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“[O]ur ancestors found it reasonable to assume that the divine power behind creation was female. Monica Sjoo and Barbra Mor have said it very succinctly: ‘God was female for at least the first 200,000 years of human life on earth’. For Witches, God is still female. The Old Religion, with its strong matrifocal[?] perspective, was a religion of ecstasy” (Laurie Cabot, The Power of The Witch, pgs 23-24. The implication is that Wicca is 200,000 years old!)
WHEN WOMEN RULED THE WORLD
Sounds like the title of a bad science fiction movie. (Actually, I think it was, wasn't it???) Indeed, it is science fiction...but many feminists and Neopagans accept it as science fact.
So the story goes...in Stone Age times the world was ruled by matriarchies. Women ruled and did the things we would generally think of men doing. They hunted and fished while the men were apparently stay at home dads. The goddess was worshiped, and god was basically unknown, or played a very small part in religion. Times were amazingly peaceful and there were no wars. Then evil man took over, got rid of the matriarchies, forced people to worship gods, and the world has been screwed up ever since.
Of the many Pagan temples of the past, there was not one dedicated to a being simply known as "The Goddess". Scholars acknowledge that the Pagans of old were genuine polytheists...i.e., they worshiped many gods and goddesses, believing each one was a distinct entity. They did not believe in the "all gods are but one god and all goddesses are but one goddess" idea of Wicca and most Neopagan religions. This idea is a modern idea meant to simplify things, and was unknown to Pagans of ancient times. Each god was in charge of his or own specialty. For instance, Diana (Artemis to the Greeks) was a goddess of hunting and childbirth. Venus (Aphrodite to the Greeks) was the goddess of love, sewers, and V.D. The Pagans didn’t see Venus and Diana as simply "The Goddess". In the 2nd Century A.D. there was an attempt to unite all goddesses as simply "Isis" by Roman writer Apuleius, but his success was very limited and short lived. The idea of a universal goddess was made popular in part by Robert Graves’ book The White Goddess. Like the current DaVinci Code controversy, the White Goddess is fiction that many people rely on as fact.
Part of the problem in trying to have a rational discussion with Neopagans about their religion is that they believe in a romanticized history of ancient Paganism that isn't based in reality. For one thing, they believe the ancient past was dominated by matriarchies (societies ruled by women), sort of like the Amazon women's society in Greek mythology, or in the Wonder Woman comic books. These European "gynocentric" societies were egalitarian, peaceful, with little or no social conflict, and the reason for this was because of the sexist belief that a society run by women would be somehow better than a society run by men. There was no gender discrimination or sexual inequality. This myth has become so accepted as fact that at the U.N. Fourth Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 there was featured a full-size "reconstruction" of an "ancient matriarchal village," guarded by a giant pair of female breasts, one above the other. It must have looked like a village designed by Larry Flint!
Some of this stems in part from discoveries like those at Catal Hyuk, Turkey In 1958, near the small town of Konya, archeologists discovered a Neolithic settlement about 9,000-year-old agricultural settlement that may have had up to 10,000 people at it's height. Based on scant evidence, such as a figurines of a woman flanked by leopards, the wishful archeologists flew to the conclusion that a Utopian matriarchy had ruled there. No fortifications were found at the ruins of Catal Hyuk, which archeologists misinterpreted to mean the society must have been peace loving. The remains of the houses appeared to be nearly all the same size. This implied in the mind of feminists and witch-ful thinkers that surely, a Matriarchal egalitarian society of non-violent, proto-Marxist goddess worshipers must have lived there. The place became a sort of holy place to Neopagans and feminists, who actually make "pilgrimages" there each year!
In reality, modern archeologists are concluding exactly what kind of religion was practiced at Catal Hyuk. It may have been polytheistic, animistic, or even monotheistic. Ronald Hutton concludes concerning the religion of Catal Hyuk: "Despite this wealth of information, we have no entry into the system of thought and worship which is represented. And if we cannot find one at Catal Hyuk, where the images are so abundant, what hope do we have elsewhere in the Neolithic?" (Stations of the Sun, by Ronald Hutton, Pg 42).
