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Тhe greatest defects of the Christian religion March 1, 2010


One of the greatest defects of the Christian religion, whether Protestant, Orthodox or Catholic, is that it has no concept of God as Mother. The Holy Trinity in Christian tradition consists of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The Father and the Son are both masculine by definition and even the Holy Spirit, though it appears as a dove or as tongues of fire, is usually referred to as “he.” This is surely very strange, since the Supreme Being is by nature neither masculine nor feminine, and there is no reason why it should be represented as masculine rather than feminine.” ~The One Light – Bede Griffiths‘ Principal Writings

 

7 Responses to “Тhe greatest defects of the Christian religion”

  1. It’s not a defect, there are explicit theological reasons why it is so (which is as it happens not to say the metaphor has never been used).

  2. Peter Says:

    This means that if we are created according God’s image in our families we should have Father, Son and…Dove !!!
    🙂

    • Not quite. I mean for one the analogy doesn’t work (we are created in God’s image, not “the family is created in God’s image).

      The main thing is that God’s masculinity is found in the sense He is separate from His creation. For a mother the child she bears is, for a very long time, part of the same body in a sense, the mother and child are to a degree the same – of course because even a female human is masculine in aspect and feminine in aspect rather than a pure ideal form platonic “feminine” a child is not completely the same as the mother in who’s womb it exists. Likewise human males not being a pure platonic masculine are not completely separate bodily from their offspring (the spermatozoa at least is part of the male body). But God being masculine in a pure platonic sense is separate to creation, completely and utterly.

      Or to put it more concisely, in a traditional schema masculinity is equatable to transcendence (and God’s transcendence is absolute – despite his imminence). Fatherly creation is the creation of something separate, motherly creation is the creation of something united. (In both cases, to self). A maternal deity is more pantheistic, the world or nature as goddess. Whereas paternal (creator) deity is manifest as entirely Other to creation (although one should properly say creation is entirely other to God).

      • Peter Says:

        GOD is almighty, to claim that family is not part of God’s Creation is not serious.
        In all religion we have Divine Mother. Only in Christianity we have Dove. 😦

        Do you think that GOD Almighty is different for different religions?

  3. I didn’t say that the family is not part of God’s creation. I said the family is not “made in God’s image” in the same sense that “man is made in God’s image”.

    The Holy Spirit is not a dove. The Holy Spirit merely came “in the form of a dove” during the Baptism of Christ. The Holy Spirit is in and of itself without form.

    God is not different from Himself, there is one God, and He is what He is. But different religions obviously say different things about God (and some don’t even mention God, and some have multiple gods). Reality is not determined according to what people say about it – reality is what it is. But of course different religions say different things, then the question becomes, which – if any – is correct?

    • Peter Says:

      That’s why I respect all True Religions, because they are part of us.

      The problem is that Christianity does not have clear structure and confuses God with Father.

      Christians are speaking about Trinity but Jesus says:
      John 10:30 “I and the Father are one”.

      Jesus never said: “I and the Holy Spirit are one” 🙂

      • Avdhut Says:

        Like so many words, the word ‘Religion’ ( Re – Ligure: Re-connect) is usually used out of context. It originated in Greece as a word used to describe the inclination and attitude of a seeker, that of concientioous piety towards the divine, in all it’s forms. Paradoxically, the corruption of the word progressed from there with the worship of images representing the lower nature of humanity in images of ‘God’s.’

        The worship of ‘God’s/Deities’ is a creative mechanism that arose as a consequence of our evolution and subsequent search for the truth about ourselves.

        Socrates, one of the great masters of self-realisation, knew the ‘Gods’ were archetypal representations of divine qualities inherent within all of creation. He was murdered for not worshipping the Greek idols.


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