Feminism in the Bible ( Gospel for Women)

Before we talk about feminism, let’s define it as per Google search dictionary shall we.

Definition: advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

It is a very interesting topic, Bible does talk about it quite a bit. But the thing is an average Christian is 30 or 40 year old or behaves like one, doesn’t think about women rights. And probably has lived in a very conservative community. 

The question of feminism comes up in Genesis itself, which infact is the first Book of the Bible, comes up  within  few pages of the Bible. (Adam and Eve in the Garden)

Most Christains think God cursed man because of disobedience, that is clearly not the Case. God specifically told them, if you eat  of the tree. You shall surely die. The knowledge of good and evil is the law, then everything else is Grace. God made them rulers of the earth, gave them every other tree including the tree of life to freely eat of. God wanted man to trust in his goodness, trust in him for what is good and evil. That is faith, they had to receive grace through faith, without which you won’t have a relationship or free will. But both Man and Woman ate of it. 

We all focus on what curses woman received as she lost her standing in front of God and look at man’s loss for conceptual clarity

Genesis 3:16
To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

Genesis 3:17
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.

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It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.

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By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

Notice the worst curse comes last, for Man it is death, he was made out of dust, he shall return to dust because his Spirit is separated .

For Women, she came out of Man. Thus since her spirit is separated from God. Her desire would be for her husband and he exercised dominion over her.

Which is to say, She can only please herself by pleasing man, thus man rules over her. For example If I really really excessively cared about what a person thinks about me, that person can and probably would exercise dominion over me. Whatever that person tells I would be affected and influenced by it greatly. This is all too common in various relationships.

For a women to be carnal, she would have instinctive desire to suject herself to the control of Man, just as a man is carnal he would lust for flesh and materials of this world. For a womans case being separated from God ,true feminism cannot exist. But if she subjects herself to God, then she no longer needs to rely on Man even if she is from Man. Just the way Man doesn’t need to behave carnal if he is connected to God. This is how Jesus fasted for 40 days and overcame the temptations of the flesh. He lived not by bread alone but by the word of God.

Matthew 4:4: But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 

For a woman to become a true feminist, ie become a equal, she must be connected to God. Just like Jesus who lived not according to the flesh but by every word that proceeded out of God. But first you need to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior for the redemption of sins, and be a daughter of God. More closer you get to God,less dependent you become on Man. Thus you shall become a true feminist, ie equal with man, infact actually being superior is very much in scope. Thus wives are asked to subject themselves to their husbands, just as Jesus Christ being the greatest, God himself became a servant and served us by offering himself entirely until his last breath on the cross.

Ephesians 5

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Women are fundementally created in a superior way as far as specs , because in pure Hebrew, God squeezed man from clay, but God delicately shaped woman from Man. Woman is man v2.0. Even Scientists acknowledge that men have compartmentalized minds which is actually a bad thing!! Because in life everything is connected. For women it’s not the case, they think the same way(ie everything being connected), and thus can percieve life in a much clearer way.

True feminism is only possible by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. And having a close intimate relationship by living according to his word, just as Jesus did. Which is really exciting news for women amen.Infact it is too good to be true news, which is the Gospel for women.

Praise God, hope you receive Christ and become a true feminist. Amen

Suffering of Job 

When ever we think of Job, we think the sufferings of Job, but the writer takes the effort to paint a amazing picture, where every man would love such a retirement

Job 1:1-5, five verses dedicated to describing how amazing Jobs life was. Even many millionaires don’t have such a happy life. Let’s see, 7 sons and three daughters.  7000 sheep,300 camel, 500 oxes,500 female donkeys, not to mention a small army of servants.He had amazing status, he was considered the greatest man in all of east. It is said they enjoy feasts, which means they had amazing grand parties with his family. Sounds like an awesome time. I really remember when all my relatives had time to come together. It was an awesome time, playing those old video games, and all kind of games we could. I don’t remember any awesome parties, Jacob and his family had allot of fun regularly. Even when I was young, I could have fun with my relatives once a year for weeks. They had all the money to party!!

