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Fri, March 20, 2015
Jesus Taught Gender Equality
By TruthBook staff
Sexism: The Original Sin Of The Church
This is a timely article by Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, and we offer it in May, the month dedicated to mothers ... but mothers are also women, so we'd like to expand the celebration to all women, especially those who long to serve better, to serve more, in the Kingdom of God. Here's a snippet from the article:
In Orthodox Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church and in some Protestant denominations, women are not allowed to serve as pastors or priests. Pope Francis, who has been so open on many issues, has slammed the door shut to any debate on women serving as priests.
Given that women surrounded Jesus during his ministry, were the last to stay with Jesus at the cross, and the first to see him resurrected; it appears clear that Jesus believed in the spiritual power and perception of women. So, why does the church not hold women in the same esteem as did Jesus, the founder and center of the faith?
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. It's worth a look, for it includes photographic profiles of many prominent women who are serving the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of all humanity through ministry
Jesus was a hero in so many ways, but to women he was a special hero - a man who refused to knuckle under to the prevailing view of women. His efforts on behalf of women ministers was shocking in his day, and he never equivocated in his defense of gender equality, much to the dismay of even his own apostles. He honored his own mother, and all mothers. The day when he took time out from his busy schedule to meet with the mothers of Jericho and bless their children is one of the Master's most beloved stories.
The Urantia Book states:
167:6.4 Woman's status in Palestine was much improved by Jesus' teaching; and so it would have been throughout the world if his followers had not departed so far from that which he painstakingly taught them.
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What did Jesus teach about women?
The most astonishing and the most revolutionary feature of Michael's mission on earth was his attitude toward women. In a day and generation when a man was not supposed to salute even his own wife in a public place, Jesus dared to take women along as teachers of the gospel in connection with his third tour of Galilee. And he had the consummate courage to do this in the face of the rabbinic teaching which declared that it was "better that the words of the law should be burned than delivered to women."
In one generation Jesus lifted women out of the disrespectful oblivion and the slavish drudgery of the ages. And it is the one shameful thing about the religion that presumed to take Jesus' name that it lacked the moral courage to follow this noble example in its subsequent attitude toward women. (149:2.8)
The apostles were at first shocked by, but early became accustomed to, Jesus' treatment of women; he made it very clear to them that women were to be accorded equal rights with men in the kingdom. (138:8.11)
Said Jesus: "Always remember that man has no rightful authority over woman unless the woman has willingly and voluntarily given him such authority.
"The loving care and consideration which a man is willing to bestow upon his wife and their children are the measure of that man's attainment of the higher levels of creative and spiritual self-consciousness. Do you not know that men and women are partners with God in that they co-operate to create beings who grow up to possess themselves of the potential of immortal souls? The Father in heaven treats the Spirit Mother of the children of the universe as one equal to himself. It is Godlike to share your life and all that relates thereto on equal terms with the mother partner who so fully shares with you that divine experience of reproducing yourselves in the lives of your children. If you can only love your children as God loves you, you will love and cherish your wife as the Father in heaven honors and exalts the Infinite Spirit, the mother of all the spirit children of a vast universe."
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The idea of woman's equality with men is still shocking to some in the churches. It is a sad commentary on modern society that women are still not accorded the respect and acceptance that they deserve.
But the teachings of Jesus in The Urantia Book are available and spreading, and we are promised that these teachings will not remain unproductive; in fact, we are told that these teachings will one day rule this very world.
In this month of May, we at TruthBook honor women - mothers, teachers, ministers, sisters, workers, and wives. Women are heralded in The Urantia Book as the "spiritual standard-bearers" of the world, and it is high time that their voices are heard and their talents utilized for the uplift of the whole planet.
Finally, from The Urantia Book:
Before the teachings of Jesus which culminated in Pentecost, women had little or no spiritual standing in the tenets of the older religions. After Pentecost, in the brotherhood of the kingdom woman stood before God on an equality with man. Among the one hundred and twenty who received this special visitation of the spirit were many of the women disciples, and they shared these blessings equally with the men believers. No longer can man presume to monopolize the ministry of religious service. The Pharisee might go on thanking God that he was "not born a woman, a leper, or a gentile," but among the followers of Jesus woman has been forever set free from all religious discriminations based on sex. Pentecost obliterated all religious discrimination founded on racial distinction, cultural differences, social caste, or sex prejudice. No wonder these believers in the new religion would cry out, "Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (194:3.14)
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