Because Christianity is bigger than Biblical manhood or Biblical womanhood (Blog of Retha Faurie)

True or not 1a

Is the content of the flowery prose true, or not?

Have you ever heard religious people saying things designed to get other believers to agree, but which has no substance? Here is one of those examples. It is full of Christianese like being created by God and giving in to God’s design, but never gives evidence that what it advocates for is actually God’s design:

A real woman is a woman who recognizes that she has been exquisitely and perfectly created by a loving God for a unique purpose. Out of genuine gratitude, awe, and a desire to please her Maker, a real woman joyfully embraces her femininity and submits every aspect of her identity – the attitudes and affections of her heart and mind, her appearance, her manners, her speech, her ambitions, and her beliefs – to God’s original and unique design for her as a woman. A real woman understands that God designed femininity because masculinity was not enough in itself to represent God’s image and glory. The differences between men and women glorify God, and downplaying these differences downplays God’s glory. A real woman wants to bring glory to God by being a woman.”

This is one of those deceptive paragraphs where someone with a pre-decided notion surrounds his notion with religious-sounding language. A similar example will be someone who believes God called blondes to other roles than brunettes (an idea not in the Bible) and then saying:

A real blonde recognizes that he has been exquisitely and perfectly created by a loving God for a unique purpose. (Unique does not mean the same as other blondes/ other women. Yet this kind of message calls all blondes or all women to the same “role”.) Out of genuine gratitude, awe, and a desire to please his Maker, a real blonde joyfully embraces his hair colour and submits every aspect of his identity to God’s original and unique design for him as a blonde. (No evidence is given that God’s design for blondes differs from His design for brunettes.) He understands that God designed blondness because dark hair was not enough in itself to represent God’s image and glory. (Does God say that was His motive, or is it their interpretation?) The differences between blondes and brunettes glorify God, (If that meant not dyeing your hair/ not going for gender reassignment surgery, I could follow the argument. But once other things except for hair colour/ genitalia is seen as “being blonde/ being feminine”, then the argument is deceptive.) and downplaying these differences downplays God’s glory. (By the same measure, do you downplay the glory of God if you pretend there are more differences than the ones God intended? If you call some commands from God the job of blondes to keep, do you discourage non-blondes from keeping God’s commands?) A real blonde wants to bring glory to God by being blonde.

People, blonde and brunette and redheaded and grey and bald, are made in God’s image. So are men and women. People, blonde and brunette and redheaded and grey and bald, should be what God called them to be. So should men and women. But the same way the previous paragraph doesn’t actually tell us anything about living for God as a blonde, such flowery prose don’t tell us anything about living for God as a woman.

Also, a real woman is any woman who is real, regardless of lifestyle, attitude or religion. Wonder Woman, Cinderella and the Goddess Artemis are unreal women.

 

True or not 1b

If you sweep away some flowers, you may find this.

 

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Comments on: "On being a real woman, undeceived by flowery prose" (8)

  1. That heading was very clever Retha. Good comparison also. Great job. 🙂

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  2. That heading was very clever Retha. Good comparison also. Great job. 🙂

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  3. I really like this. Thank you!

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  4. I completely agree with your analogy. What complimenatarians are doing is removing spirituality from the context of the body and then move spiritual meaning onto the autonomous thinking soul. While egalitarians either ignuore, deny or try explaining away certain texts that don’t fit with autonomy, complimentarians spiritualize them in order to fit what is essentially an egalitarian relationship.

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  5. Leigh said; “…egalitarians either ignuore, deny or try explaining away certain texts that don’t fit with autonomy,..”

    Leigh, I think you may be uninformed about the width and breadth of egalitarian scholarship. Make a list of the texts you think we ignore, and then type one at a time into a search engine with “egalitarian” to see if you can find any explanation. For example “egalitarian Genesis 3:16”, without the quotation marks.

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  6. Hi Retha.

    I did what you asked and every answer seemed to reflect the same autonomy and liberation that was offered by the snake in the garden

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  7. I also don’t understand this: if egalitarian or complimentarian marriage is the real biblical/Christian ideal then why do they accommodate for sexually immoral relationships like living together, adultery and homosexuality?

    I’m not buying it either way

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    • Leigh, if you make one more unsubstantiated accusation against egalitarianism, you will be blocked from this site. Vague accusations are hardly on topic (a specific one with evidence may be), and telling that our words is the same as what is offered by the snake in the garden questions the motives of egalitarians like me.

      It is thus against the comment guidelines in my sidebar. As for “accommodate for sexually immoral relationships”, there is not a single egalitarian (or, to be fair, complementarian) view on these things. So, whatever view believers have on these things are not “the egalitarian view” or “the complementarian view”. (Egalitarians like me are strongly against sexual immorality and I exemplify sexual restraint.)

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