God Vs Goddess: Off The Grid Columnist Bill Heid Defends Vital Role of Women in Christianity

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In The Meaning of History, Part Three, author Bill Heid examines the ideas of modern goddess worship and how it pertains to the role of history and defends the roles of women in history and God’s plan of salvation.

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She had no inherent spiritual power or worth. She couldn’t, by her own reserves of virtue and goodness, bring forth anything pleasing to God. That is to say, she was exactly like all of humanity, male and female—absolutely hopeless...

In his newest article, The Meaning of History, Part Three, author Bill Heid continues his analysis of the significance of history, building upon his ideas in the previous pieces in the series. In this, he challenges the modern idea of goddess worship and examines the vital role of women in God’s plan of salvation for all humans.

Heid describes goddess-worship in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries as “essentially pantheistic. It assumes the existence of a feminine spirit or principle immanent in the Earth or in the cosmos itself… She brings forth life, salvation, and healing out of her own being without any help from any male principle or power—and especially without any help from the masculine God of the Bible.” This idea must lead to a view that history is only Nature and nothing can give it any meaning or importance as nothing new can arise from it.

If this is the case, Heid remarks, “there is certainly no reason we should be paying university professors large sums of money to teach it.” If, however, one views history as the story of the conflict between God and Satan, its meaning encompasses everything important about salvation and ultimately humanity, making the study of history exceedingly important.

Though radical feminism tends to brush Christianity aside as overtly patriarchal, women constitute a large part of the history of redemption. Heid points out that “God phrased His first promise of redemption in terms of the woman.” Even though, like Adam, Eve rebelled against God, God promised to save her. Heid states, “She had no inherent spiritual power or worth. She couldn’t, by her own reserves of virtue and goodness, bring forth anything pleasing to God. That is to say, she was exactly like all of humanity, male and female—absolutely hopeless outside of Christ and completely passive before a gracious and sovereign God. As such, she was the perfect image for the people of God as Bride and Mother.”

Radical feminists say that women and men are posed against each other and women can only find true fulfillment through success in areas dominated by men. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In describes some of these issues inside giants such as Google and Facebook (http://www.npr.org/2013/03/12/174016175/lean-in-not-much-of-a-manifesto-but-still-a-win-for-women). However, throughout both the Old and New Testaments, God continually refers to His people using feminine terms, emphasizing the different yet equally important roles of men and women. He refers to the Church as the Bride and Jesus as the bridegroom, terms designed to show how the different roles come together to create something great .

Heid concludes, “The Lamb’s bride has a crucial part to play in that program [of salvation] as she trusts her risen Lord. Here is the true meaning of history.”

Bill Heid is the radio co-host of Off the Grid News, an independent organization devoted to providing practical information about living today and in light of the challenges of the future. He and his news team look for the truth beneath the facts of the top news stories and how they will affect your life.

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