They we see Job suffered for a little while. Then God restored him to twice the wealth and he had, he lived a amazingly long time

Job 42 10-15, Jobs sorrow of loosing his family was compensated by seeing his children and grandchildren up to 4 generations!!. Had the most beautiful daughters. ( explains why Christain women are beautiful or become. wink. )

After:

14000 sheep and goat,600 camel ,1000 pair of oxen,1000 female donkeys

Before:

7000 sheep,300 camel, 500 oxes,500 female donkeys

His flock had multiple twice. 

Summary of the story :

 Job a very rich happy man. Suffered ,cried for a little while, had annoying friends who believed in justification by self righteousness who rebuked him. God reminded him, how awesome and powerful he his and warned his buddies. God restored him in a amazing way.

Maybe we may know or not know the reason for his suffering. Maybe God wanted to elevate his status, but had to test him first. But it doesn’t matter to me, I would shut up and take the money and the other goodies hehe.

Staying Happy with God’s Love – Lessons in Hyderabad

Funniest thing happened, what is interesting about comedy is leading people to think about something a certain way then suddenly change that perception. Better you are able to mislead people in a certain way and change perception suddenly, it’s funny. Life is funny and enjoyable since God did the same thing with me, changing my perception. My day 1 in Hyderabad started not so well. But trusting in God, he made all that go away and made my stay really comfortable. I won’t really go into that part, since it’s not that interesting. I checked into a 4 ūüĆü hotel  which I didn’t expect. Plus all my coworkers got a cramped apartment, I got a 2 bedroom room for myself . It was great, work was fine. But the funny thing is I was focusing on the negative, such as lack of sleep or worried about huge amount of work. My co workers were excited and enjoying. They weren’t even Christians. So it happened, while leaving the office,  my excollege mate suddenly recognized me. He was a telengue fellow ( I could bet he doesn’t like me). Of course he walked up to me and started talking to me in his American accent. ( He had a pretty American girl to his left waiting to leave). He asked me where I worked, I said TCS. He in a cool way replied AMAZON. Then he asked me to enjoy Hyderabad and walked away. Damn was I depressed, wondering what I was doing with life. Then God spoke to me and told me ” Do you realize he is going to hell but your a believer”. Of course I argued back saying ” Yeah sure all he has to do is believe in you , he is in a better position than me. Of course it hit and later Andrew Womack teachings cemented the foundation. I valued my job  and other relationships more than Almighty God. It is because of that I couldn’t be happy. The value that I placed on my job and relationships was greater or equal to the value on God. The secret to staying happy is not having any problems but placing the right value on things of our lives. The reality is no matter how bad things can get for me, I still go to heaven. Almighty God creator of the Universe loves me. Having the right perspective with really keeping your mind fixed on God things God has done and will do according to the riches in heaven and Glory of Christ. I really want to develop it like a skill set, so I can stay happy always. I pray the same for you. Amen

Why praying in tounges is better than your Apple iPhone


The iPhones and smart phones evolved into something that has a deeper impression in our society. Especially technology that is easily accessible to common people. If you think about it, the really cool technology are ones your read about it in news. But it is really left to our imaginations to make sense about it. This is where iPhones and smart phones stand apart, makes it more easy for everyone or do they?
This is what makes iPhones so different in comparison to other smart phones.It is shiny and really usable for the non geeky people. Steve Jobs cared about something very few technology professionals cared about. Making technology easy to use for non technical people. In fact he was so obsessed. We can clearly see it in design of the Phone.

The Phone has only one button, so the user doesn’t get confused. There are allot of settings and configurations liberty stripped away. Why?  To leave out as much confusion that is possible. A CEO working 16 hours a day has only so much patience, infact none to mess around with the phone and figure things out. 

Infact there is a delicate balance of features and simplicity. To many features can make the tool complex, to less can make it unattractive for the price point.