Like all ideas of a human made Utopia, from Atlantis to El Dorado, this one too seems to have never existed. "Despite what believers in prehistoric matriarchy proclaim, women never ruled the Earth." According to Cynthia Eller, archeologist and author of the book, The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory. She goes on to state in her book that no serious archaeologist today thinks that these prehistoric cultures were ever matriarchal. This is because new evidence found at Catal Hyuk, and reinterpretation of old findings shatters the myth of the matriarch never-never land. For one thing, the figurine found of the nude leopard women have been determined to be children's toys of some sort...not goddess idols or symbols of Turkish Amazons. One of these was found in a grain bin...not the place you’d expect to find a sacred object of worship. Strange worm looking figurines once thought to be little goddess statues are now thought to be a sort of "voodoo doll", meant to be used in spell casting of sort, possibly used in spells for child birth. The fact that these little statues were only found in garbage heaps seems to indicate they were of no lasting value, but thrown away after the spell was cast. The statues were meant to represent a particular person for whom the spell was being placed, not a goddess. After all, would you throw an important religious object in the garbage? Eve modern Wiccans have a similar practice of throwing away or burying the leftover items used in a ritual (such as candle stubs, ashes, etc.).
Catal Hyuk has become a sort of holy city of goddess worshipers. Hundreds of feminists make the trek every year. In the 1950's, there was a strong desire by archeologists with leftist leanings to paint Catal Hyuk as a sort of Stone Age socialist Utopia, where all the houses were the same size and there were no fortifications of any kind. However in the 1990's, Ian Hodder, a Stanford University archaeologist, began re-excavating Catal Hyuk using up-to-date techniques including isotopic analysis of the skeletons found in the graves. He discovered the men had a diet rich in protein while the women ate mostly veggies. This suggests the men were the hunters while the women stayed home and raised the babies. Depictions previously thought to be those of women in the artwork turned out to be those of animals. The famous worm-looking "goddess of Warfendorf" idols are now thought to be merely a disposable charm for childbirth (they are always found in prehistoric garbage dumps, not the place you would place holy objects). Other objects thought to be the representation of "the goddess" are now thought to be merely dolls.
Excavations of similar sites in Turkey, Greece, and Southeastern Europe that were of the same time period as Catal Hyuk yielded remains of fortifications, maces, bones with dagger marks. This means the Stone Age in Europe saw plenty of violence. It was no peaceful Utopia.
The fact that the women were buried in the dirt floors inside the homes at Catal Hyuk with the bodies of men found less often was originally thought to mean men had less value than women. It is now determined to be because men died away from home and women died at home, it wasn’t because men were thought less of than women. Men doing such dangerous things as hunting, fishing, making wars, and even trading resulted in them dying away from home. The diets of the men and women seemed to be inconsistent with "egalitarianism" too (as if a society where men are valued less than women could somehow be considered "egalitarian"). The men seemed to have a diet reach in meat, but the women seemed to have eaten mostly vegetables. This suggests women weren’t treated as superiors, or even equals, and apparently were subservient to the men. This, and much more evidence has led archeologists and anthropologists to conclude the matriarch theory of Catal Hyuk, to be completely inaccurate.
We also have no written record of any kind from these Stone Age cultures to prove their existence. There are no stone tablets, no hieroglyphs of any kind. The earlier cave drawings seem definitely male oriented, depicting animals and hunters. To combat this lack of evidence, feminists have hatched a new theory, namely that reading and writing is a "guy thing". Dr. Leonard Shlain suggests exactly this in The Alphabet vs. The Goddess. According to Shlain, when logical "left-brained" patriarchs invented writing, it doomed the intuitive, "right-brained" goddess cultures. Give me a break! Using this same logic, you could prove Smurfs once rules the earth in Stone Age times, and the lack of writing only further proves it. The goddess myth is hard to eradicate because scholars are reluctant to speak out against goddess disinformation, for fear of being branded "anti-feminist." or worse. So far, just a handful of books and articles to counter the universal goddess/stone age matriarchy have been written.
