Well, I just started editing my FicRec List and I realized that this Blog might turn into a “Praise the unholy trinity that is @btssmutgalore , @ellieljade and @avveh “-Blog real quick. Dear lord, please have mercy on my soul…
Shiva is the destroyer among the trinity and is worshiped as a main deity by millions of Hindus. The holy word chant to worship him is comprised of five letters and is popularly called Panchakshara- “Na Ma Si Va ya”. In this popular stotra, each of these letters is considered as Him praising each of His divine qualities.
My salutations to the letter “Na” , which is Shiva, Who wears as garland the king of snakes. Who has three eyes, Who wears ash all over Him, Who is the greatest Lord, Who is forever, Who is the cleanest, And who wears the directions themselves as dress
My salutations to the letter “Ma” , which is Shiva, Who is bathed by waters of ganges, Who applies sandal paste all over him, Who has Lord Nandi as his chiefton, Who is the greatest lord, And who is worshipped by Mandhara and many other flowers.
My salutations to the letter “Si” , which is Shiva, Who is peace personified, Who is like Sun to the Lotus face of Gowri, Who destroyed the fire sacrifice of Daksha, Who has a blue neck, And who has a bull in his flag.
My salutations to the letter “Ya” , which is Shiva, Who takes the form of Yaksha, Who has a tufted hair, Who is armed with spear, Who is forever filled with peace, Who is godly, Who is the great God, And who wears the directions themselves as dress.
Phalasruthi Panchaksharamidham punyam, Ya padeth Shiva sannidhou, Shivaloka maapnothi, Shive na saha modathe.
Those who read these holy five letters great, In the temple of Shiva,. Would go to the world of Shiva, And be forever happy with Him.
Before I ask my question, know that I don't mean anything disrespectful. I'm genuinely trying to wrap my head around this and don't really know where to start. Regarding God's gender, I agree that using solely male/masculine terms to discuss God is a bit silly. But did Jesus not give us the "Our Father" and refer to God explicitly as His Father in the Gospel? I'd love to pursue a possible answer, but have no idea where I'd even begin. Thank you! =)
Hi there! You’re not being disrespectful at all, and you’re asking great questions. I hope you don’t mind me posting this, because I think you bring up important points for anyone looking to expand their language for God.
Indeed, the Gospels never record Jesus calling God his mother – but they do record him calling himself a mother! Matthew 23:37 says, “how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.” And Jesus is God, so that’s one instance of God as mother. Here is a post with some more musings on Jesus’s gender.
Beyond that, one might wonder whether Jesus would have used a gender neutral term for God had one been available to him. The Aramaic word Jesus used for God as Father, Abba, does not have a neutral option. In many languages, however, that have only masculine and feminine nouns, the masculine doubles as neutral. I certainly don’t think it goes beyond what Jesus wanted if we call God our Mother and Parent as well as our Father.
And Jesus’ language for God is not the only language for God that we find in Scripture. From the very beginning, in Genesis 1, we find the image of God as a brooding mother bird – Genesis 1:2 uses a rare word to describe the breath/wind/Spirit of God hovering/moving/brooding over the face of the waters. The Lumina Bible offers this footnote for the word: “The Hebrew verb has been translated “hovering” or “moving” (as a bird over her young, see Deut 32:11). The Syriac cognate term means “to brood over; to incubate.” How much of that sense might be attached here is hard to say, but the verb does depict the presence of the Spirit of God moving about mysteriously over the waters, presumably preparing for the acts of creation to follow….”
Woman Wisdom of the wisdom literature is a feminine figure attributed to God – while our Jewish siblings seem to hold the reading of this figure as wisdom personified, many Christians see her either as the Holy Spirit or as Jesus. And so Woman Wisdom is Divine.
Finally, I would argue that not only is sticking solely to masculine language for God silly, it is downright harmful to all of us made in the Image of God, especially those of us who are not men. Lynn Japinga makes this argument well in chapter three of Feminism and Christianity – you can read the full chapter in Google Drive here. Some highlights:
“If we see God as a man or more like a man or more properly named in male language, we tend to think of men as more like God, and women as less like God. Mary Daly captured the essence of this problem with her pithy phrase, ‘If God is male, then the male is God.’”
“Certainly God is like a father in some ways; but God is far more than that, and language for God ought to reflect a sense of mystery and awe as well as of relationship. Human beings ultimately cannot name the God who is always several steps ahead of them and who refuses to be confined by the names they choose.”
“Johanna Bos [my now-retired Hebrew professor!] suggested the formula ‘yes, no, and more so’ as a way to understand language for God. Many metaphors or names for God, such as Father, Mother, Rock, or Light, say something true about God – the ‘yes.’ Yet every metaphor falls short, and no title names God accurately or adequately – the ‘no.’ God always transcends human attempts to name and describe God – the ‘more so.’ God is love, we often say, and it is true. But human understanding of love is limited, and God may be quite different from some of our notions of love. And yet God is more like love than we will ever know. God is love in a way that far exceeds our present knowledge of either God or love.”
“When a human term [such as Father] ceases to be one way of understanding God and becomes God’s real name, it has become an idol.”
