Often you will hear a common excuse as to why people, mainly women … refuse to accept Christ as their Savior. This excuse goes thus, “I cannot accept a book that is sexist against women”. Mmm. Either they never read it, or they missed one of the most unique features of the New Testament, which is that mainly in the Gospels women have such a preeminent role. Not to mention the fact it is the women who come off looking great, and the men who are total idiots. Ten cases in point:
1. According to the Gospel of Luke, Mary was impregnated by the Holy Spirit, (this is called in Greek “Logospermotokis”). That means that God by-passed the entire Patriarchy to send Christ into the world.
2. Since no male sperm entered Mary, it just stands to reason that Jesus’ body, though in the form of a man, was an extension of Mary’s body ONLY; skin, teeth, eyes, etc.
3. The Christmas story is the family turned right side up with the baby on the top, the mother second, and the father last.
4. All of the men betrayed Jesus; his disciples, the Sanhedrin, the Romans etc. But not one woman betrayed him. All remained faithful.
5. When Jesus wanted the Samaritan tribe to know he was the Savior of the world, he did not pick a man, but rather a Samaritan woman who had been married 5 times. That was the woman at the well. She was the first to know and proclaim Him to her people.
6. The women were the first to arrive at the empty tomb of Christ, and then were “sent out” to tell his cowardly male disciples who were hiding out, that He was raised from the dead. The words “sent out” means Apostle in the original Greek, making it crystal clear that it was the women that were the first Apostles. To understand how radical this was in Ancient times, one must understand that a woman’s testimony was not permissible in any court. The New Testament sought to correct that injustice. Is it any wonder that Nietzsche in such male macho contempt said that Christianity was a “womanly religion”?
7. Jesus used female imagery a lot to describe God: a woman seeking a lost coin (lost soul), a mother seeking to gather her chicks, etc.
8. The suffix “man” in Hebrew is gender neutral. For example, fisherman.
9. Paul wrote to the Galatians stating, “There is no male nor female in Christ”. Sounds radical today, just think how much more radical it sounded back then.
10. One of the reasons that Jesus was against divorce was that it left the woman with nothing. No property, no access to her children.
In conclusion: in the light that this all has an accumulative effect, what is one to make of this? One can see how in theological circles this is called “a reversal of expectations” as in regards to the Messianic vision. Nobody saw anything like this coming. The New Testament levels the playing field. It sets up an egalitarian society. Something so badly needed for the human race. Now one can choose to not believe in the Christ story and the text at face value. But one can no longer level the charge that the New Testament is a sexist book against women. That excuse just won’t work anymore. Oh well, there goes another rejection excuse down the drain.
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guiley2 on Feb 17, 2008
From the Gospel of John, Jesus talks to a woman who comes to draw water from a well, and tells her everything she has ever done. Perhaps we all need to rethink our lives and change our point of view.
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