The importance of recovering the Divine Feminine is perhaps nowhere more clear than in the recent remarks of John Piper, who declared Tuesday that Godde intended for Christianity “to have a masculine feel.” He argues that Godde is revealed in the Bible in masculine terms (King, Father, etc.), creates humankind in “his” image, and appoints men as priests, apostles, church leaders, etc.
Many of these arguments have been addressed already by the Christian Godde Project: Godde is revealed in Scripture with not only masculine terms, but feminine terms as well (cf. Isa. 66:13; Luke 13:21,34; 15:8-10, et al.), and both women and men were created in Godde’s image (Gen. 1:27). For much more, see our page on Godde – the Divine Feminine.
As for the apostles, Piper seems to have conveniently forgotten about apostles like Junia (Rom. 16:7). And then there’s Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ first and most loyal apostle. According to Luke, accompanying Jesus during his earthly ministry was a prerequisite for an apostle (Acts 1:22), and according to Paul, having a vision of the risen Jesus was a mark of an apostle (1 Cor. 9:1; 15:8,9). Mary met both of these criteria.
Mary’s faithfulness to Jesus surpassed that of his male disciples. Thomas doubted him, Judas betrayed him, and Peter denied him, but Mary stood by him, both at the cross (John 19:25) and outside the tomb where she held vigil (Matt. 27:61). She was the first person to see the risen Jesus (Matt. 28:9; John 20:14-17) and the first to proclaim that he had risen from the dead (Matt. 28:8; Luke 24:10; John 20:18).
To these women could be added many others, including Mary and Martha, who recognized Jesus as the Christ (John 11:27); the woman at the well, who first spread the word about Jesus in Samaria (John 4:7-30,39); and the Syropohoenician woman, who taught Jesus to be concerned with people besides those of his own race (Matt. 15:22-28; Mark 7:24-30).
Women not only traveled with Jesus throughout his ministry from Galilee to Judea (cf. Mark 15:40,41), they also financed it. In fact the New Testament mentions only women as financially supporting Jesus’ ministry (Luke 8:3). So it seems to me that without women, there would be no Christianity.
So much for Piper’s “masculine Christianity.”