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Clashing Cymbals

Today's blog post is going to delve into the world of Christians and an aspect of the way many practice their faith.  I realize that the audience here may not be all that interested.  However, the community "fencerow" that I dwell and work in is populated on both sides by Christians.  As a matter of fact, until the turning of the 21st century (give or take a couple of years), I walked the same path.  So, it is just natural that my musings and experiences are still influenced. 

Recently I had the wondrous experience of being "damned to hell for all eternity" because I shared a post on my Facebook page about recognizing the Feminine Divine.  The post basically pointed out that while many Bible believers will say that God doesn't have a gender, they will get offended if you refer to God in any feminine term.  That set off a locally known person. He went on a rant on his own page babbling about calling God female is "blasphemy of the Holy Spirit" and that anyone even hinting at that is going to hell for eternity.  I considered the source and instead of being angry, I just put up a little picture of one of those weird monkey toys that clashes cymbals.  I had previously responded to this same person with the same scripture source that he likes to use in his judgmental attacks, the Bible.   He makes a mistake when trying to use Biblical references in debate because even though I am not a Biblical Scholar, I used to teach Bible at church and did so longer than he has even been alive.  Anyway, I digress...

I referenced 1 Corinthians 13:1-5 (especially verse 1) "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful"

In response to his post that damned us that recognize the Feminine Divine, I didn't even have to quote the verse. I just posted the monkey as my profile photo.  I guess the young man got the point because he promptly blocked me. 

When walking the fence row one needs to maintain a level of groundedness.  I do not personally feel compelled to drive out into the Christian fields to do battle.  It has been my experience that little is accomplished for either side in that fashion.  I have friends and family of various Christian faiths and most are respectful of others beliefs even if they do not agree.   I have on dear friend who is Jehovah Witness and she will occasionally hand me a leaflet or a casual mention then let it drop.  We have had a couple of deep talks about her path and mine and where they are similar and where they vastly part.  It's all cool though.  I just smile when she does her 'duty' and tell her to be blessed as well.

By being grounded and peaceful in my own path walk, I find that only those who really want to have a deep talk about spiritual matters will approach me directly.  The rest just go about their business and probably talk about me behind my back.  However, that also gives me the ability to deflect and debate those who choose to bring the battle to me.   Being peaceful does not equal being weak by any means.  "Choose your battles wisely," is one of my mantras.  Those combative Christians that do not seek any sort of true understanding but only to force others to think their way are out there and only rarely are deserving of any real time or energy.

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SophiaDawn is a typical, and yet, not so typical farm gal, a "young" crone and grandmother.  She lives in Southern Illinois, near St Louis, out in the sticks where she owns an herb, botanical and more business,"Terra Mater". She is a Reiki Master-Teacher and reads Tarot and Oracle cards.  She also has her Diploma of Holistic Health Practice from the American College of Health Sciences.  She writes a monthly column for a local magazine on herbs and alternative health.  SophiaDawn also gardens, raises goats and other livestock.  In her spare time she does all sorts of sewing and needlearts. 

SophiaDawn spent a great deal of her life as a dedicated Christian but several years ago found herself on the winding path where she discovered the Feminine Divine  and the way of the wise woman, embracing the magickal world around her. 

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  • Thesseli
    Thesseli Saturday, 26 July 2014

    I don't even bother dealing with Christians or other minions of the so-called "God" of Abraham like this. It would be like a geologist talking with a Flat Earther and trying to find common ground.

  • SophiaDawn
    SophiaDawn Tuesday, 29 July 2014

    I certainly understand your point. However, that is not really a choice for me. I own a business that attracts even Christians as well as have many friends and family who are Christians. They far outnumber pagan friends. So the trick for me is to maintain relationships with most.

  • Ian Phanes
    Ian Phanes Tuesday, 29 July 2014

    I would point out that "Hagia Pneuma", that is, the phrase in the New Testament translated as "Holy Spirit", is feminine--never masculine.

    (The same is true in Hebrew, by the way. But in Latin, the Holy Spirit became masculine, I sometimes speculate if the shift to exclusively masculine terms for the Trinity in Western Christianity influenced this misogynist worldview.)

  • SophiaDawn
    SophiaDawn Tuesday, 29 July 2014

    Yes, this is absolutely correct. The Hebrew word, Shekinah, refers to the Holy Spirit and is a feminine word. Horrors if you point that out to many.

  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ Wednesday, 30 July 2014

    Pneuma, spirit or breath, is a neuter word in Greek.

    Ruah breath, shekinah, presence, and hokmah, wisdom are all feminine in Hebrew.

  • Ian Phanes
    Ian Phanes Thursday, 31 July 2014

    Carol,

    Thank you for the correction, I was misled by the -a ending.

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