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God as Abuser: Similarities Between the Christian God and Abusive Spouses

An interesting perspective in this article.

It’s common for Christians to compare the relationship between humanity and God to that between husband and wife. God is the “man” of the house to whom humanity owes obedience, respect, and honor. Usually this relationship is portrayed as one of love, but in far too many ways, God is more like an abusive spouse who only knows how to love through intimidation and violence. A review of classic signs and symptoms of spousal abuse reveals how abusive the “relationship” people have with God is.

Religions like Christianity are abusive insofar as they encourage people to feel inadequate, worthless, dependent, and deserving of harsh punishment. Such religions are abusive insofar as they teach people to accept the existence of a god which, if human, would have long ago been shut away in prison for all his immoral and violent behavior.

Link to Article

I would add that after an episode of abuse, the violent spouse becomes remorseful, guilty, and ashamed (can’t really tie this in with God). Promises are made, and tears are shed. A period of pleasantness follows, until some minor upset occurs to start the pattern again.

September 20, 2010 Posted by | God | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Food For Thought (Bible Morsel #3)

According to God, if a man and woman have sex during the woman’s menstrual cycle they both suffer dire consequences.

(Leviticus 20:18) “If a man lies with a woman in her infirmity and uncovers her nakedness, he has laid bare her flow and she has exposed her blood flow; both of them shall be cut off from among their people.”

Why is such practice deserving of punishment? Does God expect people to abide by this today? If no, why did God’s will change on this issue? How would you support your answer?

Online Bible:

*I’ll be posting Food For Thought once a week. Remember, these are questions that persons of reason have. If you want to share the Christian message of salvation you must be aware of what the Bible says in its entirety. Just memorizing and quoting select verses is not enough. Many nonbelievers are well-versed in the Bible and it’s one of the reasons they are not believers. If you believe that you’re created in the image of God, then there’s no reason you can’t supplement your faith with reason and intellect. Engage the mind that was given to you.

Food For Thought (Bible Morsel #4)

Food For Thought (Bible Morsel #2)

September 8, 2010 Posted by | Food For Thought | , , , , | Leave a comment

Women’s Relationship With Scripture: Reconcilable Differences?

The might of Scripture in the lives of women has been at best ambiguous. It has served as an impetus for living, for desire, and for freedom. Women’s lives have been enriched, nourished, and endowed in communities of interest that assert that within the Bible one comes across not just the inspired wish for mortal living and conduct, but the very presence of God.

Women see their own lives reflected in the accounts of serene, valiant women who receive God’s grace upon them. Women of misfortune long accustomed to feeding their households with a smattering of flour and a little oil (1 Kings 17) receive assurance to go on. For centuries, women have avowed with Paul that “neither death, nor life, … nor anything else in all existence, will be able to sever us from the love of God” (Rom. 8:38-39).

Simultaneously, women reading the Bible have found themselves on foreign even uncongenial ground. Seldom if ever do women in the Bible get to speak for themselves. Instead, they are portrayed from the view of male writers and in the context of religious brotherhood where authority ultimately came to be vested in men and where men’s experience was the standard. Women are therefore missing from the Bible as individuals reckoning their own religious journey.

It is unmistakable that women have always taken on such journeys, but within the Bible itself their legacy is not to be encountered. Rather, women come on the scene as direct and indirect “objects” and not “subject” of the verbs of religious acquaintance and convention. Whether depiction of lives or dictation of conduct, or where women’s lives serve as metaphors of religious truths (such as in Hosea or the book of Revelation), women are frequently one-dimensional personas. Either they are absolutely virtuous, villainously depraved, or disposable possessions.

September 7, 2010 Posted by | Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Women Are The Devil’s Gateway: Misogyny in the Bible and Church

I mentioned on my Facebook Page that my next research project will be about Misogyny in the Bible and Church from a historical and contemporary perspective.

Here’s a sample of what I’m compiling in my research. This quote is from the writings of Tertullian (160 A.D. – 225 A.D.). Theologically, he is considered one of the great Christian fathers, positioning him as founder of Latin Christian doctrine and proponent of much in orthodox Western Church dogmas as a whole.

This is his own writing (referring to women):

“And do you not know that you are (each) an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the devil’s gateway: you are the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God’s image, man. On account of your desert—that is, death—even the Son of God had to die.”

I encourage you to read these sources for yourself. Pastors, ministers, evangelists, and those who refer to themselves as apostles and prophets should be very familiar with Church history. Persons in those positions should be able to converse fluently about the first 500 years of Christianity, Christian Middle Ages (600 – 1500),  Age of Reformation (1500 – 1650), and the last 300 years of the Church.

Misogyny is just one of several black marks on Christianity that need to be readily addressed when trying to bring people to the faith. Being ignorant of the fact is not an excuse when confronted with opposing view points. Calling the “devil” a liar or clinging to “the Bible is inerrant” is viewed as an easy way out and intellectually dishonest.

Update: I’ve compiled over 75 Bible verses (Hebrew Bible / Old Testament  and New Testament) that support my assertion that the Bible is anti-women.

“Ante-Nicene Fathers” is an eight volume collection. “Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers” is a 28 volume collection.

Roberts, A., Donaldson, J., & Coxe, A. C. (1997). The Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. IV : Translations of the writings of the Fathers down to A.D. 325 (14). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems.

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Church History, Women | , , , , , | 16 Comments