I’ve been watching and reading Facebook & Twitter timelines as well as the news intensely for quite a few years now and have seen that many also sense that things are vastly changing in our world. I have not studied the Bible or other “religious teachings” in depth, but I believe in God & the universe. I have never been able to determine if God is male or female or both. I’ve always believed that God & the universe are about love, creation and inclusion. As a result, I have never believed that God & the universe are about patriarchy, intolerance and exclusion.
Several people have posted things on these various timelines and newsfeeds concerning higher spirit in the past and I’ve assumed that they’ve been moved by spirit and energy, by love. I have been and to this day, I could not tell you whether spirit is male, female, both, singular or multiple. I only know and feel that it is about love and has little or nothing to do with my gender or gender preference but about my soul’s intentions & perspective, my heart. I also believe that God & the universe grant gifts of creativity and enlightenment to those who are loving, caring and courageous. Some call such gifts karma and the resultant dharma…others call those gifts blessings. I have not met one (1) soul who lives a life sharing intimate love with others of the same gender who is not creative, courageous, inclusive, caring or enlightened. Not one. Not a single one. Never a single one.
Intrinsically connected to and compounding my views on God & the universe and the issue of same sex love is a question I have about the Torah, the Bible and the Koran…or any religious teaching for that matter that allows for or preaches division. How did it come about that these religious teachings regulated the role of at least one half of the population, women, to that of subjugation…to that of counting less… and, thus, having less worth in society?
My own answer is based upon my knowledge of what takes place in “equal opportunity” societies and what you see happening today… women regaining empowerment and reinvigorating the life dynamics of nations. Where women are empowered to be themselves, treated and viewed as equals and determine their own reproductive rights, they follow their dreams and create opportunities for themselves, family members and their communities. They thrive and so does the environment. They do not thrive and communities in which they live do not thrive where they are not given equal opportunity and their inalienable rights; i.e., patriarchal societies and their belief systems inhibit the equal development of women and, thus, prevent economic and spiritual development in their nations. As regards economic development alone, the UN, OECD and multifarious grassroots and international organizations have adjusted to this truth by basing their development agendas on programs that empower women. I believe that God’s & the universe’s principles concerning love, communing and community have been manipulated throughout time by individuals to gain or maintain power in a particular place…at a particular time…over a particular group.
With all this in mind, I’ve always wondered the following. How is it that people follow such teachings and their selective, negative and exclusionary ideology that de facto inhibit, limit and stigmatize women and groups of “others” by race, creed, sexual orientation, etc. without so much as a doubt as to the intentions of the scribes interpreting the will of God & the universe?