EXTREME ANALOGY ALERT!!!
The time has come to really understand the roots of misogyny is Christianity.The best way to do this is to use an extreme example. We all know that Hitler and the Nazi’s hated Jews, would we then consider them a valid source of information for learning about Jews? Certainly the answer is NO!
Fast forward to the early first century, Jesus has just died and the Apostles are out evangelizing. The Apostles all hated women. They considered Eve and all women untrustworthy because Eve caused the fall of mankind. Consider the writings of the “fathers” of the church, Iraneus, Justinian, Origen, Tertullian, Augustine etc – all hated women and considered them unworthy creatures of the flesh who tempted men – First Chakra orientation.
According to Saul, the Jewish Roman soldier turned Christian and renamed Paul (Acts 13), only men are created in the image of God – a literal reading of Genesis 2:21–24. Conveniently, he and all of the subsequent Church Fathers ignore Genesis 5:2; He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created. They also choose to ignore Matthew 19:4; Jesus answered, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female'”.
Let’s turn now to Peter, early christian texts state, “Our brother Peter shunned places where women were present. Even more, when there arose a scandal regarding his daughter, he prayed to the Lord and his daughter became paralyzed on her side so no one could lay with her”. ~ Codex de Berlin, 24 and Acts Peter, version b, 220.
Reblogging, Twenty Vile Quotes Against Women, ValerieTarico.com for more examples.
We find Jesus’ attitude to women in sharp contrast:
We have been accepting the teachings of men who hated women as the primary source for understanding our faith when we should be looking at Christ and his relationship with women especially Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary.
Jesus defy’s both social and religious norms in the story of the Samaritan woman ~ John 4:4-42. Jesus not only speaks with a Samaritan, but a Samaritan who was a woman.
Traditional exegesis focuses on First Chakra energy – the Samaritan woman’s sin of multiple partners, and it ignores her role as the first person to whom Jesus clearly revealed himself as Messiah. Jesus revealed the truth about himself to a woman certainly unworthy of hearing such truths or capable of understanding them. The Jesus of John’s Gospel did not require her to cease being a woman or a Samaritan but saw her as a person in need of the truth of Jesus as Messiah.
And in Matthew 9:20-22 – Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
She was clearly considered ritually unclean and ostracized, Jesus calls her forth and reveals her “faith” has healed her. He didn’t say she was unworthy, he wasn’t horrified that she was unclean and touched him, he said she was healed.
This should make us weep. To understand that Jesus was trying to free women from their oppression, he was trying to save us and centuries of error have kept us in bondage. He truly is our savior, but maybe not in the ways we only think.
Whom should we follow? We are brought back to Jesus’ teaching that the kingdom of heaven is within and that he sent the Holy Spirit to be our guide and teacher.