What Is A Woman?

I know I haven’t done a blog post for several weeks now. I felt like I needed to take a break. And before my break, we were going over Bible characters in depth and were going through Exodus, but I felt lead to pause that until further notice. There are a lot of issues going on in my country right now, as well as the entire world. Issues that I feel led to write about and speak out on. More of us need to speak out and stand up for what’s right—to stand for the truth.

Recently, a YouTuber I watch named Matt Walsh went on Dr. Phil and debated with trans-activists. For the better part of the interview (based on the clips I have seen) it was three trans-activists against Matt alone and he brought up some excellent points, things that the trans-people couldn’t refute. They had the entire audience skewed to support the leftist agenda, so I admire his courage for being able to get up there and stand up for what’s right all alone. The support so far is encouraging and gives me faith in humanity again—people who are happy that Matt stood up there and did what he did. But there is also outrage on the left side on social media platforms like Twitter, people who are angry at Dr. Phil for even letting Matt speak. They demand tolerance and, yet, they don’t even want our side of the debate to have a voice.

But I’m not here to debate that. One point that Matt brought up was when he asked the trans-activists, “What is a woman?” The trans-people’s response was that they don’t identity as women, and therefore cannot answer the question. They responded that the answer is different for each individual and that it’s an umbrella term—meaning the term woman means different things to each person who identifies as a woman.

I want to answer that question today. And as a woman, I have as good insight as any other woman to answer this question.

When first thinking about questions like that (what is a man, what is a woman, etc.) it can be difficult to come up with an answer. It’s like asking what is love or any other concept that we don’t think about on a daily basis. But when you start thinking about the term—and what womanhood really means to every born woman on this planet, then the term starts to become clearer.

Do we define a woman by her reproductive organs? That’s certainly a part of it, but there are women who have to get those removed due to health problems. Trans-people use that as an excuse to say that you can’t define a woman that way, because then that discounts every woman with health issues who have had their reproductive organs removed. But I, and many other women I’ve seen commenting online, mutually agree that only REAL woman can go through that problem—can know and understand the heartache when one has to have their breasts removed due to cancer, or their reproductive organs due to cancer or other health issues. Or women who desperately want a child and can’t or have difficulties doing it, like PCOS.

Only real women will ever know what that feels like. We’re the only ones who CAN go through it and understand the emotional trauma that comes from it.

So, then, do we define womanhood by strictly motherhood? Or being a wife? I would say not exactly, since there are plenty of amazing women out there who are single or without kids. Getting married and having a family certainly is a big part of being a woman, but it doesn’t define womanhood.

How should we answer the question, what is a woman?

As with any large question in life—who are we, what were we created for, how were we created, what is our purpose in life, what is love, what is emotion—we have a source we can go to for answers for anything we struggle with. That source is the Bible—God’s Word and His gift to mankind, a love letter to us from Him, to be a guide and a help in our lives.

Now, the Bible has different verses that state what a wife should be, but nothing that directly states what a woman is. First, let’s look to Genesis, to the moment we as humankind was created.

Genesis chapter 1, verse 26 says, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps over the earth.”

The word man here isn’t strictly just about men, but referring to humankind as a whole. Women, just like men, were created in the image and likeness of God. You can take this many different ways, but we were created in the likeness of God himself. Not as apes, not as an organism, but as God Himself.

But let’s look at the exact moment that woman was created.

Genesis chapter 2, verses 21 through 25 tells the story:

“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

Women were created from a man’s ribs. The husband’s were called to leave their family and be joined to their wife, to become one flesh. But why were we created?

Genesis chapter 2, verse 18 says, “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.’”

We were created to be a helper to him. Adam looked, but there wasn’t a helper fit for him among all the creatures God made. Which was why God made Adam a helper for him.

Now, this isn’t anything against people who stay single. Even Paul chose to live the life of a celibate and instead focused on his relationship with God. There is great honor in that—and Paul actually said it was better to be single than to be married. But whether you’re single or married, a woman is meant to be a helper. A lot of feminists may hate me for this, which I am all for women’s rights, but there is something special and holy about the thought that we were created to be companions. After all, humans in general were created to be companions with God—to have real, genuine, loving relationships with God. That’s why Jesus died and rose again for us, because He loves us so much.

Women are meant to be men’s helpers. All too often, that’s scene as inferior, like a servant, but the opposite is true. When we study the Bible, we have to dive into the original Hebrew and Greek it was written in it. Since this is the Old Testament, we’ll look to the Hebrew word for helper from these verses.

It’s ezer, which means a help or helper. It’s used over 66 times in Scripture to describe God, and often times speaks of his strength, power, his protection, help, and being a rescuer.

Women are called to be helpers—companions to men and the people in our lives. Jesus came to earth and submitted to the will of the Father and became like a servant to save the world from sin. He called us all to share the Gospel and to obey the Father and serve God like He did. He called us to love one another and to be an example and a light in the darkness.

So, we are all God to show God’s light to the world, to serve and obey God, to have a relationship with Him, and to serve and love those around us. We were created by God, for God, and purchased with Jesus’ blood. We belong to God and are part of Him, like the branches of a vine. In John chapter 15:5 says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

What is a woman?

Women are humans born biologically female, made to be companions to men, made to serve and obey God, to share His light with the world, to love like Jesus did, to have the fruits of the Spirit and, ultimately, in “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

We are who God says we are because He created us.

“We are who God says we are because He created us.”

Joanna White

I'm a Christian author with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Entertainment. I love God and my family and am passionate about writing Christian Fantasy. I'm a total nerd; I love Star Wars and video games and many other TV Shows.

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