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Passion?

For a long time, my copy of “The Passion of the Christ” has sat on a shelf and gathered dust. So many reviews had slated this film that it seemed that watching it would be a waste of time and effort. Having fallen and partially immobilised myself, it finally has had a viewing.

WHAT A REVELATION!

Mel Gibson has produced an horrific film potraying the evils that come with a demented priesthood, an occupational army without sufficient numbers of troops and the mob mentality that demented priests can engender. As an historical representation of the times, the film appeared quite credible. Mob rule created by the fear of the priesthood that it was in danger of losing a very lucrative industry was illustrated in a subdued but effective manner.

The pathetic washing of hands by Pilate was an eloquent illustration of the sheer incompetence of a ruling force to ensure that due, legal process was followed.

The scourging of Jesus by two hulking Roman centurians was just a little drawn out and lost it’s way because the scene simply didn’t seem to know when it was finished.

The eventual journey to Golgotha was a tour de force and brought out the best in the principal players. The total disregard for the value of human life and the massive indifference to the suffering of a fellow human being by the crowds of on-lookers was something of a revelation and bore some resemblance to the modern day indifference of “rubber neckers” at the sites of human tragedy.

My feeling, after watching the film, was that it was a reasonably accurate depiction of the events. Certainly, more than lip service was paid to the stories to be found in the Bible but it left me with an answer to a question I have been asking for some years.

I am now fairly sure that Jesus was not sent to earth in order to “take upon himself the sins of all mankind”. It seems clear to me that ONLY contemporaries of Jesus were to be saved. Seeing the written word performed shows that the words of Jesus were addressed to those people in His presence. The breaking of bread and the drinking of wine at the last supper was not invoking that activity for all time but was an intimate act between close male friends. The obvious misogyny of Jesus and His followers was the final indicator that there was a huge, empty rift in the teachings of Jesus. Jesus came to Earth to be an example and a teacher – a DIVINE example and teacher – and yet he adopted the belief of his contemporary males and taught the second class position of females.

This, out of all the contrary and disappointing aspects of the teachings of Jesus on Earth, double under-lined his true mortality and lack of divinity.

At the creation, God made men and women as living souls from the dust of the Earth without assigning superiority to either sex. If there really was a serpent that tempted a woman to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge, wasn’t that just a little too convenient for misogynyst philosophy?

Wasn’t the story of Adam and Eve a mere contrivance by a greedy and corrupt priesthood to allow men to subjugate women?

2 comments to Passion?

  • J. Alberto Guzmán

    Al efectuar un breve recorrido por las Escrituras, podemos concluir que en ellas no se aspira a otorgar a la mujer plena emancipación ni condición de igual con respecto al hombre.

    Hasta San Pablo no encontramos una teología de la mujer, que supondrá una propuesta de superación de la división de los sexos, aunque sin alcanzarse la plena igualdad. San Pablo proclamará: “Ya no hay hombre ni mujer: todos sois uno en Cristo Jesús” (Gál. 3, 28).

    No obstante esta declaración, Pablo señala que la mujer debe llevar el velo en la asamblea del culto (1 Cor. 11, 2-16) y que no debe hablar en la Iglesia, esto es, que no debe enseñar (1 Cor. 14, 34; 1 Tim. 2, 12). En cambio, no debemos olvidar que Pablo no niega a la mujer la posibilidad de profetizar.

    Jesús tiene algunos gestos positivos hacia las mujeres, como el permitir ser seguido por santas mujeres (Lc 8, 1 ss), el tomar como ejemplo a vírgenes fieles (Mt 25, 1-13), etc.

    ¿Puede tal escasez de activismo a favor de la igualdad de hombres y mujeres llevarnos a negar la divinidad de Jesucristo? Si ha de calificarse la divinidad de Jesús por su grado de compromiso en favor de la igualdad, quizá pueda sostenerse la tesis de Mr. Webster.

    Aún hoy día la Iglesia Católica impide el sacerdocio (la enseñanza de la Palabra) a las mujeres y justifican el amor de Dios hacia la mujer en la elección que Éste hizo de ella para ser la madre de su Hijo. También destaca el papel de la virgen María como abogada de los pecadores.

  • oldcoot

    La Biblia es muy clara en que Dios creó a los hombres y mujeres al mismo tiempo pero en cantidades no reveladas. Génesis 1:27 se afirma con toda claridad “Y Dios creó al hombre a Su propia imagen. En la imagen de Dios lo creó, varón y hembra los creó.”

    Este versículo es una negación total de la enseñanza posterior de los líderes religiosos con respecto a la creación de Adán del polvo seguido por la creación de Eva de la costilla de Adán.

    Esta primera evidencia de la forma en que la Biblia era para ser manipulados para el beneficio del clero era el primer enlace de la cadena que los sacerdotes masculinos utiliza para enlazar las mujeres en una sociedad diseñada para el placer de los hombres – no la glorificación de Dios.

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    The Bible is very clear that God created men and women at the same time but in undisclosed numbers. Genesis 1:27 clearly states “And God created man in His own image. In the image of God created He them. Male and female created He them.”

    This verse is a total negation of the later teaching of religious leaders regarding the creation of Adam from the dust followed by the creation of Eve from Adam’s rib.

    This first evidence of how the Bible was to be manipulated for the benefit of the clergy was the first link in the chain that male priests used to bind women into a society designed for the pleasure of men – not the glorification of God.

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