The scriptures have a lot to say regarding gender roles and identity.
In both the old testament and the new testament, men and women are equal in relation to God but different in relation to each other.
Genesis 1:26-27 (NIV) Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
創世記 1:26-27 (CNVT) 神說：“我們要照著我們的形象，按著我們的樣式造人；使他們管理海裡的魚、空中的鳥、地上的牲畜，以及全地，和地上所有爬行的生物！” 於是， 神照著自己的形象創造人；就是照著 神的形象創造了他；他所創造的有男有女。
Galatians 3:26-28 (NIV) So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
加拉太書3：26-28 (CNVT) 你們因著信，在基督耶穌裡都作了 神的兒子。 你們所有受洗歸入基督的人，都是披戴基督的， 並不分猶太人或希臘人，作奴僕的或自由人，男的或女的，因為你們在基督耶穌裡都成為一體了。
Before Christ, men and women were equal in their rule over creation and since they were both created in the image of God, they both were designed to reflect God's attributes and character to the world.
Men and women are totally equal in intrinsic value, deserving the same respect as God's image bearers.
God gave the man the primary responsibility to take care of the garden and the women was created from man as a helper in his role.
Genesis 2:15 (NIV) The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
創世記 2:15 (CNVT) 耶和華 神把那人安置在伊甸園裡，叫他耕種和看守那園子。
Genesis 2:20 (NIV) So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.
創世記 2:20 (CNVT) 20 那人就給各樣牲畜、空中的雀鳥，和野地的各樣走獸起了名字；只是那人沒有遇見一個和他相配的幫手。
This is the greatest distinction between men and women. Men have the primary responsibility and women are helpers.
However, after sin entered the world, a curse came to both the man and the woman.
Genesis 3:16-17 (NIV) To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.
創世記 3:16-17 (CNVT) 耶和華 神對女人說： “我要大大增加你懷胎的痛苦， 你必在痛苦中生產兒女； 你要戀慕你的丈夫， 他卻要管轄你。” 耶和華 神又對亞當說：“因為你聽從了你妻子的話，吃了我吩咐你不可吃的那樹上的果子； 地就必因你的緣故受咒詛； 你必終生勞苦，才能從地裡得吃的。
The woman's curse brought painful labor during childbirth and an unhealthy dependence on their husbands.
The man's curse negatively affected the ground and brought painful toil to his work.
In order to compensate for the curse, some women claim independence from men and believe they can do all things on their own, which Paul addressed in one of his letters:
1 Timothy 2:12 (NIV) I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.
提摩太前書 2:12 (CNVT) 我不准女人教導，或轄制男人；女人總要安靜。
The men compensated for the curse by being slothful, as described in proverbs. Paul does not allow those kind of men to become overseers:
1 Timothy 3:4 (NIV) He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.
提摩太前書 3:4 (CNVT) 好好管理自己的家，使兒女凡事敬重順服。
Let's review with Paul's teaching to the Corinthians and the noble wife in proverbs.
1 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV) But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
哥林多前書11:3 (CNVT) 但是我願意你們知道，基督是男人的頭，男人是女人的頭（“男人是女人的頭”或譯：“丈夫是妻子的頭”）， 神是基督的頭。
Proverbs 31:15-17 (NIV) She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
箴言 31:15-17 (CNVT) 天還未亮，她就起來， 把食物分給家人， 把當作的工分派眾婢女。 她選擇了一塊田，就把它買下來， 用自己雙手賺得的收入栽種葡萄園。 她以能力束腰， 使自己的膀臂有力。
It is clear that the man has a higher authority than the woman as Christ has a higher authority than the man.
The woman is a strong helper, earning profit, buying property and providing for her family.
What a beautiful picture of the man loving his wife and the wife submitting to her husband.
Ephesians 5:22 (NIV) Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord...
以弗所書 5:22 (CNVT) 你們作妻子的，要順服自己的丈夫，好像順服主一樣...
Ephesians 5:25 (NIV) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her...
以弗所書 5:25 (CNVT) 你們作丈夫的，要愛妻子，好像基督愛教會，為教會捨己...
As a team, they work together for the good of their family and can bless the entire community!
How can we find this blessed life?
Only in Christ.
Galatians 3:13 (NIV) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”
加拉太書 3:13 (CNVT) 基督替我們受了咒詛，就救贖我們脫離了律法的咒詛，因為經上記著：“凡掛在木頭上的，都是受咒詛的。”
Since Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, we don't have to bear the effects of the curse anymore.
For women, that means painless childbirth and a desire for God above her husband.
For men, that means no more painful toil in his work and a fruitful harvest.
How can we receive these benefits?
The same say we receive any benefits from God – through faith!
If you can't believe anyone could avoid these curses, then trust me, you will continue to live with these curses, but if you can trust God above your own reasoning, then the promises of God are yours to take hold of!
Matthew 19:26 (NIV) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
馬太福音 19:26 (CNVT) 耶穌看著他們說：“在人這是不能的，在 神卻凡事都能。”