Hi Rose. I hope all is well with you. I'm doing fine, if you've heard that I'm still recovering from surgery. I'm on pain medications, so at least what I write is from a calm nature. I've never heard of pain medications causing someone to vent out of anger, or frustration. Anyways, I do understand your concerns Rose, and I honestly don't believe you have to feel the way you do.
Originally Posted by Rose
After my in-depth study of the "Male Bias of the Bible" I find that I can no longer have faith in a book which promotes male superiority by a masculine warrior god. Throughout the entire Bible women are treated as the property of men, even though in the New Testament equality is supposedly taught.
There is no way a true creator god would base the order of heaven and earth on male dominance, relegating the female to a secondary position. Once the "blind faith" bubble gets burst, there is no way to ever get it back...the spell has been broken and the truth revealed. Just like a child can never go back to believing in Santa Claus once they find out it was Dad, so it is with faith in the biblical god Yahweh.
Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free....
All the Best,
Is God a male chauvinist? I honestly do not believe that He is. We recognize God in many ways. Is God a male? Not by physical standards, for God is not physical. He is a Spirit that cannot be seen. Although we recognize Him as "He", we should correctly recognize Him as "God" instead of "He/Him". Personal pronouns are used for our own communication, and are not to be taken as fact. Because we say "He" when speaking of God, this does not mean that "God" is a He, and neither does it mean that God is a She. Sexual preference or orientation is not a prerequisite of God's nature, yet God exhibits all aspects of a perfect family; a father who guides us, a mother who feeds us and takes care of us, a Sheppard who guides us into green pastures, or a mother who clothes us. God is the perfect role model of parenthood, and cannot be limited, nor labeled by sexual orientation. That is oftentimes a prejudice from our own misconceptions of God's existence. If I, as a physical man defined by my genitals, argue against a woman that God is a man, then I am doing God an injustice. At the same time, if a woman prejudice against men, argues that God is a woman (as some do today), then that too is an injustice to God.
Does God love man more than woman? No, but too many men would seem to think so. But with every family, there are levels of responsibility. Christ stated that he often times wanted to gather Israel under His wings, as a mother hen does to protect her young. See that? God both man and woman in a single statement? With God, His level of responsibility to us all is both man and woman, father and mother, brother and sister, etc. Yet in all this, He is physically neither. With the physical Man, God depends on him (us men) to think of our wives not only as partners in a marriage, or in a kingdom, but as the protector. Men are stronger than women, and there's no doubt about it. It's the male who has the ability to rape or murder another more than a woman. A woman is very capable of murder herself, though if she relied solely on her physical strength, more than likely, she would lose. Women are more intelligent (yes intelligent) than men, and are well known for their heart felt love, devotion, and responsibility when it comes to raising children. While it is great that women today enter the work force, I believe they do themselves an injustice. A woman's natural gift is motherhood; the highest level of responsibility even above a man. The man's physical strength was provided so that he can provide for the family, while it is the mother who tends to her children when they are bruised, hungry, naked, or sick. While men do this, we tend to be more "mocha" about it, not having the soft tenderness of a loving mother. Most children often cling to their mother ahead of their father, although when it comes to physical protection, nobody is more needed than a little girls daddy.
Lastly, consider the woman's role in the Bible. It was a mother who gave birth to God in the form of Jesus; His Son. Yet they are not dully divided as some tend to think. Some think of God as the Trinity; a doctrine developed by Turtellian of the 3rd century. The early Church never taught Trinity, and I myself do not believe in this man-made doctrine. I believe there is but One God who possesses the qualities of a perfect parent; Father, Mother, and Counselor. YOU, sister Rose, are part of that make-up. You are vital to the survival of mankind (you as in woman). Without women, man would be lonely without tender love and compassion. Although women are sometimes known to be worse than men when it comes to anger and wrath. As the Proverb states, the anger of a woman is worse than the wrath of a man. Just ask my ex-wife. I was with her for 6 years, and boy did she stick it to me for all the wrong I did to her. To this day, I'm still paying for it, and will continue to pay for it until my son is old enough to support himself. She has all the control of our communication, and interaction, and the only thing she wants from me is my financial support. Sure she wants her son to love me, and me to love him, but all within her rules and boundaries. Even so, there's nothing I can do, so I move on. God allowed it to happen, and so who am I to fight it?
But women are very important, just as men are important; both cannot live without the other in this physical world we call earth. But in heaven, all are the same; neither male nor female; they are Angels serving the kingdom of Our Lord and God, who is forever more, blessed.
So, does the Bible boast in men more than women? To the immature and chauvinistic, I suppose that it does. But to the mature, and the right minded, it does not. It was Sarah that God performed His blessing and enabled her to give birth to a child as such an old age. It was Mary that God blessed with the womb of all mankind's salvation. It was Esra who was blessed with all of the wisdom provided to Solomon, that she went back to Egypt (if I got the name right). It was Eve who became the mother of all mankind. If in anything, I am jealous that women could have such an important roll for all of humanity; it is they who carry a baby for 9 months, and although endure hours upon hours of physical torment, they have great tears of joy in seeing the birth of their child. It is a mother who nurses her children, and gets to breast feed them (assuming that's what mothers choose to do these days). Nothing is better than the love and tenderness of a woman. While men have important roles, I believe the women is just as important, and God doesn't choose one over the other. It is on this earth that we are sexually distinguished, but in heaven, there is no distinction; all are the same, and Angels are all the same. A man who loves his wife would not torment her, order her around, or set demands solely to please him or his expectations. A man loves his wife as he would love himself. If he's unwilling to meet his very own demands, then why should he expect this from his wife, or even his children; the same for the wife. A wife should not expect from her husband what she herself would not be willing to provide. Neither are above the other, yet both are vital and important to the continued establishment of humanity. Women believe that they can raise children without men. We've seen this with the shocking increase in divorce rates, often led on by women, since the 1980's. Yet I know that men played a major part in this dysfunctional behavior because of their chauvinistic attitude towards women. Could you imagine a planet with nothing but men? Or even a planet with nothing but women? It would be chaotic!
When we learn to think of God's kingdom apart from sexuality, then will we be set free from the prejudice of sexual preference.
I hope that this post finds you in peace and joy sister Rose. You are my sister, and Richard is my brother, and you both will one day again embrace the love of God; that is my prayer. We all fall from time-to-time, but don't let the Futurists (or Preterists) use this against you. I know what you are feeling; if you've read my testimony and taken it to heart, you will know that I speak the truth.
Last edited by TheForgiven; 08-18-2011 at 03:00 PM.
Israel is more than just a race; it is more than just a nation; it is the people of God, from faith, by faith, and only faith. Those who assemble in the name of Christ Jesus, embrance Israel because they are Israel