MAULING ANCIENT SCRIPTURE
JB here: If God is indeed God, He was/is capable of communicating truth in any formHe so chooses. For reasons best left to Him, He describes Himself using male imagery - not female imagery. Why? we're (or I'm) not sure. But if it's good enough for Him, it's good enough for me! So why do people have the need to re-write ancient Scripture in a form different from the original manuscripts.
Below is the Anchoress' take on a recent attempt to make the Bible more friendly to wymnn.
Judith Christ of Nazareth, The Gospels of the Bible, Corrected to Reflect that Christ Was a Woman, Extracted from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. [emphasis added]
Now, I do understand that God is Spirit, but can we all agree, here and now, that Jesus the Christ was also a historical figure who was a male? I don't care how much you want to argue that God is spirit and therefore without gender, containing elements of male and female, blah, blah, blah, Jesus was still a man. His divinity may have transcended gender, but he was still a man. Get over it.
It is beyond me how a woman can read about the astonishing fact that Mary - independently and of her own choice, in an era not friendly to unwed pregnant women - assented to become the vehicle for the delivery of the Savior, and thus the vehicle for the delivery of mankind, and not feel empowered. (Yes, I did write mankind, don't like that? Go get naked and cry about it, somewhere, in a weeping circle, in the woods!) It is beyond me how a woman can read about Mary Magdalene's courage and not feel empowered by comprehending and recognising the particular genius that is distinctly feminine and which resided within her, and within Mary and Martha, and Priscilla. And Joanne.
But clearly, for some women, it is not enough that their gender is endowed with peculiar genius. They must be like gods, or make god into their own image. And so, yes, this moves beyond celebrating a gender by slamming or minimizing another. With the publication of this gospel, this mania for gender inclusiveness has slipped the bonds of sanity and moved into idolatry: My gender is my god, I will have no gods before it!
[ I say, "Well put." ed]