But even when confronted with revised opinions by scientists that Catal Hyuk, was not a matriarchy, or even woman oriented, Wiccans like for instance Llewellyn author and Wiccan activist "Starhawk" say, "I believe that there was an Old Religion that focused on the female, and that the culture was roughly egalitarian." So in other words, "Don't confuse me with facts, just tell me what I want to hear so I can continue in my witch fantasy". This is the problem we face when telling the real story of Wicca...people are not quick to give up their cherished fantasies. I suppose if you go around saying you’re a witch and calling yourself "Starhawk", reality isn’t your big thing, anyway. People would rather have ridiculous names like "Druid Starfire Owlhead" and so forth, and think they wield mystical powers than face reality. If they want to do that, fine, but they shouldn’t accuse Christians of killing 9,000,000 members of their religion when it didn’t happen that way!
Another thing to consider when reviewing the ancient universal matriarch myth is that even if a cult of goddess worshipers did exist...so what? Wiccans insist that religions with goddesses are indicators of a religion where a sole goddess was worshiped, but this theory offers no proof. You could just as easily say these same religions that worship gods harken back to a day a single god was worshiped. The Shinto religion even has a goddess as it’s primary deity, but Japan has never been a matriarchal society at any time! Even today, it’s ruled by a male emperor as it has been for thousands of years. It wasn’t even until Japan was briefly ruled by a Christian named General Douglas MacArthur that women finally got the right to vote in Japan in 1945!
Even though this "universal white goddess worship" never happened in ancient times, Christianity, unlike Paganism, was a universal fellowship. The word "catholic" after all means "universal". The various Pagan religions, on the other hand, were characterized by geographic location, cultural, and ethnic background (not unlike the Wiccan and Neopagan "traditions"). Even though these Pagan religions spread, they never had the spirit of universalism the Christianity was able to bring. People in Rome for instance, might have worshiped Mithra, a Persian god, but there was never a feeling of kinship between the Persian Roman Mithra worshipers. This is probably because no other religion taught the radical idea of equality. Even today the various Wiccan "traditions" (if something not even a generation old can be called a "tradition") are divided along ethnic and geographic lines like Celtic, Welsh, Saxon, Scottish, Itallian, Egyptian, etc.
Hinduism and Women
Certainly the world's oldest Pagan religion, Hinduism, would be the most tolerant of women right? Many "wymyn" reject "xtianity" because they feel comfortable only in a religion with a goddess. But does simply having a goddess make a religion more inviting to women? What about Hinduism? Many Wiccans and Neopagans like to have statues of Hindu deities on their altars. Some Wiccans even try to 9unsuccessfully) find a common link between Wicca and Hinduism. But is Hinduism really a religion for women?
Not according to Indian feminist and author Genocide of Women in Hinduism Sita Agarwal (who is not a Christian, by the way). Hinduism is responsible for more deaths of women than Nazism and Communism combined. "No other religion...slaughters one-tenth of all women each generation except Hinduism. Indeed, Brahmanism is nothing but the legitimized genocide of women.... The Brahmin mass murder of 50 million female children in the 20th century has thus been TEN TIMES more severe than the Jewish Holocaust . And the killing continues." She also says, "Although this may sound like some Christian or Muslim propaganda, it is not. I have backed up my research with quotations from Vedic and Vaishnava scriptures, and have shown that these religions, and nothing else, are the main culprits behind the most anti-woman system the world has ever seen. Far from being `enlightened' and `progressive', Brahmanism is in fact the very fountain of the evils of sati, female infanticide, devadasism and dowry."
