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Todd Reeder– “… So how do we know the truth?”
For me, the problem goes away when I rely on the one, undeniable Truth:
It’s all God. The Entirety. If something someone tells me doesn’t serve this essential understanding, then it’s not worth investing in.
If a belief does not anchor my understanding in This, the Eternal Now, what good is it?
anne – Jordan, it could also mean that what God had created ‘male and female created He them’ was being misrepresented individually, instead of as one combined. It didn’t say God made two persons, one male and one female. This to me explains ‘therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate’. I don’t think it was about marriage as we define marriage, but more about one whole complete man. Because we are made in God’s image and likeness and He is both male and female, we would then reflect both qualities in our being.
Soulmentor – Anne. Your closing sentence reflects what I’ve long considered the profound error of anthropomorphizing God, especially as HE, from the predominant male oriented social perspective. The ideas you present were pushed aside with the advent of Christianity and the Abrahamic religions. It has confounded human relations for millenia.
As singularity expresses into multiplicity, the components remain unified in perfect complementarity.
There is no “male” without “female”, no this without that, no day without night.
Nothing anthropomorphic about it.
Projecting genitailia onto God, would of course be anthropomorphic. Anne certainly wasn’t doing that.
As I adapt to our changing times, much of it through the teachings on this blog, I realize that it is complementarity that makes relationship.
The nature of complementarity is Love. This is marriage. This is God.
David S – Hi Keith, …I’m a big fan of the idea of trajectory theology (eg, in the Old Testament it was law to kill disobedient slaves and the New Testament says treat slaves kindly, which points us towards abolition).
As we move towards reconciliation, we get better at honoring humanity. As morality changes over time, so do culturally acceptable practices.
Maybe in the future, it will be morally reprehensible to protect our own privilege. To your point, it has never been ok, but it has always been culturally acceptable. But we went from Jewish hierarchy to early Christian inclusion of Gentiles; why not a totally inclusive culture in the future?
Egoic persona evaporates in the
Bright sun of Christhood.