Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Answering The Call, But Only If You Are A Man

What is it about our society that has yet to accept facts even when they are obvious and undeniable?

I was listening to a BBC report that talked about a rift in the Anglican Church over the ordination of women into ministerial positions. Due to the decentralized nature of that church, it's happening in some places already, but the old school hierarchy seems to think that, since Jesus only chose male disciples that this meant that only men could minister to the flock and they are reluctant to change that view.

I do not want to get into a disparaging argument over ones choice of worship, but I would like to put forth a couple of statements that might help the traditionalists understand why women in the ministry might not be such a bad idea after all. First and foremost, some scholars have uncovered evidence that Jesus did have female disciples. There is a school of thought that says that Mary Magdalene was one of His favored followers. The reason that we don't know this is because society at the time was very patriarchal and giving a woman that kind of status would have undermined the total male domination of society at the time. So Mary's portion of the gospels was written to play up her outcast status, rather than showing her as an apostle of Christ.

If that evidence is true, then women should have been involved in the higher workings of the burgeoning Christian Church from the very beginning and ordaining female ministers, which some sects have been doing for some time now, is long overdue.

Why is it so hard to understand that a woman can impart spiritual teachings just as effectively as a man? As the thrust of the blog asserts, we are all searching for the Great Spirit, the Universe, God, Allah, Jehovah or whatever other names are placed upon the universal presence that we all seek.

When my own conscious expansion began, it was the author of The Secret, Rhonda Byrne that sent me along my way to discover the power of the Law of Attraction. The person that turned me on to the power of the present moment was Oprah Winfrey when she made her big web production of Eckhart Tolle's teachings. I consider myself a better person for listening to these women. Maybe it's time for another traditional religious organizations to do the same?

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