Let’s revisit the idea that the man was created to be the woman’s leader and protector. In the garden, the woman had no need of a protector, and YHWH ELOHIM was the leader of both the man and the woman. The Genesis account says nothing about the man being a mediator between the woman and her creator.
During the psy-op attack by the serpent [in The Garden], the man never said a word to either the serpent or the woman, though he witnessed the entire thing from start to finish. He was standing right there the whole time, watching the whole thing go down, and never said a word.
Interesting that, later, when YHWH ELOHIM asked the man about his actions, his angst was against his wife, and not against the serpent. He allowed her to take a bite knowing full-well she could die. He watched for her to die. Only after she did not, he decided it would be ok for him to taste the fruit. She offered him the fruit, but there is no evidence she had to talk him into taking a bite.
Then, when things went sideways, he threw her under the bus a second time. The first time was when he watched her take a bite without saying a word. He was willing to let her die so he could become a god. If complementarianism was divinely ordained, then the sinless man would surely have stepped up to the plate to save his wife before she ever stretched forth her hand to pick the fruit. He wouldn’t have let her get anywhere near that fruit. She would not have taken a bite. And there would have been no Fall.
But male-headship is not divinely ordained. Both adults were created with perfect God-ordained individual autonomy. It was the woman’s choice to listen to the serpent, though, to her credit, she did argue the point with him. And it was the man’s choice to eat the fruit without any argument with the serpent.
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