Over the last month, we have examined femininity in our faith and the church by looking at different women from the Old and New Testament. I tried to choose a variety of women who played a variety of roles. I assumed when I started on this project that finding a variety of women in the Bible would be difficult, but I was pleasantly mistaken with what I found. Even a text that was written largely by and for men in an age where even the names of women were unimportant, there were women throughout the pages that provided answers and models that still hold true today.
The Christian faith can be extremely alienating to women. God is most frequently pictured as an older man with a beard. But that image could not be further from the truth about our faith. God created men and women in God's own image and it would not be incorrect refer to God not only as our Father, but also as our Mother. God, as a spiritual being, is no more man than woman and therefore, does not place a greater value or emphasis on either sex. Although different skills and physical abilities were granted to each, men and women were not created to lead and to be led because of their sex. To believe that men have a greater spirituality because they are men "like God" would be simply wrong.
The reality is that our understanding of God and the pronouns and titles we use for God are limited by human language. We are unable to truly express the reality of God, which is why the Old Testament is more likely to avoid even naming God in the first place our of respect for the greatness that is God! Don't let human error and failings interfere with your relationship with your God. Don't assume that because it was written and filtered by men that the Bible and other Christian teachings have little to offer us as women. God has blessed us with role models who would do great and small things in God's name and will continue to do so. Scripture, the saints, and our own communities are filled with women of faith who would like nothing more than to help you draw closer to God.