This learning activity allows the readers and myself to explore our experiences to shape our opinions on what we think of the word deity means to us. We on a daily basis are exposed to what society has brought us up to believe in but this class continuously allows us to challenge the norm and what people consider to be the norm.
What are some of the metaphors for deity which you are familiar?
Some of the metaphors for deity that I am familiar with are words such as, god, lover, him, lord, christ, holy spirt, mother and king. Some that i do not consider to be natural to say are words like master, and companion. I feel that i have chosen words that represent a male figure, since all through our my life i have been brought to believe that god is a man and not a women.
In what ways have those metaphors been helpful?
The words that truly are helpful for all is “holy spirit”. This word allows any person to pray and believe in a deity. Whether female, male, black, white, spanish, etc, you are not limited and your faith in this “holy spirit” grows stronger rather than weaker.
In what ways are those metaphors limiting?
As you can imagine some metaphors tend to have people innately picture a man rather than a women. Words like “king”, “lord”, and “christ” all are connect to being a man. This is very restricting because women and all others are seeing a gender ranking in within a system that preaches of equality. The church is now an influence to all at such a young age to reinforce this norm that being a man, is being strong, and being a man is being the figure of authority. Church for many is an escape from reality, whether its an escape form work, friend, or any personal problems, church is supposed to be a place where your not judge but loved for who you are. But if you look closer at the details, you can see how the church is dominated by men, and the men are perceived as a greater gender and held up to a different light than women are.
What do you perceive as the consequences of taking these metaphors literally?
Since believing in a god, is believing that god is a man, this can only occur to having problems in one’s life. To view god ad being a man, you are believing in generality that men are superior in life. Sub-consciencelly you are experience a gender rank within yourself without you even noticing. This is seen on a daily basis, men are view as the provider for the family, men hold higher position in corporations, and men even make more than women. The church is an influence that many do not dare to question, so the church continues to preach and will continue to influence society the way it chooses.
Are there some metaphors you think have outlived their usefulness?
I believe some have but are hard to reshape. Obviously the male enforcing metaphors hare outlived their purpose. But to say that the female metaphors should replace them is still sparking the same problem of gender ranking. So we must be able to choose gender neutral metaphors such as lover and companion to be the metaphors that correctly portray the word deity.
What do you think of these metaphors?
These metaphors are some what shocking and go against the norm. God as mother is truly the one that sticks out. It encourages us to believe that god is a female. I would have to dislike this metaphor the most. It encourages gender ranking and i believe the goal of this learning activity is to find a place of equality rather then put one gender superior than the other. My favorite would be “God as companion” since it allows people to have a feeling that god is with us and will love us for who we are. the word companion can mean man or woman, but most of all the word companion gives us hope and faith for a brighter tomorrow.
In what new ways do they cause you to think about deity? What new ideas about deity do they suggest to you?
The one that caused me to think the most of deity is, God as gambler. It makes you think that god and us are alike. It allows you to believe that god is human and can make mistakes. That god is not perfect just like we are not. But more importantly god can related to our struggles and relate to our pain of being human. But there is one the only strikes confusion into my mind and that the one that states, The earth as God’s body. I truly do not know what this means. Does it mean that when we die we become one with the earth? that we as human do not have an after life?
In what ways do they call you to reappraise images of deity?
They allow me to think of deity as more of a gender neutral spirt. It allows me to not perceive god as a man, which can have positive impact on my daily life. It will allow me to view everything with an open mind and to start rejecting the norms that have been place by society.
Can you think of any shocking new metaphors that help you think about deity in original ways?
“God is us”, “God is accepting”, “God is gender”, “God is Mentor”, “God is Friend”. All of these new metaphors allow anyone to view god as a spirit and not to pass judgement n gender but to accept that god accepts. It will keep all of us open minded and will allow us to have a stronger faith in him and in mankind as a whole. It will also challenge the norms that society has continued to enforce, But most importantly it will allow everyone to know that a high being is watching out for us and will continue to be a spirit of faith .