Luke 23: 27A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For the time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!' 30Then " 'they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!" ' 31For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"

What wonderful news, women have been created in the image of God !!! However, God is not a man nor a woman, tricky ah! God shared his Image with his creation and created them with different bodies. What many people do not understand is that God is not a man and because of languages barriers we reffered to the Divine One as God but patriarchy does not allow ourselves to call the Divine one Godess. However, our image with God is not related to our bodies, but to our spirits and souls.


By Rev Yenan Silen-Perez, PhD

To be able to define what is to be a woman, one must first clarify one’s philosophical point of view. I will approach this question, what is to be a woman, from a biblical perspective, from a western culture point of view, and from the premise that the Bible is God’s revelation for us humans, but taking also into consideration the hermeneutic rules for Bible exegesis. I am a daughter of God. I consider myself a born again believer in Jesus Christ too, baptized with the Holy Spirit and in a sanctification process. I do not sustain the position that male and female are equal, neither in biology nor in their thinking processes of perceiving and interpreting our world, nor in social, political and/or religious power, but we are equal as human beings, as God’s children. I know that men control our planet, expect to control the universe and the majority abuse their power and control. It is obvious that women are still struggling to achieve the position that God has assigned us.

My Human Nature

Since I am a woman, other women may share what follows, but it is mostly the result of my experiences in my culture. I believe that all women share a basic nature. Our interior nature, or inner-self experiences, and, our exterior nature or the way we feel and interpret our world, our surroundings, culture, education, social status, and time. Our inner and external lives are related and interconnected. Our external life influences our inner Self, but does not determine who we are. Our inner life needs to be free to manifest in our external world so that we can change and transform our exterior.
Women share in the way we feel and express those feelings through our bodies. Our body manifests our femininity, which comes from within, but it usually conforms to our environment. The way we dress, act, and communicate is a reflection of our culture, educational level, and social status, and an expression of how we feel, how we see ourselves and how we think others see us. As women, we have the necessity to understand our image, our identity, our essence, in other words, our human nature. Who am I? Why do I exist? What is my purpose? In my journey through life, I faced the necessity to define these questions separately from what the authority figures in my life tried to teach me. Then, I found myself redefining who I am, and why I exist from a biblical perspective. I was compelled to understand God’s word from a female perspective and interpretation, separating from the traditional male point of view.
Therefore, I asked God. Who am I? God answered, you are my child (John 1:12-13). I was conceived in God’s mind, appointed for this time of history to respond to the calling of my Father/Mother (Psalm 139:16; Ephesians 1:12-14). God saved me, forgave me, and justified me, sealing and filling me with God’s Spirit, which has separated me for God’s glory. God created me! I have God’s image and likeness in me (Genesis 1:26-27). I am a woman who has God’s image and likeness. I am not an animal of reproduction, neither a sexual object nor a maid, or a slave. I am more than a body that responds to desires and emotions. I am not an object to possess. I am God’s daughter created in His image and, I belong to the heavenly kingdom.

She is a Woman

mujer-rosa.gifIf our beliefs and values come from what we learned, the way we perceive the world, interpret our experiences, and from what we believe to be true; then we can be certain that our fundamental values and beliefs come from a male perspective. Our biblical history and religious interpretation come from a patriarchal and male dominant perspective. The Bible, God’s revelation, has been interpreted by men throughout history, from a male point of view. Our philosophical views were born and developed from a male perspective; psychology was born and developed from a male perspective. Men taught for centuries the roots and traditions that define who women are and how we should be. Men expect women to raise their children with patriarchal values and a “male- dominant” belief system.
Every idea meant to interpret the world has a standing point of view and/or a belief system. Women have to convince the men that are in power and control positions, our point of view regarding our understanding and interpretation of the world. The war between the sexes has substituted the war against the spiritual forces that are feeding this war. This battle is “not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
The women of the Bible, all of them, have a story to share with us, mostly stories of redemption. The story that really touched my heart was John 7:53-8:11. It changed my heart with the famous verse: “Then neither do I condemn you…Go now and leave your life of sin.”
The story consists of three scenes. The action of the story begins when the scribes and Pharisees bring the woman who was caught in adultery to Jesus and asks him to judge her case (8:3-5)… A careful reading of this story shows that Jesus’ focus is not on the woman, but is evenly divided between the scribes and the Pharisees, and the woman…Indeed, what is striking about this story is that Jesus treats the woman as the social and human equal of the scribes and Pharisees… When the scribes and the Pharisees brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus, they dehumanized her, turning her into an object for debate and discussion. Interpretations of John 7:53-8:11, that focuses exclusively on the woman and her sexual behavior as sin, continue to dehumanize and objectify her. The text does not isolate the woman’s sin, and Jesus does not single out the woman as “sinner.” Rather, the text identifies all the characters as in need of and receiving an invitation to a new life. Jesus does offer grace and mercy to sinners in this story, but the offer is extended equally to scribes, Pharisees, and women. (Newsom & Ringe 385-6)

