If you have ever read the Bible, especially the Old Testament, you are well-versed in how women are viewed in antiquity. Poor Eve takes much of this blame unnecessarily. She really just stands for the emotional-nature united to the mental-nature or mind, which is Adam, that’s it. She was never naked and having a conversation with a talking snake, and she never ate a piece of fruit from a forbidden tree.
If people just took the time to understand mysticism, mythology, the symbolism of the words and how much that symbolism completely alters the meaning of the text, we would have never reduced women to a lower status. Because of religious texts and the misrepresentation and lack of understanding thereof, women today still struggle to find their footing in a male-dominated world.
Well, today let’s set the record straight on what the words really mean and how it changes the meaning of the text.
Okay, to start with let’s take a look at some quotes that come directly from the Bible:
To the woman 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 3:16
28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. Deuteronomy 22:28-29
He [Solomon] had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 1 Kings 11:3
Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man. Numbers 31:17-18
19 “‘When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening. 20 “‘Anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean. 21 Anyone who touches her bed will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 22 Anyone who touches anything she sits on will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, . . . 30 The priest is to sacrifice one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement for her before the LORD for the uncleanness of her discharge. 31 “‘You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place,[a] which is among them.’” Leviticus 15: 19-31
A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period. ‘ 3 On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised. 4 Then the woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her bleeding. She must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary until the days of her purification are over. 5 If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding. 6 ” ‘When the days of her purification for a son or daughter are over, she is to bring to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting a year-old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a dove for a sin offering. Leviticus 12: 1-8
Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 1 Corinthians 14:34
Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Colossians 3:18
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. Ephesians 5:22-24.
A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety. 1 Timothy 2: 11-15
For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head. 7 A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 1 Corinthians 11:2-1
No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as first-fruits to God and the Lamb. Revelation 14:3-4
But the list cannot be complete until we quote the early founding fathers of the church like Tertullian, a well-respected Catholic theologian:
“You are the devil’s gateway: you are the unsealer of that tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God’s image, man. On account of your desert—that is, death—even the Son of God had to die.”
And John Calvin, a leader of the Protestant Reformation:
“Woman is more guilty than man, because she was seduced by Satan, and so diverted her husband from obedience to God that she was an instrument of death leading to all perdition. It is necessary that woman recognize this, and that she learn to what she is subjected; and not only against her husband. This is reason enough why today she is placed below and that she bears within her ignominy and shame.”
These early church fathers never understood these ancient writings because they were reading and interpreting them literally when even the Bible itself tells you not to do so:
2 Corinthians 3:6 (KJV)
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
In other words, when you interpret scripture literally “of the letter” it kills, leads you astray, but when you interpret it spiritually “of the spirit” it gives life. It was purposefully written that way to keep the mystery secret to those that were “outside” of themselves, hence outside of the mystery or true meaning of the text.
These texts need to be spiritually discerned as you see in the following passage:
1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV)
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Okay, now for the keys to properly understand what is really being said.
The word “husband” means: “higher mind,” and the word “wife” means: “emotions.” If you use a guide like Gaskell’s Dictionary of Scripture and Myth, these texts come to life in new and amazing ways that show you that they are really about you and teach you how to elevate your consciousness to a higher level to obtain a deeper understanding of yourself.
So the emotional nature in all of us must submit to the higher mind within all of us. This is all the inner psychological workings of the human mind at play here. It has nothing at all to do with a woman submitting to a man, bibles, church, salvation or anything else. Nothing. It has been misunderstood for over 1,500 years and look at the destruction it has brought on women.
You too can become a member of the ancient mystery schools of old when you understand the symbology interwoven in these texts and be inside of the mystery where so few of us care to tread these days. The kingdom truly is within you.
But that place within most people is barren, just like Sarah, Abraham’s wife in the Old Testament, of which this story is an allegory because Galatians 4-24 tells you it is. But she gave birth by spiritual means to something called the “child of promise” that can be birthed within us all when we search for the kingdom inside us, just like Luke 17-21 tells you.
Luke 17:21 (KJV)
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
So many of the ancient texts are trying to tell you that you are already divine, that there is a spark of God within you. And the way to find that spark is to meditate, because when you understand the hidden meaning behind the words and apply that to religious texts you soon see the overwhelming connection to meditation and the kingdom within.
Share this with someone today that may be struggling with a literal interpretation and the chaos that it brings. If I was able to free my mind after identifying as a Southern Baptist, Pentecostal and eventual Catholic, so can you.