created in the image of God, the word includes both male and female, But if the divine image, to be completed, had to reflect a female as well as a male element, it is self-evident that both must be contained in the Deity. And they are. For the divine Spirit that in the morning of the creation 'moved upon the face of the waters,' bringing forth life and order, is in the original language of the sacred historian represented in the feminine gender, whatever modern theology may think of it. But apart from this, when the Scriptures represent God as 'our Father,' does that not of necessity imply a mother? There are some words, the meaning of which necessarily implies that which other words denote. Such are, child and parent, husband and wife, father and mother, etc. A man may exist alone, and so may a woman, but there can be no fatherhood without motherhood, no husband if there is no wife. Is an exception to be made in the case of Him who is called "the Father of spirits?'"

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