Was Eve a pre-thought or afterthought?

19 Mar

From the Genesis account, one would have thought that Eve was an afterthought, that Adam was so perfect he could do everything, including reproduce, all by himself, that some of his physiological functions had to be moved to Eve, to justify her existence in some way, could I be wrong?

With due respect, could it be that Eve was an afterthought, that Adam was created whole. However part of the original design was that the female in Adam was going to be taken out and formed into a separate physical entity, yet Adam and Eve were meant to operate as one, being the closest embodiment on earth of the Divine Trinity!

You may want to disagree, because the assertion in the last paragraphs may be nothing but a conjecture, the creation account in Genesis explains this, God decided to create Eve because Adam could not find companionship among the animals.

This stand is probably based on Genesis chapter 2 verses 20 – 25 where the concept of pre-thought and afterthought comes in. But if you backtrack to Genesis chapter 1 verses 26 – 28, you will see what the original design is, reading Genesis 2 carefully, one will see actually the manifestation of the original design in Genesis 1.

Interestingly and scientifically, man is genetically XY, while woman is XX. So hypothetically, it could be possible by genetic engineering to clone a woman from a man, by taking the X chromosome from a man and duplicating it. However, since the Y chromosome is peculiar to man, it is completely impossible to clone a man from a woman!

The fact remains that God knew beforehand because of omniscience, that He is, but it played out in the natural like an afterthought. The pertinent is why were they looking for a helpmeet for him?

I think, for some reason, God seems to have more confidence in man than man has in himself. For example, when God sent Moses to Egypt to rescue the Jews, God knew that Moses really did not need Aaron, but He also knew that Moses would try to evade the task, due to lack of trust in God’s abilities entrusted in him, so God provided Aaron to help him at the beginning. Note that, with time, Aaron became increasingly unnecessary.

We see this scenario played out throughout scriptures. Elijah, for instance had his ministry cut short, not because God thought it was time to end, but because he became so discouraged and He began to plead with God that he wanted to die. So, God had to provide Elisha to help him out.

Maybe that is what we saw with Adam. He had it in himself to live, work, and reproduce ALONE. But he did not have enough confidence in himself to do it all alone, so God had to bring Eve on the scene, a helpmeet for him.

It is then plausibly tenable that Eve was a pre-thought and not an afterthought!

Taken from a discussion thread with Dr Labi Oguns, Archibong Archie Bamidele Effiong and David Olalekan


Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Personal


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8 responses to “Was Eve a pre-thought or afterthought?

  1. chinedu

    March 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Nice write up. Based on the presentation, I would have had difficulty making a decision as to whether Eve was a pre- or after-thought. But, being a Christian and in the light of the fact that this is a religious question, the scriptures has settled for me. For example, Acts 5:18 says, “Known to God from eternity are all His works.” Eve was in the plan from the beginning>

  2. Folabi Williams

    March 19, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Which the conclusion concurs with… It is then plausibly tenable that Eve was a pre-thought and not an afterthought!

  3. deb

    September 5, 2016 at 1:43 am

    the reality is that the Bible story of creation is made up by the writers of the Hebrew scriptures. These stories were influenced by the peoples, beliefs, customs and cultures of the day and environment of the Hebrew people. The Jews were heavily influenced by the people around them and the Jewish leaders in particular, conjured up these stories in order to control the masses; whom they apparently did not regard very highly. The Bible is filled with the traditions of narrow-minded, spiritually-challenged men.

    • Folabi Williams

      September 5, 2016 at 5:07 am

      But the Jewish leaders didn’t write the Bible, surely you aren’t saying the writers of the bible are agents of the Jewish leaders, please make me understand.

  4. Ajiroghene Ayokunle

    December 2, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Absolutely true! Eve was a pre- thought. God knew he made Adam complete yet needed him to have Eve to complement him- Gen 2:20.

    Adam had named all the animals and taken full dominion as instructed by God, yet God saw he needed a help-meet in Eve.

    All scriptures are inspired by God -2Tim 3:16. Going through the scriptures, you will find the amazing significance of two over one.

    If two of you shall agree…, one will chase a thousand…, etc. Two signifies agreement which is depicted in a godly marriage. Homosexuals do not fulfil this order as the woman who God preordained before time began must balance the equation of man.

    May I also submit that women do not even have to be married before they fulfil this God-given mandate. Aren’t they just so colorful and an indispensable art of beauty to the world?

  5. Taiwo Williams

    December 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Well said, God’s actions can not be explained as wether pre or after thought .
    He designed things and scenarios to please himself, Adam and Eve were part of all those.
    God meant them to be available for fellowship and communion with him .
    Adam would supposedly be lonely because God comes mostly in the evenings, so Eve will keep his company .
    God had blessed both while Eve was in Adam, and given a blessing and a mandate in Gen 1:26-28 .
    The coming of Eve was a manifestation, Adam alone may not be able to possess the Earth and replenish it.
    It wasn’t that Moses didn’t need Aaron , he progressively matured into leadership especially after his many encounters with Pharaoh .
    Elijah didn’t leave abruptly, God may have called him home, because he knew where and when the chariot was coming, God told him.
    The reason for his obvious early departure was that he was growing increasingly worried and fearful for his life, especially threats from Jezebel.
    His early departure gave us an Elisha that was so eminently anointed, but gets angry easily.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  6. olufemi Williams

    December 2, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Good and reasonable biblical exercise. Eve was not an afterthought. Her creation was part of the original purpose of God. God is omniscience.

  7. Adetokunbo Adesanya

    December 4, 2016 at 7:06 am

    The issue of Eve, it was a pre-thought, bcos God has an ALL known knowledge of His Creations. He knows what he wanted. That’s my own answer.


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