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Perfect Women

3/18/2008 - 03:03 PST

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wife to be all that God has called her to be and to fulfill her vocation in the midst of love.

But how are Christian women called? Once we get back to the basics, sans feminist messages to masculinize ourselves, and embrace our own inherent worth, we are able to find anointed role models in Scripture regardless of the different times in our lives. Has God called you to a position of great territorial authority like Queen Esther? Has He blessed you with a family in which you affect the world by the way in which you love and nurture your spouse and children? Or has HaShem called you to remain anonymous while you diligently work for Him just as Noah’s wife did? If Adonai has done the bidding, how can you refuse?

I would suggest that God counted on the women in Noah’s life, Moses’ life, Abraham’s life, and Isaac’s life just as he counted on the men. Imagine if these women had mistakenly bought into a message that their worth wasn’t in fulfilling God’s role but in pursuing roles designated by their pagan neighbors or their jealous adversaries. This isn’t to say that each of these women, and others like them, were without faults but that in their faults, and in their stumbling, they provide more of an example on how to live as a Christian woman today than any television personality or best selling self help book. They were the perfect women John Paul II wrote of when he said, “The perfect woman becomes an irreplaceable support and source of spiritual strength for other people, who perceive the great energies of her spirit. These “perfect women” are owed much by their families, and sometimes by whole nations.”

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  1. Beverly Alam
    6 years ago

    Your idea of feminism is so misconstrued that I almost couldn't bare to finish reading the article.

    You used a quotation from Pope John Paul II which stated that- The perfect woman becomes an irreplaceable support and source of spiritual strength for other people, who perceive the great energies of her spirit- a very honorable statement indeed. This is also essentially what feminists preach.

    However, YOUR article implies that feminists are devilish and manipulative for believing that women should be viewed as equal to men. You said that feminists preach that women are only fulfilled when they take on a masculine role in LIFE. THIS IS NOT WHAT FEMINISTS PREACH. They believe women should attempt to break the negative stigma they hold in SOCIETY. These stigmas include being weak, stupid, only-good-for-one-thing, less than humans. Thus, feminists argue that women should attempt to hold stronger faith in their own self worth. Persuading women to take on a masculine role in society is FAR different than persuading them to take on a masculine role in life. They should not wish to become a man, but only to hold the same value in society as a man. I believe that Pope John Paul would agree that this is an admirable mindset for a woman. In light of this, I believe that you have misunderstood his writings and will remove this text from public view.

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