En bloggare har gått in för att servera en minst sagt annorlunda adventsläsning (se utdrag sist i detta inlägg).
Det berör vad vi har varit inne på här om det kvinnliga/manliga hos Gud - men ur en vinkel jag nog aldrig har läst om - eller menar bloggaren kanske bara att Gud (Fadern) skulle vara både Fader/Moder (men inte flera personer)?
Hm - kan det finnas två naturer inom Gud (manligt/kvinnligt) - liksom Kristus har två naturer (gudomligt/mänskligt)?
Maria Magdalena tas också upp - var hon möjligen Johannes, älsklingslärjungen? - frågar bloggskribenten och refererar till ett gnostiskt evangelium.
Här är några utdrag ur ett par sådana:
The Gospel of Philip
There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary his mother and her sister and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary. (II,3,59)
And the companion of the Savior is Mary Magdalene. But Christ loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often on her mouth. The rest of the disciples were offended by it and expressed disapproval. They said to him, "Why do you love her more than all of us?" The Savior answered and said to them, "Why do I not love you like her?"... The Lord said, "Blessed is he who is before he come into being. For he who is, has been and shall be." The superiority of man is not obvious to the eye, but lies in what is hidden from view. (II,3,63-64)
The Gospel of Mary
Peter said to Mary, "Sister, We know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of women. Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember -- which you know but we do not nor have we heard them." Mary answered and said, "What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you." (The answer follows, most of which was lost.)
When Mary had said this, she fell silent, since it was to this point that the Savior had spoken with her. But Andrew answered and said to the brethren, "Say what you wish to say about what she has said. I at least do not believe that the Savior said this. For certainly these teachings are strange ideas. Peter answered and spoke concerning these same things. He questioned them about the Savior: "Did he really speak privately with a woman and not openly to us? Are we to turn about and all listen to her? Did he prefer her to us?" Then Mary wept and said to Peter, "My brother Peter, what do you think? Do you think that I thought this up myself in my heart, or that I am lying about the Savior?"
Levi answered and said to Peter, "Peter, you have always been hot-tempered. Now I see you contending against the woman like the adversaries. But if the Savior made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her? Surely the Savior knows her very well. That is why he loved her more than us. Rather let us be ashamed and put on the perfect man, and separate as he commanded us and preach the gospel, not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the Savior said." (10, 17, 18)"
Tja, vad ska man säga?
Helt klart är att nånting väsentligt har gått förlorat i kyrkornas syn på manligt/kvinnligt. Frågan är mest hur man ska reparera det utifrån vad som kan tänkas vara sant...
"The patriarchalism of Christian orthodoxy denigrated women, demoted them from roles as pillars of the church, shamed and trans mutated the Beloved Disciple from Mary Magdalene, the wife of Jesus, into John. the brother of James, son of Zebedee/ Maybe Magdalene was the sister of James and all those canonical references to John actually refer to Magdalene. There are some interesting hints of such a thing in the heretical Gospel of Philip.
Orthodox Christianity has removed the female element from the Infinite, giving us only half the picture. We need God the Mother side by side with God the Father. The heretics, especially the Gnostic, seem to have understood that but they lost the battle with the patriarchalism of orthodoxy, supported by the might of the male-dominated Roman Empire. For me, the struggle to return to the true kerygma of Jesus is to restore the balance between God the Father and God the Mother in the unity of the gender-neutral synthesis of that structural opposition, the Holy Spirit.
So, as we await the birth of Jesus, let us remember he had both a father and a mother, a human pair and a divine pair. Jesus was infused with the power of the Holy Spirit, I believe, because he worshiped God as Father and God as Mother. An we cannot receive the true power of the Holy Spirit until we too worship both Father and Mother. Gives a whole new meaning to the commandment to honor thy Father and Mother, doesn’t it?"