Even though Hindus worship hundreds of goddesses, women are looked down upon in Hindu culture, and always have been. This has not changed for thousands of years. "Aryan women were severely punished with amputation of ears and noses for even minor offenses, often by their own husbands. The Brahmanic secular court and religious literature is full of such instances ", says Sita
Along with genocide of women, Hinduism has also encouraged child molestation of young girls, murder of women by men without punishment...and even worse. I won't describe here how Hindu men sometimes dispose of the bodies of the wives they murder.
YOU CAN READ THE BOOK GENOCIDE OF WOMEN IN HINDUISM By Sita Agarwal (who is a feminist and atheist) HERE AVAILABLE AS A FREE DOWNLOAD.
Feminist Urban Legends
Feminists need to re-examine many of the things they believe to be true. Feminists often make that claim that the "rule of thumb" used to mean that it was legal to beat your wife with a rod, so long as that rod were no thicker than the husband's thumb. However, Christina Hoff Sommers documents how the link between the phrase "rule of thumb" and wifebeating is a feminist-inspired myth of recent vintage.
In her book "Who Stole Feminism" (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1994, p. 203) Sommers writes: ...The 'rule of thumb' story is an example of revisionist history that feminists happily fell into believing. It reinforces their perspective on society, and they tell it as a way of winning converts to their angry creed...
According to Canadian folklorist Philip Hiscock, "The real explanation of 'rule of thumb' is that it derives from wood workers... who knew their trade so well they rarely or never fell back on the use of such things as rulers. instead, they would measure things by, for example, the length of their thumbs." Hiscock adds that the phrase came into metaphorical use by the late seventeenth century. Hiscock could not track the source of the idea that the term derives from a principle governing wife beating, but he believes it is an example of 'modern folklore' and compares it to other 'back-formed explanations.' such as the claim asparagus comes from 'sparrow-grass' or that 'ring around the rosy' is about the plague. "
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How Women's Rights Were Furthered Under Christianity and Languished Under Paganism
Far from being a utopia for universal goddess worship, ancient Pagan societies usually treated women no better than chattel. In Greco-Roman culture, if a woman was raped, she was expected to kill herself from brining shame to her family. Yes, you read that right. Women were rarely given an education and seldom ventured out of their homes after they were married. Christianity was really the first great women's liberation. Christians taught that husbands should be kind to their wives. The practice of killing a woman when her husband died, known as "widow burning" was practiced in many ancient Indo-European Pagan cultures. Christians banned this barbaric practice in countries (including Rome) where it took root. By contrast, in Pagan India, the practice continued until 1000 A.D. and beyond.
Rome, supposedly the most advanced of the ancient Pagan nations, was far from non-violent. The heathen Romans were fascinated by the gladiator games, and they were much more cruel than in the Russel Crowe movie. The Pagans of "pre-xtian" Rome feasted their eyes and ears on the sights and sounds of murder. The Coluseum, which stands today as a testament to the barbarism that was Pagan Rome, was the place of the execution of not only men but thousands of women as well.
The Greek Pagan phiolosopher Aristotle (384 - 322 BC) too considered women ‘defective’ human beings. He said women were ‘infertile males’. “The female, since she is deficient in natural heat, is unable to ‘cook’ her menstrual fluid to the point of refinement, at which it would become semen (i.e. ‘seed’). Therefore her only contribution to the embryo is its matter and a ‘field’ in which it can grow”. Her inability to produce semen is her deficiency.
He stated the reason why the man dominates in society is his superior intelligence. Only the man is a full human being. “The relationship between the male and the female is by nature such that the male is higher, the female lower, that the male rules and the female is ruled.”
During Pagan Roman rule, women did not enjoy equal status and rights along with women. Roman law attributed to women very low status. According to Roman family law, the husband was the absolute lord and master.
The wife was the property of her husband and completely subjected to his disposition. He could punish her in any way he liked.
As far as family property is concerned the wife herself did not own anything. Everything she or her children inherited belonged to her husband, including also the dowry which she brought with her to her marriage.
