I'm curious as to the exact interpretation of Genisis 3:16. After going to a marriage conference in our area, several years ago, there was a lot of things being harped on. This scripture was one in particular.
16 To the woman He said, I will greatly multiply your grief and your suffering in pregnancy and the pangs of childbearing; with spasms of distress you will bring forth children. Yet your desire and craving will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.
It was explained to me, this way. A woman, when not under the guide of a Godly directed husband, would begin to desire, or try to usurp her husbands authority, to the point of actually wrestling away for control in the relationship, and so comes the desire and craving for the husbands power, not so much the husband himself, but what his position in the marriage represents. Thus, the reason for so much contention and strife among couples, the age old struggle between good & evil, man & woman.
Because we as persons normally without accurate knowledge regarding scripture and not knowing our proper place within the marriage arrangement, we then fall victim to this age old biblical principle, as we wrestle within our relations with each other.
So the B portion of this scripture gives the indication of not what may seem apparent at first. The husband ruling over his wife in not a way of befitting any good leadership, but in a domineering, dictatorial fashion. A Czarist type rulership with little or no love being displayed.
I was taken aback by this concept, as I'd never heard of such a thing, but it really begin to to hit a few nerves after listening to the way they explained it.
What if anything has been taught in the Kingdom Hall regarding this scripture? Has anyone else been given this scripture as a reason for so many problems in relationships?