Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The above scripture is the scripture that trips everyone up when talking about deity to Christians. This always gets quoted to me when I mention the Goddess.
Yes, I believe in a higher something that created humankind. I call it deity, my Spiritual parents, God and Goddess. Brigid and Cernunnos, my matron and patron.
I was raised Christian. First as a Jehovah’s Witness( please don’t bash them if you have never had a bible study with them. I promise the impression you have is probably wrong if you haven’t.), then I also went to different churches and youth group. I know all about the Christian version of God. I respect him because personally, I believe that every sentient being that is apart of a spiritual or religious path call upon the same entity just by different names.
I get told often that if I believe in a Goddess then I don’t believe in god. False. I will endeavor to explain to you how I do and the reason why this belief in Christianity ( not all just the ones that I was around) pushed me away from the religion.
So let’s take a look at that verse again.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Okay, Here is my personal analysis of it that made sense to me at 12 and still hasn’t fundamentally changed.
- “God created man in his own image… male and female created he them” First I thought if God is he and we are made in his image why didn’t he make us all male(5-year-old mind there). Growing up I got the “well he did that so we can reproduce”, so I just went with it. Now after more biology, I added that he could’ve made us reproduce asexually.
- Ok so if we are created in his image and there are 2 anatomical sexes then this “God” must be a Collective of more than one deity. Most likely a male and female are included in this, whether as figureheads or equals (like the many facets of one being).
- It makes sense to me that at the time the bible was written and then when Christianity was established, that any admittance to a female deity would be removed because that would defeat the purpose of an all-powerful god, rather than one that thrives with balance. ( I sorry I have to jump to my feminist perspective. Men have been stripping power from women for a long time and before Christianity existed paganism was around and women were held to a higher standard. So to my brain, it made sense that the writers and creators of the religion and its text would want things to resemble the life they were living to validate it. But that is a whole nother topic in itself.)
I mean really I could go on for days just on this one topic, but I won’t. I have an involvement fair ( representing the new pagan club at my school I help to start at it) to go to. I leave it at these 3 because they were my personal top 3 that began to push me away from the idealism of one god.
I know someone will say. The Bible, The Quran, the Torah, whatever book the religion is lead by says that their book claims knowledge of the one true God.
But really. I don’t buy it. If we were meant to know this, then there would be a concise name put to God. As is the mystery of the universe we don’t know everything.
We just have to face that we are human and as humans, we are a lesser entity.