In Pagan Roman under civil law, women's rights were very limited. The reasons given in Roman law for restraining women’s rights are variously described as ‘the weakness of her sex’ or ‘the stupidity of her sex’. The context makes clear that the problem did not lie in women’s physical weakness, but in what was perceived as her lack of sound judgment and her inability to think logically.
Women could not hold any public offices.Women could not act in their own person in court cases, making contracts, acting as witnesses, and so on.Women were grouped with minors, slaves, convicted criminals and persons who were dumb and mute; that is, with people whose judgment could not be trusted.
Keep in mind, these were the same Pagans who worshiped godess idols like Diana and Hertha. When "wymyn" try to look to the Pagan past for a feminist utopia, they are really looking into imagintion, for such a place never existed.
According to author Peter Berresford Ellis to mark the gand opening of this death factory in circa 80 A.D., a total of 9,000 animals were killed in fights with men and women. The number of men and women slaughtered that day is not known, but no doubt it was in the thousands as well. In the early days of the Pagan Roman Empire 300 prisoners had to fight to the death, and 1200 women and men were killed by wild animals in a single day at the Circus Maximus. As a special feature during this Pagan event, 20 girls were forced to have sex with wild animals. It took the death of a Christian monk to finally put an end to the gladiator games, when he was killed trying to stop such a "game". The idea of ancients Pagans being enlightened, peace-loving and somehow more tolerant of women is ridiculous!
In many Pagan cultures, women could not inherit property, and when their husbands or male relatives died they were left destitute. This changed under Christianty, and women could finally inherit property. Women who had unwantd babies had no choice but to abandon them to starve to death and die from exposure. Christianity changed all that, stopping these practices and creating the first orphanages.
Rather than being objects for the pyre (which still goes on Pagan India, even today), widows were treated kinder in the Christian era, and were given alms rather than allowed to starve to death on the street or become prostitutes. Early Christian writers make clear that widows as a group held a place of considerable honor and dignity. Often they are listed along with the bishop, elders, and deacons (e.g., Origen, Hom. in Luc. 17), and Tertullian calls them an "order" and says that widows were assigned a place of honor within the assembled congregation (On Modesty 13.4).
If women chose not to marry, they too could persue the scholarly life of the monastary. The tradition of learned monastic women continued into the medieval period. Lioba (eighth century), sister of St. Boniface, "had been trained from infancy in the rudiments of grammar and the study of the other liberal arts." "So great was her zeal for reading that she discontinued it only for prayer or for the refreshment of her body with food or sleep: the Scriptures were never out of her hands." "She read with attention all the books of the Old and New Testaments and learned by heart all the commandments of God. To these she added by way of completion the writings of the Church Fathers, the decrees of the Councils and the whole of ecclesiastical lawPrinces and bishops, we are told, "often discussed spiritual matters and ecclesiastical discipline with her"."(Life of St. Lioba, in The Anglo-Saxon Missionaries in Germany, ed. C. H. Talbot (London: Sheed and Ward, 1954, 1981), p. 215.)
In Goddess We Trust?
"Goddess spirituality", a staple of the Neoapagn movement, is fast becoming popular among New Agers and feminist. Wiccans and Neopagans in general believe that there was a sort of world-wide ancient goddess religion in Stone Age times. All of the cultures of the earth believed that the earth was their mother, and was a "Triple Goddess" of "mother, maiden, and crone", according to this view. In reality, this is not the case, but these ideas have found their way into mainstream society.
