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by Dr. John Thomas
The negatives, or females, of all other species of animals, were formed out of the ground; and not out of the sides of their positive mates: so that the lion could not say of the lioness, "This is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh; therefore shall a lion leave his sire and dam, and cleave unto the same lioness for ever".
The inferior creatures are under no such law as this; as primaries, indeed, the earth is their common mother, and the Lord, the "God of all their spirits".
They have no second selves; the sexes in the beginning were from the ground direct; the female was not of the male, though the male is by her: therefore, there is no natural basis for a social, or domestic, law to them.
But in the formation of a companion for the first man, the Lord Elohim created her upon a different principle.
She was to be a dependent creature; and a sympathy was to be established between them, by which they should be attached inseparably.
It would not have been fit, therefore, to have given her an independent origin from the dust of the ground.
Had this been the case, there would have been about the same kind of attachment between men and women as subsists among the creatures below then.
The woman's companionship was designed to be intellectually and morally sympathetic with "the image and glory of God," whom she was to revere as her superior.
The sympathy of the mutually independent earthborns of the field, is purely sensual; and in proportion as generations of mankind lose their intellectual and moral likeness to the Elohim, and fall under the dominion of sensuality; so the sympathy between men and women evaporates into mere animalism.
But, I say, such a degenerate result as this was not the end of her formation.
She was not simply to be "the mother of all living"; but to reflect the glory of man as he reflected the glory of God.
To give being to such a creature, it was necessary she should be formed out of man.
This necessity is found in the law which pervades the flesh.
If the feeblest member of the body suffer, all the other members suffer with it; that is, pain even in the little finger will produce distress throughout the system.
Bone sympathizes with bone, and flesh with flesh, in all pleasurable, healthful, and painful feelings.
Hence, to separate a portion of Adam's living substance, and from it to build a woman, would be to transfer to her the sympathies of Adam's nature; and though by her organization able to maintain an independent existence, she would never lose from her nature a sympathy with his, in all its intellectual, moral, and physical manifestations.
According to this natural law, then, the Lord Elohim made woman in the likeness of the man, out of his substance.
He might have formed her from his body before he became a living soul; but this would have defeated the law of sympathy; for in inanimate matter there is no mental sympathy.
She must, therefore, be formed from the living bone and flesh of the man.
To do this was to inflict pain; for to cut out a portion of flesh would have created the same sensations in Adam as in any of his posterity.
To avoid such an infliction, "the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept".
While thus unconscious of what was doing, and perfectly insensible to all corporeal impressions, the Lord "took out one of his ribs, and then dosed up the flesh in its place".
This was a delicate operation; and consisted in separating the rib from the breast bone and spine.