I am always shocked by the inhumanity toward women. Just recently the story about 300 teenage females who were kidnapped by an extremist group is in the news now. There are religions in the modern era that continue to propagate the superiority of men over women. Even in the ancient history, we do not see prophets or apostles that were female. Until the twentieth century, women did not have the right to vote. There is plethora of examples in the past and today on the injustices against the female sex. Why has this occurred, and why do the religions continue to support the superiority of the male?
There is one religion where the founder is a female. This religion is called Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo). Why God would select a female to help save mankind is something to ponder about. This choice would appear to go against the natural thinking of the time about the sexes, and would certainly bring upon opposition from other religions.
The following is a conversation between the foundress and a male follower who she thought was treating his wife as a second-class citizen. As they were both looking out into the fields, she stated:
“Did you notice those pumpkins and eggplants? They are big, aren’t they? The plants bear fruit because the flowers bloom. Not a single plant bears fruit without its flower. Now ponder deeply. The world says woman is unclean, but there is nothing unclean about woman. Man and woman are equally children of God and there is no discrimination. Woman has a duty, a duty to bear children. Her monthly period is the flower. Without the flower there is no fruit. Understand this well. Take the pumpkin; if its big flower is gone, that is the end of it. In many things, there are flowers that bear no fruit. But to bear fruit without any flower is impossible. Ponder deeply. There is nothing unclean about it.”
There are definitely differences between males and females, especially physically. What was once thought as a negative attribute (menstruation) should now be thought as a positive attribute. The blood is God’s preparation for the growth of the future generation of children that will inhabit the earth. Without this cleansing, both males and females will cease to exist. Because of this special reproductive process delegated to women, should we not view women as superior to men?
It is with this equality of sexes that this religion was founded on. Please ponder these teaching that treat both men and women with respect and dignity. The reason God created mankind was so he could see them (both male and female) live a joyous life.