“Feminist theologians recognize that simply using feminine imagery for God does not resolve all the problems of God language. The Bible speaks of God as King, Judge, Creator, and many other traditionally male roles that are not linked to fathering. Much of the feminine imagery is maternal, which then suggests that women are most like God when they are mothers, while men are like God in most of their activities. Maternal language about God can also become stereotypical. God the Mother is safe, warm, and gentle. God the Father is tough and demanding, but very strong and protective. God the Father is still clearly the boss. If the divine feminine is always linked with love and nurture, while the divine masculine is strong and rational, our stereotypes about male and female will be perpetuated rather than challenged.” “The book of Hosea offers a useful antidote to this stereotypical feminine imagery by portraying God as a female figure who is both maternal and furious. God faithfully fed and cared for the Israelites; but instead of being grateful, they forgot God. That made God say angrily, ‘I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs, / and will tear open the coverings of their heart’ (Hos 13:8). This maternal image evokes no romanticized piety, softness, or sentimentality. Mothers, and the mother bear in Hosea, are fiercely protective. Elizabeth Johnson wrote of the paradox of angry love, ‘The wrath of God is a symbol of holy mystery that we can ill afford to use. For the wrath of God in the sense of righteous anger against injustice is not an opposite of mercy but its correlative. It is a mode of caring response in the face of evil.’”
“Another nonmaternal feminine image is of God as midwife, which occurs in Psalms 22 and 71. The psalmist described his feeling that God had abandoned him. ..In the midst of despair he said to God, ‘Yet it was you who took me from the womb; / you who kept me safe on my mother’s breast. …’ (Ps 22:9-10). …Comparing God to the one who helped deliver babies meant comparing God to a woman. It is an intriguing image because midwifes are active throughout a birth. They offer encouragement, they teach the mother how to work with the pains of labor; but they cannot do the laboring themselves, and they cannot take the pain away. The metaphor suggests that God encourages and supports human beings even when God cannot take their pain away.”
Another good article is by Ruth Caroline Duck and Patricia Wilson-Kastner in their book Praising God: The Trinity in Christian Worship. In their discussion on the Trinity, they bring up the naming of God as Father or Mother along with other interesting thoughts on language for God.
The Father is my hope. The Son is my refuge. The Holy Spirit is my protector. Glory to the holy and undivided Trinity, now and for ever. Let us praise the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; let us bless and exault God above all for ever! Almighty and everlasting God, to whom we owe the grace of professing the true faith, grant that while acknowledging the glory of the eternal Trinity and adoring Its unity, we may through your majestic power be confirmed in this faith and defended against all adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Wonder Woman was a fucking badass in Batman Vs Superman. She slayed. She dominated while she was on screen. She is the kind of representation that is needed in superhero movies. She was great in every part. Plus, she is getting her own solo superhero movie. Only female superhero to have that.
She was a fantastic addition to the cast and made the entire movie better. Congrats to Gal Gadot for an amazing portrayal of Wonder Woman!
IN THE GLORY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, BRYAN FULLER, FIRST OF HIS NAME, PROPHET OF HANNIGRAM, PROCLAIMER OF THE (UN)HOLY WORD, PRODUCED FANBOY, F***ING TEASE, THE THIRST BUILDER, THE FEELS GIVER, THE CANON MAKER, LAUNCHER OF A THOUSAND SHIPS, GOD-KING OF THE FANNIBALS, HALLOWED BE HIS NAME.
THE CHOSEN TWO, ACOLYTES OF THE GOD-KING, PORTRAYERS OF THE (UN)HOLY WORD, AMPLIFIERS OF THE GAY, THEY WHO GIVE LIFE AND DEATH TO THE FANNIBALS, THE LIFE RUINERS, PRAISE BE UNTO THEM.
“O Christ, the Good Son and the new Adam, in whom there was life, you became man and died as a man to restore life to us by your resurrection.
You desired that your Mother, the Virgin, be the second Eve and the cause of the salvation of the human race.
You did not refuse to taste death for us.
Your pure and immaculate Mother also tasted it, but like you, her body did not suffer corruption.
You seated her as Queen of angels and men.
In her the symbols of the prophets and the saying of the prophets were verified, and with them we exclaim:
Go in peace, Mother of the Life, you gave life to the world;
Go in peace, pure Eve, you gave us the good fruit of paradise to eat;
Go in peace, daughter of men, the Father has chosen you, the son has exalted you, and the Spirit has sanctified you;
Go in peace, second heaven, from whence appeared the
Holy is she who has elevated you in the earthly Jerusalem, the holy Church.
And now we ask the Lord, through your intercession:
may he grant true peace to the world, the fruit of love and justice, and eradicate egotism and pride, the source of all evil and sin.
May you who are pure and free of all fault, grant that we poor children of earth may not always turn our gaze downward, but that our spirits and our thoughts may soar towards the heights, from whence we come and to where we are going.
May your feast be a source of benefits and blessings for your children, living and dead, that they may find rest in heaven.
We shall praise the glorious Trinity, now and for ever. Amen.”
- Maronite Prayer of The Faithful (divine office);Vol.3; Assumption of the Virgin Mary; Safro (morning prayer); Sedro