In any real business, there is something called workflow, ie , technologies like the phone should be able to provide features and abilities to a person, without adding to his life any more complexities to that person’s life. 

Let’s get this idea straight, better and smoother workflow, higher quality and quantity of products. Thus profitable for business.  Technology should provide the necessary features without the complexity. In fact this is what makes iPhones so special, a 5 year old could use it easily.

The Mantra of the game is abstraction, is hiding as much unnecessary details as possible with maximum no of useful features. Which is infact very difficult to interpret  and to do; in a competitive environment.

Praying in tounges has the ultimate form of abstraction, when your praying in tounges. You don’t know what your praying for but the holy spirit in his infinite wisdom is interceding for you. 

Infact companies look to providing Customers with services that they didn’t ask thus by doing so; they add value to the service. 

Which is exactly what praying in tounges provides, anybody can do it as it doesn’t have any intellectual dependency but you pray for exactly what you need so you do well. It’s a amazing brilliant gift which is far far more useful and easy to do than your smartphone phone can ever hope to be.

Praise God.

A Nugget Post: Successful Christian

Hi Everybody,

Today’s nugget post topic is Successful Christian.

Lets Discuss

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Q.What devil makes so dangerous?

A.The Prince of Darkness (Devil) is a deceiver, who is deceiving Christians through people of prominence and authority.

Lets discuss the how the life of christian should be; promptly using few verses:

These verses are from  the letter written by Paul to people who lived in the region known as Galatia.

2 Cor. 12:7-10

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ‚Äôs sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.‚ÄĚ

“Lest I should be exalted above measure” sounds like it is not supposed to happen. But we know otherwise ¬†“thorn in the flesh” was given by Satan to “buffet me”.

We need to understand few words and phrases. Before we can proceed as it is essential to truly understand what the verse is trying to say.

Here a list we need to understand these phrases:

  1. “I rather glory in my infirmities”
  2. “thorn in the flesh”
  3. he messenger of Satan to buffet me
  4. my strength is made perfect in weakness

Most crucial explanation is the understanding of the 1st phrase which we will discuss.

The word glory used is differently. As we can see in Exodus  8:9 verse given below. Glory is used as being exalted higher in stature due to authority.

Deeper explanation of why is it the case:

Exodus 8:9

And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?

We see Moses says glory over me, telling him he can decide when to destroy the frogs!

We need to take the sentence as a whole to understand in the same way.

( ¬†The part of the verse¬†which we¬†are¬†discussing about:¬†“Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” .)

Glory usage case would translate the meaning as:

It’s the power of Christ that should rest upon him, so that he can exercise authority over the infirmities hence his glory.

Thus we conclude in depth analysis.

Conclusion: Just like apostle Paul, we will get many revelations and be exalted by God but Satan will continuously try to beat us down using his messengers. ¬†But will ¬†still glory by exercising authority over difficult situations, sickness,persecutions (“thorn of the flesh“) that is brought upon by messengers of Satan to continuously beat us down (“buffet”).

You can study this verse deeper by analyzing phrases like “thorn of the flesh”, “buffer” by checking this link: ¬†Teaching article by Andrew Wommack. You will get many references in this article and study this matter¬†deeper.

Thanks for Reading.

 

 

Pokemon Christians

Hi Everybody,

Some of you must be wondering what is a Pokemon? Just in case if you are living under rock. Pokemon is acronym for Pocket Monster. It is a famous cartoon initially created in 1996.But we are going to look at the game Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go is a smart phone  Augmented reality game.Where visual elements are superimposed on on reality. This is seen by using the camera on phone.

If you really interested in Augmented reality, you can check this link as per your preferences: android AR games,iphone AR games.

You must be wondering, what does this have to do with Christians?Pokemon Go truly has a religious following of millions of Pokemon fans. Add nostalgia and cool features to that as well. You have a good conversion rate, from people having no idea what a Pokemon is to being addicted to playing the game.

Just like a religion, it consists of entities with powers.

