Sunday, August 02, 2009
'God is not your bitch'
God is not your bitch.
Our interests, our ethics, our desires, our sexual selves do all engage in the entirety of the spirit of love -- which is, I think, one way we would agree to understand God.
So, in short, it seems to me much more true to say that God IS my bitch... my loving, hovering, maternal and demanding bitch who calls me to live with as much good intention, thoughtful resolve, brave and gonzo boldness as I can muster... even in my sex life.
I don't think the point trying to be made is made very well in way it is.
The demanding characteristic is never separated from the loving characteristic.
It is the hypocritical judgement of conservative Christianity that is one target, but Mark Morford confuses that target with his other one: his disbelief in the omnipresent, omniscient, omni-benevolent God that "organized religion" believes in.
I can't go with him there.
Ya know, I guess yer right, that one can infer that he disses the idea of a personal God. The thing is, I struggle with that, myself. Sometimes the only thing that keeps me from not dissing the idea is the fact that Jesus his own self prayed to such. But even then, I scoot in on Jesus's coattails.
As for the B-word, I can't see it as anything but derogatory. I mean, I've heard it used two ways in my 45 years: as a put-down, and to refer to a dog. But then, this is how language evolves ... LOL, but I don't really see "God is my loving, hovering, demanding Bitch"
takin' off. :-)
What I do in the bedroom is a part of life and, thereby, Love. It has ethics, morality, sacrificial claims, releasing self and honoring self claims.
Just like taxes.
"Bitch" up here carries many, many different connotations depending on situation. Sexually aggressive (not necessarily in a bad way); interpersonally aggressive (not necessarily in a bad way); strong female leadership (in a good way); too strong aggressivity (not too good in whatever domain); too strong leadership (not good for a female leader).
It can be used for men or women, except that in strictly straight male or female contexts, it is never or rarely (respectively) used in a positive light of "strength."
To the extent that God can be metaphorized as "passionately desiring union with creation," or "the kingdom is taken by force," or that God is "jealous" God, infused in all that you do in your day, that motivation can come from a sense of the nearness of the Spirit, then the poetic metaphor of God is my Bitch can be a colloquial shorthand where that word has the appropriate working connotations.
He is Frances Thompson's "hound of heaven," as it were, hunting down your soul in the best sense.
Donne and Herbert write about the same bitchy qualities.
Ya know, I do have that sense, too, and fits the references to God as brooding hen. To me. We had chickens when I was growing up. Baby chicks were all in it together, but seeemd to be attracted only to the warmth and the ... sheer gravity of the hen.
and what god isn't? ;)
"I do have a sense that everything is connected"
"godhead is my bitch"?
ps, "bitch" be universal, bitches.
(Hey, we actually sang whatever hymn it is that mentions "Three-in-One" yesterday and, as usual, I had to bite my lip to keep from LOL. ... I'm talkin' about the oil reference, son, the oil reference, not, ah say, not the doctrine ...)
I think it is the force of either "my personally Owned god" or "your own personal Judge" that I object to.
In the sense of feeling connected personally, that is a rare and cautiously useful spiritual experience for me. I resist a temptation to take my personal experiences as normative until I've done a great deal of reflection on it.
That they are good for me goes without question, but I find that I'm such a know-it-all that I'd be prone to see my life and the lives of those around me as the picture for everyone.
In this sense, I choose to image and relate to God as manifold and cosmic, rather than personal.
Didn't Sanford claim God was a guiding force in his life BEFORE this scandal? Why are we to believe him now? Hasn't he already proven that he's better at lying and cheating than at being in step with God.
Antidote to the poison of America.
Gallic as in French or Spanish?
(al-Andalus is also an antidote.)
Re, "Didn't Sanford claim God was a guiding force in his life BEFORE this scandal? Why are we to believe him now? Hasn't he already proven that he's better at lying and cheating ..."
Well, we're all effed up in our ways. ... If I have a complaint, it's the columnist's: the lack of sensibility and dubious repentance involved when someone whipsaws from me-and-God-are-buds, to selfish crisis, to me-and-God-are-buds again, in a matter of what really amounts only to a few hours in the public light.
God as rescuer I can get behind. God as one who can, as "Bitch" suggests, be ordered up like a delivery pizza, not so much.
On the other hand, God is relentless in God's pursuit of human beans.
I just think people, whey they get caught with their Jesus Jams down, should just slink off and deal with it OUT of the public light for a long, appropriate time, if not for good.
I think this is rather more on point, though, than the columnist, who gets his targets confused.
He wrote: "This is the greatest wonder of all: In the impossible vastness of time and space, God cares most desperately, most fanatically about this particular swirling blue dot of inconsequential dust we call home."
Well, yeah. That is the utterly preposterous backdrop to any faith tradition that posits a personal God.
Juno and a whole bunch of them bitch goddesses and mortal women.
The original rant kind reeks of Unitarianism don't it.
What ever happened to the bound on earth bound in heaven church power stuff?
Maybe the Lord just delegates the low level sins and misdeeds to his women folk.
Before we get to figuring out who this God is, this column is, maybe not a first step but at least a lifting of the foot and a pointing in the right direction of a first step, toward making sure we are clear who this God is not. Gov. Sanford seems to think the politically ritualistic incantation of "God" will be enough to rescue him politically; with some of his constituents, it may just. The author of this column is suggesting, I think, that for many, the empty rhetoric is more than just humorous; even for a non-traditional believer in "something more", this kind of divine name-dropping is less about God, and more about making sure that God keeps the person going as he or she is.
or maybe I'm reading too much in to this. I still like the whole bit about God really not liking your girlfriend. Too funny.
We expect our friends, brothers, father and mother to give a damn about us and our sex life and girl friends and just about everything else in our lives. God is not your bitch, but he has been sold as dang near everything else that is personal to us.