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Does a woman have more ribs than a man?

Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

QUESTION:
Does a woman have more ribs than a man?

ANSWER: No. Both men and women have exactly the same number of ribs which is 24 – twelve on each side. The first twenty are located on the front of the body, while the other 4 are located on the back (floating ribs), according to Matthew Hoffman, MD, Internist, Emory University.

The popular myth that a woman has more ribs than a man is probably founded on a wrong interpretation of Genesis 2:21-23:

“So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,for she was taken out of man.”

Many have erroneously assumed that since one rib was taken out of Adam to form Eve, then a woman has more ribs than a man. But this theory falls apart very quickly when you study the original Hebrew in which the Old Testament Bible was written. The English word “rib” is the transliterated Hebrew word tsela. It means “side” – not an actual rib.

In other words, when God performed a miraculous surgery on Adam in order to create Eve, He took Adam’s entire side to do so – not just one rib. Afterwards, God also apparently re-created an entire new side for Adam to replace the void that was left and closed it up again in its place.

You may ask, “Why didn’t God just create Eve on her own without the need for Adam’s side?” I really don’t know. You will have to ask God that question yourself. My guess is that He wanted to emphasize the physical and spiritual significance of a man and woman becoming “one flesh” when they are married as stated in verse 24:

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

God in the beginning ordained marriage and the family unit as the first and foremost institution on earth. When a man and a woman are united in marriage they are no longer two people, but one. One in mind, spirit, body and purpose. In my opinion, I can’t see a better way to symbolically convey this important message than having Eve created out of Adam’s own flesh and bones.

–         Luis Josephus

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Living Together & Sexual Sin

Living Together & Sexual Sin

After reading this message, many will likely find the biblical model for marriage (between a man and a woman) is quite different to what they previously thought. Although modern society tells us it’s alright for a couple to “try out” their partner before getting married by “living together” for a time, or to sleep around with many different people before settling down, or to divorce and end a marriage quickly if it’s not working out, the truth according to God’s Word is quite different.

As matter of fact, the above modern examples are sinful in the eyes of God. These popular practices today are labeled in the Bible as fornication and adultery – sexual sins that should be avoided at all costs.

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” – Hebrews 13:4

Have you already committed such sins? You must repent before God and ask for His forgiveness. Furthermore, if you are presently living with a sexual partner that you are not married to, you will need to separate yourself from them temporarily until you are both willing to consummate your marriage in a holy manner before God.

I know of one young man, in particular, who was living with a girl. They had a year-old baby together when he got saved. He began attending church, got water baptized, and began to study the Bible. But it seemed that every time he picked up his Bible, the word “fornication” would jump out at him from its pages. He finally decided to consult a dictionary to find out what the word meant. He was shocked to find out that it was defined as follows:

“Sexual intercourse between partners who are not married to each other.”

This young man immediately realized that God was speaking to him. He was convicting him that he was committing a sinful act with his girlfriend by “living together” and having sexual relations together without properly being married. He asked God’s forgiveness and promised to make things right. They confessed their dilemma with their church pastor and he agreed to marry them as soon as possible.

If you are not sure whether you want to marry your current partner and make a permanent marriage commitment to them, then you really have no business sleeping with that person. If that is the case, then make things right before God and have the courage to break-off this sinful relationship. Then, wait for God to bring you the right person that you can be happy with for the rest of your life.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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