Not every culture in ancient times viewed the earth as feminine. The ancient Egyptians for instance, believed that the earth was a god, not a goddess. The idea of the "triple goddess" originated in the 1945 book The White Goddess by Robert Graves, and does not have a basis in fact. At the begriming of the 20th century, some folklorists, anthropologists, and others hatched an idea that all neolithic people honored this "Universal Mother Goddess", They furthered contended that this "Earth Mother" was the giver of life and the central figure in all Neolithic (i.e., caveman) religion. After this, any feminine (or of an undetermined gender) figurine, carving, doll, painting, or statue found was immediately dubbed an example of this universal caveman goddess. Andrew Fleming, in his 1969 article in World Archeology entitled The Myth of the Mother Goddess, points out the simple fact that there is no supporting proof for the assumptions that spirals or dots represented eyes, that eyes, faces and genderless figures represented women, or that female figures represented goddesses. Figures of women could easily have been dolls, or have been used in sympathetic magic by women who feared death in childbirth. A large neolithic settlement in Turkey called Catalhoyuk has yielded an abundance of apparently religious images, but even so it's impossible to tell whether its culture viewed women as powerful, to be feared and honored, or as threatening, to be feared and subordinated. Commenting on the so-called "Venus" figurines found throughout Europe, Ronald Hutton writes:
"Egypt considered the earth to be male, earliest unequivocal evidence of mother Goddess in late Sumerian texts, no clear evidence in Crete before c. 2000 BC. In Egypt holding breasts was a female sign of grief, so can not be considered as "obviously" significant of maternity or fertility. Female figures could have been dolls (mostly female because they were made mostly for girl children) or for sympathetic magic (especially obstetrical). (Stations of The Sun, by Ronald Hutton pp. 37-38 ) In an article in World Archeology in 1969 concerning the universal goddess theory, Archeologist Andrew Flemming pointed out the simple fact that there was no way to prove that genderless figures were female or that female figures were representations of this universal goddess.
Even studying present-day primitive agricultural and hunter-gatherer peoples is no help, for some are animists, monotheists, polytheists, or a combination of these. Again, while it's entirely possible that some, even many, prehistoric people revered an all-powerful Mother Goddess, the evidence does not support the worship of a goddess being universal throughout stone-age Europe.
Neopaganism, and have managed to take the craziest of theories and outright falsehoods and turn them into truth. In 1967 writer Elizabeth Gould Davis produced the book, The First Sex. A book that’s blatantly sexist, it claims that women evolved first before men (which would be scientifically impossible by anyone’s definition), and then men were actually "mutants" from bad genes. One wonders how human women were able to reproduce without human men...a medical impossibility! The book states by the time men had come along, women had already created everything worthwhile. When God Was A Woman was published in 1976 by art historian Merlin Stone, and was equally as unscientific. Stone’s book claims many ancient societies, including Egypt, were matriarchal utopias. Stone invented the idea that the ancient Hebrew priests must have been Indo-Europeans and not Semites. Her basis for this is the fact Hebrews were patriarchal. The reality is, Egyptians were patriarchal as well, and both Egyptians and Jews are Semites. Stone found it "ironic" that Nazis would end up exterminating Jews, since she claims both were Aryans! Equally unscientific is her attempt to link Hitler’s racist ideas to the ancient Hittites... because of the similarities of the names! As unscholarly as these two books are, they are often used in college campus "Women Studies". Your tax dollars at work.
What Was The Oracle of Delphi?
Modern day scholars have concluded the so-called Oracle of Delphi was the result of neon gas rising up through a fissure in the ground. The Oracles would inhale the gas until they hallucinated, and thus gave their "predicitions". Sometimes the oracles inhaled too much gas and died. So their was no mystic powers behind the oracle...it was the equivalent to "huffing"! The accuacy of these predicitions isn't known, because most of the people who consulted the Oracles came from different cities or even different countries, and weren't heard from again. No doubt it was about as accurate as asking a junking tripping on the street to predict the future (in other words, it didn't work). The Oracles reign of error finally ended when an earthquake hit delphi shortly after the Christian era and the fissure was sealed.
