June 28, 2013

Lucifer: A Gender Bending Confuser

Since I'm on a role with controversial articles I suppose I should just keep going at this point :). This started as a Facebook post but took on a life of its own the more I thought about it. Here it is in completed form.

I always find it interesting (and amusing) when many liberal theological scholars and feminists claim that the Bible had a discriminatory patriarchal system that viewed leadership through a male lens. They say that the Bible is hateful to women and misogynistic. Some even become agitated and offended when God is referred to as a male or specifically a father, the Father or Our Father. From this we have gotten gender neutral bibles like the TNIV and other more ridiculous versions that refer to God in the feminine (when Jesus is clearly male and God). By doing this they are literally changing the word of God into something less than his word therefore apostatizing. I also wonder…those that have these more activist and liberal leanings…do they realize that Satan and demons are always referred to in the male gender also? If they are going to twist the genders and water-down God’s word until it’s not His word anymore, if they wish to view things through a gender neutral or feminine lens, I propose they  should also then make all the demons feminine and Satan female also. It is the logical recourse if people are going to squawk about the misogynist nature of God’s Word. If they are going to twist the word, they should at least follow their own twisted and unbiblical logic and see it through to its illogical end.

I personally believe this isn't even really about gender. It is just another outright attack on the validity and authority of Scripture by painting the entire Bible as woman-hating or filled with he-man woman haters. Anyone that actually has read the Bible and understood what they read realizes how absurd this assertion is but rabid feminist and culturally correct liberal Bible "scholars" will not be dissuaded from their agendas.

The truth is that God is Spirit (John 4:24) but God in His word chose primarily to be identified as masculine but occasionally in a feminine manner also. The female references though are often metaphor or simile (Genesis 1:27, Deuteronomy 32:18, Hosea 11:3-4,  Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34, etc).  When he came as an incarnate human being, he came as the man Jesus Christ (John 1:14). Jesus was fully human and fully divine (Matthew 1:23).

There is little or no validity to the feminist argument except for those that wish to cause divisiveness in the culture by saying the God of the Bible is misogynistic (as are His followers). This is done by the system of the world (Satan) to drive people away from true Christianity by painting a twisted picture of it and passing it off as the real thing (straw man argument). If this successfully throws people off and alienates them from God, Satan will be all about gender confusion and gender bending. 

What feminist and liberal theologians seem to totally bypass in their error of de-gendering the God of Scripture is that God does not have man’s attributes, man has God’s.

Genesis 1:27 ~ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Man was created in God’s image not vice-verca. In so doing there is more than sexually determinant factors going on here folks. God chose to be identified as masculine because something about it applied more to his character than being female did. In addition, when we approach God from man’s point of view, we are always going to get a warped view or perception of things. We must always look from the top-down in these situations. We cannot come to Scripture evaluating God from an anthropocentric view (man’s view), we must first see the theocentric view (God’s view) as that is the way things were originally intended. We must never forget that we come to the Scriptures with a fallen and depraved mind (some more depraved than others).

What’s more is that the closer one reads Genesis 1:27, the more it becomes brutally evident that the true image bearing nature of humanity is best exemplified when man AND woman are joined together in a manner reminiscent of the Trinity itself…in marriage. It is here we see the best exemplification and communal nature of the Godhead. We have equality in the Trinity and also distinction within the Trinity. One being,  that is three Persons. In a marriage a man and a woman are to cleave or be joined and become one flesh, yet two distinct personalities-different yet the same. If one examines even close we will see that in the Trinity there are different equal personalities but they perform different roles. Jesus was willingly functionally subordinate to the Father. Nowhere is this more obvious than on the Cross. According to the Bible a human marriage requires that the man take the lead role while the woman become functionally subordinate but at the same time equal as if one flesh. The men in a marriage are further exhorted to…

Ephesians 5:25-33 “…love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”

The relationship “flow” is top down. God to humans: God created man and then subsequently created woman as man’s helper. People are dependent on God not God on humans. As such we, woman and man owe Him our allegiance and our obedience because in Christ we have our existence (Heb 1). When humans sin, we do so against God foremost. We are created in two sexes and both bear the divine image to do the will and the work of God in the world. To do His will we do it together, not one or the other...both. Without this union the work is somehow incomplete. Somehow,  some way it is through this union of men and women that we as human best emulate the image that is God. It is a multiplicity of personality joined together in unity and action.

So you see people…it’s all interconnect. The Trinity: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus becomes man to save humanity or overturn the sin of one man (Adam). Man and Woman come to Jesus in Salvation and acceptance of the fact that Jesus came as man and died for sin and was resurrected. The Son gives all those that were chosen before the foundations of the world to the Father because none could be plucked from His hand. All of this brings glory to God. This isn't about separating things out and categorizing and compartmentalizing....its about unifying, fellowship and community. You can bet that if there is a group out there trying to divide out another sub-category from the Bible...it is not of the Spirit of God.

To try to separate out the persons male and female when both are created in the image of God is foolishness. This is no different than trying to separate out the persons of the Trinity. It is obvious that the human is more than just the sum of their physical parts. When we get too hung up on the sexuality and physical aspects in theological matters we have totally missed the point. The point and premise of a theological book like the Bible is first and foremost about God, not us. It is the Holy Bible and people are not holy without God. It is just not possible for man to be holy without God since holiness finds it origins solely in God. Except where God has given Himself his own gender distinctions in His own word, we should not attempt to change or manipulate that. By doing so we make the holy book not holy but riddled with sin due to man's anthropocentric viewpoint which is sinful and tainted by sin since the Fall of Man. The more gender bending people insist on putting into new revisionist versions of their "Bibles", the more confusion will be spread as will unholiness. Frankly, I believe we have enough confusion and unholiness when it comes to sexuality and genders, I prefer not to make it worse by aiding and abetting unbiblical practices to suit someone's ungodly agendas or identity crisis.

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