You might think I am a idiot to compare a game with a religion. This post is more of a study than my opinion.

Here is something interesting I found in Facebook:

Case Study(Atheism):

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This post as you will notice has 9500 positive feed backs. I can safely assume 9500 people think there is no difference between Pokemon enthusiast and God believer.

In Social Psychology there is interesting topic called False Consensus effect. We are going to look in depths into this theory in context, to establish this post more of a case study rather than a opinion.

According to False consensus effect, we are all intuitive psychologists.

Quoting thesis on “False Consensus Effect” (The name : “An Egocentric Bias¬†in Social Perception and Attribution Processes”)

“every social observer is an intuitive psychologist who is
forced by everyday experience to judge the causes and implications of
behavior”

Thesis PDF for reference:

False Consensus Thesis

As humans we need to make choices on beliefs and behaviors. Therefore we need to assess peoples behaviors in order to have  choices. Thus making us intuitive psychologists!!

This leaves a big margin for error or bias.As there is a entire subject in psychology called attribution theory. Study of models that help describe why people behave a certain way.

Since normal people like me or you are not educated in his field of study  for correctly explaining peoples behavior. We can easily fall prey to having wrong world views.

Quoting from thesis,

The professional psychologist relies upon well-defined sampling
techniques and statistical procedures for estimating the commonness of
particular responses.

Thus making my point.

 

In our Case 9500 people most likely don’t believe in God. As intuitive psychologists, people would ¬†assume their behavior is completely normal.

As this is Facebook, their prerequisite knowledge is no of likes on the pic before them hitting the like button.Although a huge population still believes in God, the atheists feel completely socially comfortable  liking the pic.

A atheist in order to chose this open behavior of liking the pic, they went by subjective impression i.e what they felt is “right”(need not¬†be necessarily right).

Quoting from thesis,

To the extent that their systems for interpreting social responses depend upon estimates of commonness or oddity they must, accordingly, rely largely upon
subjective impressions and intuitions.

As a normal person, wrong estimates of commonness or oddity of behavior can cause you to wrong conclusions what is acceptable/right or unacceptable/wrong behavior.

For example:

Is eating with left hand wrong? Is eating at a party with spoons wrong?

Questions like these, more than your own study,its subjected to acceptability or common behavior.

As a reader,

If you are a christian or believer in God, you would feel this is stupid. To compare fictional characters to your belief.

If you are a atheist, you would feel this comparison makes allot of sense.

As a person, you have made a choice to stick by your beliefs based on your own intuitive psychological study. Thus as a atheist, you would feel God believers are complete idiots. Vice versa.

If you are a Christian with a set of beliefs(As there are various sects) , that means at some   point in your life, you have already conducted your own intuitive,biased,naive study that  your beliefs are right. As of now you are reading this, most probably biased by your intuitive   study.

Likewise if you are a atheist with set of beliefs, that mean the same as well.

A Christian’s intuitive study is contradictory to a atheists intuitive study. Each will tend to find fault with each others study with great attention to detail.

Quoting from thesis:

The intuitive psychologist judges those responses that differ from his own to be more revealing of the actor’s stable dispositions than those responses which are similar to his own.

Just like Atheist vs Christians discussion, similar example quoting from thesis:

Thus, we contend that the person who feeds squirrels, votes Republican, or drinks
Drambuie  for breakfast will see such behaviors or choices by an actor as
relatively common and relatively devoid of information about his personal
characteristics. By contrast, another person who ignores hungry squirrels,
votes Democrat, or abstains at breakfast will see the former actor’s responses as relatively odd and rich with implications about the actor’s personality.

In fact I have stated the same thing,just taking out the Republicans and Democrats.

We can infer this from the bible verse as well:

Proverbs 27:17

King James Bible

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

countenance meaning: admit as acceptable or possible.

Having more people around you in acceptance with your own intuitive study will push you more towards applying it as behavior. If it is already right without doubt, this process is helpful. But if the intuitive study is questionable then it can lead to bias and wrong decisions.

