The Curse in Reverse

The holy dawn…

At that moment they heard from behind them a loud noise—a great cracking, deafening noise as if a giant had broken a giant’s plate….

The Stone Table was broken into two pieces by a great crack that ran down it from end to end; and there was no Aslan.

“Who’s done it?” cried Susan. “What does it mean? Is it more magic?”

“Yes!” said a great voice from behind their backs. “It is more magic.”

They looked round. There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.

“Oh, Aslan!” cried both the children, staring up at him, almost as much frightened as they were glad….

“But what does it all mean?” asked Susan when they were somewhat calmer.

“It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.”

– An excerpt from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

 

Is the ‘curse’ intact or broken?

Some people get stuck on the idea of a curse defining the birthing journey. As though, somehow, women are cosmically destined for suffering and hardship in childbirth. 

This line of thinking is based on mythology, not scripture. It has been perpetuated in our culture, but if we take a moment to understand the scriptures and the natural physiological birth process we’ll see another picture emerge.

So, let’s take a look at the curse and how it fits within the wider picture of scripture. 

There was a curse (Genesis 3:16, Galatians 3:13). But it’s been widely misinterpreted… and God along with it.

So what is the ‘curse’? What did it promise? 

Naked and unashamed—it’s how we started (Genesis 2:25). Then the split occurred (Genesis 3) and God said that both the masculine and feminine would ‘toil’ in their endeavours. The feminine in childbirth and the masculine in their work of the land (Genesis 3:16). 

Some people incorrectly interpret these words as ‘a curse’. This is false. God never cursed his beloved—He cursed the ground (Genesis 3:17). He is love and in him is no darkness (1 John 1:5).

Another common misconception is the promise of ‘very severe pain’ in childbirth. Some translations say that women will experience pain in childbirth. Meanwhile, the same translation says men will experience toil in their work. Throw this translation out. Both words (for men and women) are the same in the original Hebrew and both mean ‘toil’. Toil means labour or hard work. 

So there was an equal promise of toil. But what now? 

Now things have gloriously shifted paradigms! Jesus’ way is a life-giving path that says, ‘you were born to live inside the blessing and love of your  Father’. Jesus fulfilled the law (Matthew 5:17) and did away with any promise of toil. Now we’re called to live in a consistent and glorious flow of love, peace, joy, goodness, kindness, patience and self-control (Galatians 5:22). These things effortlessly pour from us, His beloved. 

In place of toil, we’ve been given the capacity for abundance (2 Corinthians 9:8), wholeness and life in abundance (John 3:16).

Scripture says the blessing of the Lord brings wealth without toil for it (Proverbs 10:22, ESV). And the same verse in the NKJV says ‘The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it’. 

Without toil. Adds no sorrow. 

Is that written correctly?

God does not want us to toil! 

It’s His joy to give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4). Painful striving does not get us points. We’re not called to earn motherhood through hardship (Galatians 2:16). We’re embraced into the Divine (1 Corinthians 6:17). We’re accepted, holy and welcome (Galatians 10:10). It’s His joy to enrich us—without us toiling for the enrichment. 

So if the curse is reversed. And babies are called a blessing (Psalm 127:3). And His blessings come without toil. And He adds no sorrow with His blessings (Proverbs 10:22). And we don’t need to earn motherhood through hardship (Galatians 2:16).

Then why not believe for a beautiful birth, without complications, marked by peace and gentle surrender?