Q: I Timothy 2:15 seems to have an underlying meaning that, as part of the curse resulting from Eve, a woman can't be saved unless she has children (I pray that I am wrong, because I have not married and have no children).

A: Many people assume that the word “saved” always refers to spiritual salvation. But that is not the only Jewish usage of the word. Besides spiritual salvation, it can also refer to physical salvation from death; it can also refer to other types of salvation, such as being saved from a bad conscience. In the context of I Timothy 2:15, Paul is talking about the subordinate role of women in the church resulting from the woman's initiation of the fall. Though it would appear to be a demeaning position, it is, in fact, merely a subordinate role which, in and of itself, is no more demeaning than any other subordinate standing — whether it be in relation to our employer, civil leader, etc. However, because it may appear to be a demeaning or lesser position, Paul points out that a woman is actually saved from such degradation by her ability to bear children. And his point is that human existence itself is based upon the woman's ability to conceive and give birth, thus nullifying any negative connotation that might be construed or implied by subordination. Furthermore, Paul cannot be teaching that a woman is saved spiritually by giving birth, because that would render salvation by works rather than grace through faith.