When God blessed Adam and Eve, He commanded their soul to be fruitful and multiply.
“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth’”. Genesis 1:27-28
The creation of Adam in Genesis 1, we see the Bible showing that Adam is both male and female. But then the verse goes on to say, “male and female He created them”. It first says “him”, then it goes on to say, “them”. What is the Bible striving to show humanity?
Genesis 1 is the spiritual creation of Earth in six days (learn more here). There are some in Judaism that also believe this to be true. In a book called Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture, the book states, “an illuminating example of the difference between the rabbinic and Hellenistic discourse of the body is the interpretation of the two versions of the creation of man in Genesis 1 and 2. Both readings view the first narrative as describing a primal human who was androgynous. Philo, however, sees the first Adam as an entirely spiritual, non-corporeal being, and the human in the second tale as a male, out of whom a female is constructed”. The Apostle Paul of the New Testament also confirms this view when writing about the first and last Adam in 1 Corinthians 15:45 (learn more here).
This correct view of reading and understanding Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 agrees with what is being taught today about the soul. A Peter Lunell devotional on CBN writes, “The more we grasp God’s—the Bible’s—perspective on things, the more we see that our physical lives are temporary and secondary to our spiritual lives, which are eternal. We are eternal spiritual creatures on a short physical journey”. This is what the Bible is trying to teach us; trying to show us what “man” is. But there may be a struggle understanding this correct way of thinking when the verse says, “He created them”. That’s when the confusion comes in and the understanding is thrown out.
There is another faith that can help us understand what the Bible is meaning when it says, “them”. The New Age Religion teaches heavily on the spiritual. They do believe in a supreme being that most call "Source". In this faith, they don’t attribute “Source” to be the God of the Bible, and so some of their beliefs are very different than that of Christianity’s. But some of their teachings on a concept that they call Twin Flames, can help give us an understanding of what the Bible meant when it said, “them”. Sarah Prout writes, “A twin flame is a single soul that was split in two at the beginning of eternity”. Nicole Bowman also says to Bustle, “‘Your Twin Flame is your spiritual twin,’ she says. ‘The concept of Twin Flames exists in many different religions and different schools of thought ... and is essentially your spiritual other half’”. This concept should not be tossed to the side because we don't see the name Twin Flames in the Bible. In the Bible, Twin Flames are actually explained as "your friend who is as your own soul"(Deuteronomy 13:6). Now with having a slight image of this concept and how it is seen in the Bible, we can go back to Genesis 1 to get a better understanding.
When Genesis 1 says, “male and female He created them”, God was telling us He made Adam and Eve spiritually ‘one’. It can be hard to understand at first, but just like in the natural, man and woman are designed to become ‘one flesh’, so it is in the spiritual. In Genesis 1 the soul is ‘one’ because it is male and female. Let’s get a visual of the male and the female in the spiritual.
Ulla Sarmiento explains:
Male energy is directed, focused, goal-oriented, productive, outward-thrusting and positively-charged. It corresponds with linear, left-brained thinking, and with doing.
Female energy is creative, process-oriented, unstructured, inward-drawing and negatively-charged. It corresponds with circular, right-brained thinking, and with being.
Notice how the Male Energy is described as “linear”, showing resemblance to the male genitalia. And in the same likeness, the Female Energy resembles the female genitalia with it being “circular”. Just as in the physical, male and female can become ‘one’ through sexual intercourse, becoming “one flesh”. God also made it that way in the in the spiritual. This is why, it is recorded of Jonathan and David soul becoming ‘one’ (1 Samuel 18:1). Their soul is male and female, it was designed to become ‘one’.
Adam and Eve in Genesis 1 were one soul. This is why Genesis 1:27 says, “them”. Understanding that in this physical life, only a man and a woman, most often times, can reproduce. It is the same in the spiritual. Adam and Eve male and female soul was commanded to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it”. Therefore, Adam and Eve multiplied their soul. The Bible though, recognized the soul as Adam’s because God made him first and man is made in “the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man” (1 Corinthians 11:7). So, Adam multiplied His soul and created the souls of you and me and everyone that will be.
When Adam and Eve became physical in Genesis 2, God took one of Adam’s ribs and formed woman out of Adam’s flesh. Because we realize that we are spiritual beings, God was showing us what He was doing in the spiritual when He took a piece of Adam’s physical body making them ‘one flesh’. God is also showing what He did in the spiritual, giving them the same soul, showing that they are ‘one’ in spirit as well, just like they are one in the flesh. Adam and Eve have the same soul but they still have their own soul. Just like they are ‘one flesh’. Jesus says, “they are no longer two, but one flesh” (Matthew 19:6). Though they are ‘one flesh’, they still have their own body. They are still ‘one flesh’ in the physical, but one is male and the other is female. It is the same in the spiritual. Adam and Eve, being spiritually ‘one’, one of them held the male energy dominantly, and one of them held the female energy dominantly. But we can’t just assume that Adam held more of the male energy just because he had a male physical body. Spiritual energy, or the soul, doesn’t care about physical gender. So, it could be that Adam had more of the female energy than the male energy. Only God knows.
Now remembering Adam multiplied his soul, when we get to Genesis 3, which is Adam and Eve eating the fruit. We can understand why our soul is explained to die if we are in Adam (1 Corinthians 15:22). Because Adam multiplied his soul, when they ate of the fruit it "enlighten" all the souls. Remember, Adam and Eve are spiritually 'one', so it took both of them to eat of the fruit for their eyes to be "opened". And now with understanding how God created our soul. We can understand the Bible when it says, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf"(2 Corinthians 5:21). When Adam and Eve multiplied, they not only made the soul of you and me, but they also made the soul of Christ. This is why, the Bible tells us as God's children we are "fellow heirs with Christ"(Romans 8:17). Jesus didn't come to save our bodies, He came to save our soul. "So also in Christ all will be made alive" (1 Corinthians 15:22).
But not only was our soul destined for death when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit. But also, when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit and became “enlighten”, sin entered the world and therefore separated the male and female soul that Adam and Eve multiplied in Genesis 1. That’s why the Bible used Jonathan and David’s friendship to show what was happening spiritually. Their soul was going back to its original state of Genesis 1 when Adam and Eve multiplied their soul. So, it was the male and the female soul of Jonathan and David coming back into ‘oneness’ as designed by God. Only God can knit our soul to another soul because He is the only one that knows who we were 'one' with in the beginning.
This understanding can be hard to grasp, but when prayerfully studied God can and will help us to understand fully. If we look at our physical world closely and how God designed it; He is subtlety trying to show us how He designed the spiritual.
“My body is getting older and will die. My soul is getting younger, as I grow in faith, and will live forever. Knowing this, how could you and I possibly think more of our bodies than our souls?” (Lundell 2017)