posted on Aug, 20 2006 @ 05:48 AM
Originally posted by Sun Matrix
Originally posted by queenannie38
The patriarchs didn't want to 'keep the woman down,' but christianity sure has had a fiery agenda toward twisting the idea and role of women from
what it was originally meant to be.
Can you expound on this. How so??????????????
Most pre-Christian religions (considered druidic or pagan by the Christians) revolved around a Goddess rather than a god. These religions were more
focussed on life, nature and the earth.
Christianity then came along with its patriarchal system and and male god and created a more aggressive form of religion.
Eventually, these violent and aggressive worshippers declared the older religions (those who worshipped the Goddess) to be heretical and Satanic and
hunted them down.
There is also the difference between earlier religions being polytheistic (many deities) and Christianity being monotheistic (one deity).
As far as God's gender goes, upon the founding of Christianity he was male. And, fitting in with the aggressive patriarchal religion, throughout the
Crusades he was male.
Only now, when Christianity is well grounded enough to last and no longer needs to fight to establish itself, is God's gender being questioned.
In summary, what I'm trying to say is that God's gender is whatever we need it to be. If we were still fighting religious wars we would need a
strong figurehead, a stereotypical hero to fight for. This would be a male God.
As it stands, we aren't fighting, and Christianity is now extremely well established hence the sudden turning towards caring for the world (missions,
helping poor countries etc) and the sudden question of whether God is female.
Because God is a social construct s/he is whatever we need him/her to be.