Conclusion of Study

As far as atheists are concerned, you too are very much a victim of false consensus effect despite being a minority.

For Example: Evolution theory, a widely accepted theory among Scientists.

For Christians it is interesting to note that no matter what sect of Christianity you belong to, you are no better than the other sects.False consensus effect felt in group of like minded people. So it really doesn’t matter if you are Catholic or Protestant or Baptist or Pentecostal. You all can get into your own forms of stupidity and wrong practices. Of course maybe unique and different.

That is why we need to take Apostle Paul seriously as per 1 Corinthians 10-17

10¬†I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11¬†My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe‚Äôs household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12¬†What I mean is this: One of you says, ‚ÄúI follow Paul‚ÄĚ; another, ‚ÄúI follow Apollos‚ÄĚ; another, ‚ÄúI follow Cephas[b]‚ÄĚ; still another, ‚ÄúI follow Christ.‚ÄĚ

13¬†Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14¬†I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15¬†so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16¬†(Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don‚Äôt remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17¬†For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel‚ÄĒnot with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

 

 

 

 

 

Apples and Oranges in Christianity

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Hi Everyone,

We are going to discuss about apples and oranges in Christianity.Which is to say opinions(oranges) and truths(apples).

This is a obvious problem.People who first started out as Christians have forgotten that communication with God is a complex activity.

Problem or a Complex activity is stated in the  bible:

1 Corinthians 13:9

(New Living Translation)
Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!

Christians often forget the complexity involved in communication with God.

Some of the many problems, I could think of :

1.Accept  invalid information as  valid information

2. Reject valid information as invalid information

3. Take valid information out of context, make it valid information.

4. Argument between Christians whether something is valid or not.

5.Contradictory arguments among arguing parties, when both the arguments are wrong!

6. Two misunderstood statements that are actually in agreement or complement each other, but are argued upon!

 

Yes, this is nothing new. There is already a solution in place.

People like pastors,leaders are one way transmitters of information. The rest are listeners!

Like so:

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This is relatively a good solution.So thumbs up. But this too has serious problems.

These problems are implications  due to  these biases:

  • ¬†Bias towards popular leaders ¬†(Could be a legitimate reason¬†too)
  • ¬†Bias towards popular opinions ( Could be right too, just saying!)

Due to these issues, 3 things could happen:

1)   Leaving the group

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2) Getting kicked out.

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3) conflict among peers

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In order keep yourself safe from these biases, you can set some basic scope for usage of Opinions and Truths.

Think of opinions and Truths effectiveness as short range and long rang weapons.

You must wondering, why truth looks so much cooler and awesome.

Bible gives great importance to truth, verse. Good verse  below proves my point:

John 8:32

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

You will also find awesome promises in Sowers parable regarding the positive outcome of receiving and acting on the truth.( sowers parable reference given further below).

In a sense opinions work well only with people who you have a close relationship.That is with the person you are in touch with.Truth works well, when you are talking with strangers.

However both has its limitations.

Interestingly enough, Parable of sower backs up my statement:

Parable of Sower (for reference)

‚ÄúA farmer went out to sow his seed. 4¬†As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5¬†Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6¬†But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7¬†Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8¬†Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop‚ÄĒa hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9¬†Whoever has ears, let them hear.‚ÄĚ

Disadvantages:

  1. If the person does not understand the truth, it is useless.
  2. Person has allot of problems, not focused enough to process the truth.
  3. Person gives up along the way in following the truth

Thus unlike popular thinking opinion has its place. Yet again another bible verse to back it up:

Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

countenance meaning: admit as acceptable or possible

Meaning if it is honest opinion based on the truth. We manage to overcome the disadvantages of Truth spoken by itself ( Of course this scenario applies to relationships).

Just like a Math solution, we have reached a solution based on the study above:

Truth must be complemented by opinion, just like a ice-cream with topping.

Like so, yummy!

opinion topping

Thanks for Reading.