Sunday, December 30, 2007
Gods and Goddesses
During the September 2006 women's conference, one of the speakers (sorry, didn't write down who, and too lazy to look it up) was speaking about God's love for us, and said something to the effect of; "What does His love feel like? Like a mother holding an infant." And I thought, "Why can't you just get over it and say that God is our Mother?!?"
I find it fascinating (well, okay, pretty infuriating too) that so many of the scriptural/cultural references to our distinctly male God, use maternal symbolism. Born of God, nourished by God, gathered under his wing like a hen gathers her chickens... And as mormons, we theologically believe that there is a Heavenly Mother... but this is not Her they are talking about. All of her skills and talents and gifts have been appropriated and applied to the all powerful Father. When I let it, this can really piss me off.
Lynette wrote an amazing piece over at Zelophehad's Daughters about why she doesn't want to believe in Heavenly Mother, and this part in particular really struck me, "I am not persuaded that the doctrine of Heavenly Mother is actually all that positive, at least in the context in which we have it... if Heavenly Mother exists, what we have is a divine role model for women which may be more disturbing than no role model at all– one in which women are silenced to the point of invisibility, in which they seem to disappear altogether into the identity of their husbands."
Honestly, I think that it is sort of the favorite parent thing taken large scale... you know, will the baby say 'dada' or 'mama' first? And in our lovely patriarchal culture, you better be sure that all the good little children are taught to say 'dada'