[img]http://www.sermonindex.net/images/forum/2004/may/featured_news.gif[/img]A publisher is touting a new edition of the Gospels that identifies Christ as a woman named Judith Christ of Nazareth.LBI Institute says its version, Judith Christ of Nazareth, The Gospels of the Bible, Corrected to Reflect that Christ Was a Woman, Extracted from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, takes Thomas Jefferson's edited Gospel one step futher by "correcting" the gender of Christ and God."This long-awaited revised text of the Gospels makes the moral message of Christ more accessible to many, and more illuminating to all," says Billie Shakespeare, vice president for the publisher, in a statement. "It is empowering. We published this new Bible to acknowledge the rise of women in society."
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
The publisher is a somewhat unknown one, [i]LBI Law & Business Institute[/i]. What does a publisher that normally publishes books on e-patents have to do with the Bible?
I believe God's attitude to women is more clearly understood by reading the original scripture as it was written, particularly noting how comfortable Jesus was, when speaking with women or ministering to them. Also, he gives them as much right to salvation and the Holy Spirit as any man has, which is what equality is all about, although, that thought is to forget there is no male nor female in Christ Jesus.In George Ritchie's book 'Return from Tomorrow', in which he describes what he saw when he was, apparently, dead for 9 minutes, I was struck by his declaration that the Lord's appearance to him was accompanied by the knowledge that he had never been in the presence of someone possessed of such 'Maleness'. I believe this may also help us understand something of the 'femaleness' God must expect of the Church.This is a completely different way of validating the female role, while at the same time giving just validation to the male role, in an Godly and uncorrupted way, where both men and women are called upon to be 'complete' in the Lord.There is a booklet called 'Feminism and The Bible' by Mardi Keyes, ISBN 0-87784-094-6. I do not own it and have only flicked through, but it is an intelligent and educated presentation of helpful ways for feminists to consider Biblical truth, which acknowledges some of their concerns meaningfully.