Most women know, as the woman of this story how it feels to be treated as a sexual object, and as the root of all sin. Just as the woman of this story, women know what it feels to be dehumanized; I do know by my own experience. John 7:53-8:11 brought liberation to my life through the word “neither do I condemn you.” Today, God is saying to women no one can condemn you, because I do not condemn you. My grace is extended to you. God chose to deliver women and men from the lies of darkness and religion, and like many women, I accepted God’s gift to a new life. The new life is a gift from God to be part of His family into the light of the world, to come out of the darkness of wrong beliefs and values. The invitation is for women and for men alike, to walk on the true road, in the true light of life.
When we come to Jesus Christ, like him we also need to die. We need to die to the old nature, which are wrong beliefs, values, desires and motivations. We need “to demolish strongholds” the spiritual forces that are keeping us trapped, fighting against each other, sustaining wrong beliefs, values, desires and motivations. We need to “demolish arguments and every pretension that set itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2Cor 10:4-5) As is declared: “You are all sons/daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all you who were baptized into Christ—a spiritual union and communion with Christ—have put on (clothed yourself with) Christ. There is now no distinction, neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not a male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28)

I am a Woman

Being a woman has not been easy for me; I have suffered abuse and rejection from men and chauvinistic women, but I have found love and respect too. I learned that my battle is not against men, but against the belief system, against the “schemas” that involve us in wrong beliefs and emotions. Also against the lies that make you believe that women are guilty of the sins of the world, that women are: dumb, weak, silly, ignorant, emotional, incapable to lead, lacking authority, only mothers, prostitutes, a possession, an object of pleasure, house cleaners, diaper cleaners, cookers, the man rib and/or their helpers, among others. Now I know better and I can accept that God is in control and that He has a plan for everything.
What is to be a woman? It has been hard; I have had to walk a road that sometimes feels does not belong to me. It was continuously redefining me. As I approached my new definition, feeling that the world expectations were farther away than I thought came to overwhelm me. I was searching to ask God, “Who am I, to you God?”
Now I know I am the daughter of God, who has male and female attributes. I see myself as the temple of the Holy Spirit, free in Christ, and it is God’s love in me what gives me freedom, but I also see the necessity to carry my cross day by day and submit my will to God. I love myself because I am God’s daughter and, as family, I have everything I need in disposition. I am in Christ and with Christ. I have a purpose, to express Christ through my mind, emotions, and behavior, through God’s likeness in me. Furthermore, to bring glory to God through my femininity, by being feminine as I feel through my female perspective of God, and being free in my female understanding in Christ.
To be a woman is to manifest God’s femininity. To have the gift of being a life giver and like God, be a caring mother and a breast giver that provides comfort, security, significance and health to her children. To share with God beauty and creativity, a greater capacity for love, compassion and forgiveness; a rational mind, but also an emotional nature that strives for relationship, marriage and family unity.
To be a woman is to manifest the Holy Spirit by being a comfort to others, a counselor to many, by giving support and guide others to understand God’s truth; to manifest the gift of discernment and the power to motivate others to construct their full meaning and purpose in life. It is having a spirit, soul, and body as Jesus Christ and to share His sufferings, rejections, humiliations, crucifixion and resurrection. It is to be glorified with Christ in heavenly places and be seated next to God’s right side.
Being a woman is to be an apostle, a prophet, a pastor a teacher and a healer, as Jesus is. It is to be in Christ, and with Christ hidden in God. To be a woman is to have the beauty, the perfume and softness of a flower, and music in our voices. It is having the freedom and vision of an eagle, the strength and influence of the wind; the rhythm of the waves and the gift of the earth in our bodies.
To be a woman is to share God’s likeness. To have a purpose and the God given right to achieve it, to walk with dignity and respect, to choose life over death to glorify His name. We are the daughters of God, who belong to an eternal kingdom. As inheritors of His kingdom and ruling body, we are in this world to proclaim His truth and to participate in the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth.

In the Image of God

Women share with God many beautiful likeness. By the grace of God you are what you are (1 Corinthians 15:10). You are a chosen one; created by God with a purpose. You was created to be salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13). You were created to be an important ingredient in your family, in your neighborhood, in your work, in the world. You was created to bring flavor and to preserver through your presence. You are light of the world (Matthew 5:14). You are like a star in a dark sky, a lamp in a dark room, a moon in the night, a sun lighting the world, because you are a child of God (John 1:12). You are God’s daughter, a girl that is allowed to dance, laugh, smile, cry, jump, run and play.
By God you was predestined—determined by God—to be adopted as God’s daughter (Ephesians 1:5), to be redeemed and forgiven, and a recipient of His abundant grace (Ephesians 1:6-8).You are a daughter of God and one in Christ (Galatians 3:26, 28). Since you are a …daughter of God, you are heir of God (Galatians 4:6, 7), and a saint (Ephesians 1:1; Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2), a member of a chosen family, a royal priesthood, a holy nation of people for God’s own possession (1 Peter 2:9, 10), righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24).
You are part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life (John 15:1, 5), which is connected to Christ; Christ is in you and you are in Christ, you are filled with his life. You are Christ’s friend (John 15:15). You can talk to Christ, and depend on him. He elected you to bear His fruit (John 15:16).

You are a slave of righteousness (Romans 6:18). You are bind to Christ and all His goodness. Enslaved to God (Romans 6:22) and tide with chains of love to God, who will never leave you. You are a daughter of God; and God is your spiritual Father-Mother. You are joint with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him (Romans 8:14, 15, 17).
You are a temple—a dwelling place—of God. His Spirit and His life dwell in you (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). You are united to the Lord and one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17). You are a member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:30), a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) reconciled to God and a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19).
You are alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5) raised up and seated with Christ in heaven (Ephesians 2:6). You have direct access to God through the Spirit (Ephesians 2:18), that you may approach God with boldness, freedom, and confidence (Ephesians 3:12).
In Christ you are complete (Colossians 2:10). You have been filled with Christ Spirit and now you have a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). God had given to you precious and magnificent promises, which make you a partaker of Christ’s divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). You are complete in Christ!

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