Mamma mia

I woke up the other day with a rather original thought. Christ yelled out loud in Aramaic on the cross
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I woke up the other day with a rather original thought.

Christ yelled out loud in Aramaic on the cross soon before dying: Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? This is usually translated: My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

But what if what he actually said should translate: My Divine Mother, my Divine Mother, why hast thou forsaken meI was so excited about this proposition, that I wanted to share it with Robyn, my wife. But alas she has no interest in Christ. Yes, but she is interested in feminism. And if my discovery is valid, then it shows that for Christ, God was not just Father, but God also included Mother. And Christ then was so close to Her that in his dying moments he missed most of all her Life force withdrawing from him. But Christian doctrine makes no mention of divine mother and places mother to a lower status than Father, ‘The God’. Maybe if I shared this briefly with Robyn, she would stay interested. So I went into the lounge room and said to her.

‘I discovered something that I find really interesting. Can I share it with you briefly?’

Robyn was reading a book and looked up from it without words, but she put her book down, as if saying: ‘Well, if you must.’

Encouraged, I began and put to her my Christ-Mother thesis. Then I continued: ‘I wonder why men rejected women as equals even to the point that by the time the Judo-Christian religion arose, God was seen as exclusively male; not a trace of Mother.’

Well, I managed to hear from Robyn now for the first time, as she went ahead to volunteer an answer.      ‘Because it is convenient for men to treat women as second class citizens. Just to use them, starting with mother to nurture them, to do the domestic work, to take care of the children, to cook for them and for sex, while they do their own thing.’

‘But’, I continued, further encouraged and agreeing with her: ‘Surely, it would have promoted goodwill and intimacy if men treated women as equals. There seems to have been a time when this was so, in the Golden Age of humanity.’

I noticed Robyn’s eyelids started to droop, as she was clutching her open but presently unread book, nevertheless I persevered. ‘What’s interesting to me is how a tradition changes. It seems to be important for us humans to come up with an ideology or new theology to justify a new order.’

Robyn’s eyelids were drooping even further, however, I was just warming up. The last thing Robyn cares about is theology which, however, fascinates me. And I just ‘had to share’ with her my discovery; how misogyny gained a theological basis in the classical Persian myth when the male God killed the female Goddess, chopped up her womb to bits and appointed himself the single Creator, the only God.

By now, to my increasing chagrin, Robyn was close to being asleep. Here I was sharing these pearls of wisdom with her and she did not even bother to say: ‘aha’ or ‘I see’. I might as well had talked to the wall. I got annoyed and told her: ‘Listen, if you are not interested, why don’t you say so, rather than letting me talk without the slightest response from you?’

Actually, I did get plenty of non-verbal responses from her, if I only cared to acknowledge them. The problem was not her withdrawal, but my lack of considering that she was not interested in theology and in my persisting with the topic.

So I learnt that there was another reason for women’s subjugation: men using them as a sounding board. And here was the irony of my position. I despise misogyny and ‘believe’ in complete equality for women. But it is one thing to believe in something and another is to practice the belief. My male egocentrism is so deeply ingrained that my convictions, reached in my older age, are often sabotaged by the power of my life long misogynistic habits.

Oh, Divine Mother, do not forsake me!

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  1. Pamela  

    Galatians 3:28 There is neither … male and female, for you are ALL ONE in Christ Jesus.
    Ephesians 5:28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
    1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honour to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
    Proverbs 31:10-31
    Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
    God The Father has male and female qualities – and put those qualities into men and women at creation. Male and female are equal in value in God’s sight, however women generally are physically weaker. Generally men and women have been given different roles in life – which complement each other.
    The big problem is that women want MORE than their share and many tend to put down men who treat them equally, but NOT specially!

