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Biblical Feminism Part 1

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I am a follower of Jesus. Some may refer to me as a Christian, I prefer Jesus-follower although I do not shy away from the implications that come with being called a Christian. As a follower of Jesus I have dedicated the entirety of my life to knowing him, serving him, loving like him, being loved by him and seeing the beauty of his Gospel.

This is not an attempt to “convert.” This is what I have personally come to believe and my hope is to clearly illustrate my my perspective on feminism. I am not seeking to shove Christianity in anyone’s face. Rather, express what I hold dear to my heart.

This is what I believe.

God fashioned the universe and all that it contains with a breath. He is the source of all things and all things are predicated on his nature showing forth. He created humans as bearers of his image. That is, they were created uniquely to demonstrate the characteristics of a personal God. He created male and female differently but of equal value. His intent for them was living in perfect harmony with creation which inevitably would produce the purest of joys. This joy would be the natural result of humans living in their ultimate purpose; to euphorically worship in the divine presence of a loving and sufficient God. Man and woman, together, freely turned from their loving creator. Disobeying him, they created a divide between God and man, commonly referred to as sin. As God is supremely perfect, sin cannot enter his presence. Thus, God, in his infinite wisdom, provided a sacrifice that would atone for the sin of humanity. Jesus, the son of God, was born from the virgin Mary and did what no man before him could do. He lived a perfect life, he was crucified, buried and conquered death by resurrecting from the grave. He is working through his Spirit and through his church to redeem humanity back into perfect union with God, that we may live in pure joy, loving those around us in all sincerity and truth.

So that’s my life. I am unwavering in my commitment to Jesus and all that he teaches in the infallible scripture known as the Bible. Thus, my feminist views are subject to his authority.So how does the Bible view feminism?

The answer to this question will undoubtedly take more than one blog post. This post simply serves as a foundation for future endeavors into this question. Here, I will cover the very beginning of creation and an integral aspect of God’s nature, the trinity, that will illuminate our understanding of the purpose of male and female in future posts.

God created everything. He created the sun, moon, stars, flowers, trees, water and animals. All these things were good. But none of them were capable of fulfilling the responsibility of bearing God’s image. In Genesis 1:26, it says, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.” Notice God’s use of “us.” God refers to himself plurally because God is triune. That is, God is one God but three persons. This is a whole separate theological discussion but it is essential in understanding God’s purpose for man and woman. (this is about to get confusing) As a part of God’s nature, it is imperative that he be morally perfect. Moral perfection is characterized by perfect relationship. Essentially, in order for morality to exist, there has to be something against which you can test your morality. Thus, God, in his perfection, relates perfectly to three persons in himself. We could go deeper into this theology but really for our purposes, all you need to know is that God is a God of relationship. He perfectly relates to himself in his triune nature. He is a community within himself.

God’s purpose in creating male and female was to lovingly demonstrate his own nature and create beings capable of living in joy with him. Thus, God’s triune nature is revealed in his creation of humanity. FInd out why and how the Trinity relates to understanding the awesome differences between man and woman next week!!

 

2 Responses to “Biblical Feminism Part 1”

  1. ProChoicePrincess

    This reminds me of a Bible as Lit class I took here at JMU. It is a feminist tradition/act to re-write portions of the Bible (like writing a poem from a POV not explicit in the Biblical story). We referred to it as midrash in the class.
    I think your act of connecting feminist thinking to your belief is doing something similarly important by adding to what we think of when we hear “religion” or “Christianity.”

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