“In the time of the matriarchies, the craft of wimmin [sic] was common knowledge...the remnants of that knowledge are what we call ‘witchcraft’ today”. (Z.Budapest, The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries, pg 11 The matriarchy theory, which has since been proven wrong, is part of Wiccan lore - - inaccurate data paired with a hoax ! )
A Matter of Semantics
Wymyn leave behind the God of the Judeao-Christian religion, claiming even though He may be considered a loving and merciful Heavenly Father to Jews and Christians, there are times he was angry and vengeful. So they ditch Him for the goddess. The goddess is kind and loving...well, OK she has a darkside too, namely Hecate, Kali, and Lilith, among others, but all that can be overlooked.
Or can it? How is it that God slaying the Egyptian army the Israelites as they fled accros the Red Sea (because the Egyptians wanted to kill them!) is unthinkably cruel, but Athena covered up to her waist in the blood of her enemies somehow doesn't even matter???
It really boils down to a matter of Semantics. To goddess worshipping wymyn, a loving father God can't be trusted because He's a man, a loving mother goddess can be trusted, because she's a woman. This is theological sexism.
Yes, the real reason some Women can't deal with worshipping the Judeo-Christian God is really because of their own sexism. Here's an example I read written by a Dianaic Wiccan online:
"I started to look around for a way to give praise for living which did not involved [sic] what was to me then utter, reactionary poison: a male diety. Sorry: can't do Christianity. Whups, not Buddhism either. Hinduism? ay yi yi, no. Do you see? Any male power source simply dragged me back into my despised Lamia [sexual predator]-like existance, and I was determined not to go there any more. Give me a Goddess. Let me find a Goddess to follow." (SOURCE:http://www.iit.edu/~phillips/personal/philos/dianic.html)"
When reading about her life of sexual abuse by her own brothers and father, and her emotional problems that resulted, it isn't hard to feel sorry for her. It's sad that these women are so scarred emotionally that they feel they can only find comfort in a self-made world devoid of any positive male figures at all.
What wymyn who follow this path fail to realize is that their own deep seated issues with men and anything masuline is really a symptom of trauma, and giving into it isn't the way to get better. Goddess worship enables a man-hater to simply keep hating, and tells her it's perfectly normal to hate men, and that she's right, they're all evil. It's about like teling alcholics they should drink all the booze they want, and anyone who says otherwise is just a tea todoler who can't stand to see them happy. Or it's like telling a paranoid person the CIA really is out to get them, and they should wear tin foil hats to keep their minds from being read. As in the case above, she isn't to blame at all for being a sexual predator, a masculine deity is making her that way.
But guess what? GOD ISN'T A MAN!
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The Bible even says so: Num 23:19 "God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man (i.e, a human being), that He should repent..."
Yes, the sriptures do refer to God as a "He" and "Him", that's because it sounds nicer than "It". To put it bluntly, God would have no use for a set of reprpoductive organs. God is neither male of female. God is a is a complicated being, far too complex for us to try to define. Imagine trying to explain to your sea-monkeys what you're like, and you get the idea.
Women Can Find Strength In The Christian Religion!
The idea you can't be a woman and love God is just plain wrong. There are many, many women who have found comfort in God and become stronger for it. Dorie Van Stone was a sexually abused orphan in a loveless childhood who found out about Jesus when she was 14, and credits her faith in God with giving her joy when all she had known before was hate. Corrie Ten Boom found strength in Christ to hide a dozen Jews in her home during the Holocaust. That strength saw her through her days at Dachau. Joan of Arc lead the army of France because God told her too, when she was just 15 years old. Susan B. Anthony was raised a Quaker, and believed Jesus wanted men and women to be treated equally. There are hundreds of women who found God and found themselves too.
Ministries by Women for Women !Many of the first converts to Christianty were women. Early churches often met in the houses of wealthy women during the Lion Times. This is because women could see that under Christianity they would have more rights and more freedom. If Christians have failed in anything, it is that we haven't liberated people fast enough. If you want to make the world a better place, I invite you to put away your superstitions and join us.
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed one."
- - St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (one of those "xtians")
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Help for Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) Rape Abuse and Incest
For Survivors of Incest
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