I suppose what makes me angry about the Bible and makes me instinctively reject it as ultimate wisdom is the constant denunciation of women as intrinsically unclean and evil.
The Bible, as well as all the other big religious tomes out of history, is but another glorified rationalization for male supremacy. (I fault the I Ching for this too, but at least it acknowledges the absolute necessity of the female polarity, the Yin to the Yang; the female substance that needs to be to bring male spark to life and sustain it; Idea to Reality)
Everywhere in the Bible, Revelations being a major example, woman is depicted as the evil "Great Whore" (except the mother of God, who is, of course, a virgin!) and those "Saved" are the ones "Not defiled by women"!
All evil that plagues Mankind is assigned to women: Eve "tricks" Adam into eating the apple of Questioning and is blamed for the Expulsion from the Garden; Pandora opens the box and unleashes all the sorrows and plagues of mankind, etc. (Not sure what Muslim women did to deserve the burka...smiled too much with their luscious mouths?) What utter blasphemy to life itself!
The only "supremacy" man has to woman is his sheer physical strength and it is this edict of "might makes right" that has brought the earth and all its creatures to the brink of disaster!
It is the denial of female godliness that allows man to not nurture Life on Earth, but only seek mastery of it to the detriment of all throughout the ages.
Of course there are great wisdoms in the Bible, Koran, I Ching, etc., but greater are the Conceits of Man (thinking of course that God is a man!), the preoccupation with power that it sees only in male terms.
The strength of woman is not the lesser because it manifests itself in endurance and sacrifice to the needs of life itself!
Male pride is indeed the greatest obstacle to Oneness with the macrocosm of God and man in his pride (and fear!) has assigned the awesome power of woman (To bear and nurture life) to the realm of evil. It is the darkness of their fear of the forces of life that they somehow feel women are biologically more connected to that motivates their subjugation of women; thus women have lived for ages in submission to men; might over nurturing, man over nature, and separateness over communality.
Man's pride has spawned up conflicting religions (even though the Golden Rule would suffice for all of them), races and nationalities and warfare still decides the destinies of man on earth, while woman, who nurtures all life and turns instinctively to peace, is not only relegated to second place, but is reviled as "evil" in our so-called "sacred" literature.
Bia Winter is an Artist/Writer from Maine, and has been an activist and letter-writer since the 60's. In 2004 she received the Roger Baldwin Award from the Maine American Civil Liberties Union for furthering Democracy after she got a Resolution (more...)