I’ve had a hard time deciding where to start this series. I think I’ll start with a very basic concept: We all know that God not only created woman, He also created man. We also know quite well that He created man and woman very distinctly different from each other. For one thing, we are physically different. I found this article by Dr. James Dobson very interesting. In brief, these are the 12 physical differences he mentions:
1. In the United States, women normally outlive men by three or four years.
2. Men have a higher incidence of death from almost every disease except three.
3. Men have a higher rate of basal metabolism than women.
4. The sexes differ in skeletal structure.
5. Women have a larger stomach, kidneys, liver, and appendix, and smaller lungs than men.
6. Women have three very important physiological functions totally absent in men -- menstruation, pregnancy and lactation. Female hormone patterns are more complex and varied.
7. Women’s blood contain more water (20 percent fewer red cells). Since red cells supply oxygen to the body, she tires more easily and is more prone to faint.
8. Men are 50 percent stronger than women in brute strength.
9. Women’s hearts beat more rapidly than those of men.
10. Female lung capacity is about 30 percent less than in males.
11. Women can withstand high temperatures better than men.
12. Men and women differ in every cell of their bodies because they carry a differing chromosomal pattern.
With such explicit distinction between male and female in just the physical sense, it seems safe to assume that those differences carry over into pretty much every other area of life. It would be interesting to know how many books have been written about the differences between men and women! It seems to be a subject we as humans will never quite understand.
There are so many things we could talk about when it comes to the differences in men and women and I don’t plan to go into that too much, it’s a little dangerous! But there is one major difference that, to me, seems very important in untangling this whole question of “What did God have in mind for women, and what are we missing?”