    • Andris Heks  

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments Pamela. I will try to address them in CAPITAL LETTERS. Pamela 9 Jul: Galatians 3:28 There is neither … male and female, for you are ALL ONE in Christ Jesus. YES, IN THIS CLAIM. HOWEVER, PAUL AND EVEN CHRIST KEEP TALKING ABOUT SONS OF MAN NOT SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF MAN. PAUL WILL CONDONE WOMEN SITTING AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH, NOT QUALIFYING TO MINISTER, THEY HAVE TO KEEP QUIET AND ASK THEIR HUSBANDS AT HOME IF THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND SOMETHING. PAUL KEEPS ASSERTING THE SUPERIORITY OF MEN: 1 COR. 11:8-9 ‘FOR THE MAN IS NOT OF THE WOMAN BUT THE WOMAN OF THE MAN. NEITHER WAS THE MAN CREATED FOR WOMAN; BUT THE WOMAN FOR MAN.’
      Ephesians 5:28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. REPLY: 1 COR. 7:1 IT IS GOOD FOR A MAN NOT TO TOUCH A WOMAN.
      1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honour to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
      Proverbs 31:10-31 THE WEAKER VESSEL OVERALL??
      Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. EXCEPT THAT ELOHIM (GOD) IS IN PLURAL HERE, ALLOWING FOR BOTH THE MALE AND FEMALE ASPECTS OF GOD. THEREFORE GOD DOES NOT CREATE HUMANITY IN HIS IMAGE AS SUCH, BUT IN BOTH ASPECTS OF GOD’S IMAGE, WHICH ARE MALE AND FEMALE.
      God The Father has male and female qualities – and put those qualities into men and women at creation. Male and female are equal in value in God’s sight, however women generally are physically weaker. Generally men and women have been given different roles in life – which complement each other. IT IS NOT ‘GOD THE FATHER WHO HAVE MALE AND FEMALE QUALITIES.’ IT IS GOD THE UNION OF MOTHER AND FATHER WHO HAS BOTH QUALITIES. SOME ARE COMPLEMENTARY SOME ARE OPPRESSIVE. The big problem is that women want MORE than their share and many tend to put down men who treat them equally, but NOT specially!
      WOMEN DO NOT GET THEIR FAIR SHARE IN GENERAL: THEY ARE UNDERPAID AND OVERWORKED ETC. ETC. AND THEY ARE ENTITLED TO EXPECT EQUALITY .

  2. R green  

    What absolute theological drivel you have written. If your faith is not strong enough to believe The facts as written in the Bible, either find a saving knowledge of the Christ of the bible and leave all that mariological idolatry behind or stop writing about things you don’t understand.

    • Thank you for commenting. An alternative view is that if my faith is strong enough I do not buy into a reductionist, patriarchal distortion of the conception of God and Christ but see them both uniting Mother and Father rather than halving God and Christ to a male divinity only.
      The Bible was written by humans. Is it a factual God’s word when Moses says in the Deutonomy that if you have an alcoholic, disobedient child, you should take him to the elders and have him stoned to death? These are not God’s words. These are the words of Moses adhering to the kind of Sharia law thinking of his patriarchal age. Part of the cult of ignorance of an uncritical examination of the Bible- which I find full of gold as well as fool’s gold- is to label anything that is not in line with a rusted-in evangelical, fundamentalist misinterpretation of the Bible, as based on idolatry. This is to protect the patriarchal, authoritarian, reductionist misinterpretation of the spirit of God as a Whole and of Christ.

    • Thank you for commenting. An alternative view is that if my faith is strong enough I do not buy into a reductionist, patriarchal distortion of the conception of God and Christ but see them both uniting Mother and Father rather than halving God and Christ to a male divinity only.
      The Bible was written by humans. Is it a factual God’s word when Moses says in the Deutonomy that if you have an alcoholic, disobedient child, you should take him to the elders and have him stoned to death? These are not God’s words. These are the words of Moses adhering to the kind of Sharia law thinking of his patriarchal age. Part of the cult of ignorance of an uncritical examination of the Bible- which I find full of gold as well as fool’s gold- is to label anything that is not in line with a rusted-in evangelical, fundamentalist misinterpretation of the Bible, as based on idolatry. This is to protect the patriarchal, authoritarian, reductionist misinterpretation of the spirit of God as a Whole and of Christ.

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