Salon hasn’t read the Bible. I know this because 1) of course they haven’t and 2) they’d know Mary actually gave her consent to carry the child of God.
Powerful gods and demi-gods impregnating human women—it’s a common theme in the history of religion, and it’s more than a little rapey.
[I]n the Gospel of Luke, the Virgin Mary gets pregnant when the spirit of the Lord comes upon her and the power of the Most High overshadows her.
Now, Salon would have you think that rape and religion go hand-in-hand:
Who needs consent, freely given? If he’s a god, she’s got to want it, right? That is how the stories play out.
Whether or not the delectable young thing puts up a protest, whether or not seduction requires deception, whether or not the woman already has a husband or love, whether or not she is physically forced, the basic assumption is that the union between a god and a woman is overwhelming in an orgasmic way, not a bloody, head-bashed-against-the-ground kind of way. And afterwards? Well, what woman wouldn’t want to be pregnant with the son or daughter of a god?
However, there is long-standing religious belief that Mary took this on willingly, and it is even something I wrote about earlier today. If you’ll excuse the self-plagiarism here:
Being a young woman who was faithful and devoted, she was concerned, because she had never had any sexual contact with a man. Again, however, the angel consoled her, saying that nothing is impossible through God. Further, he explained that her cousin, Elizabeth, who was declared barren, had conceived a son and was in her sixth month of pregnancy.
Consoled thoroughly, this young woman said “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
The boldface is a direct quote from the story that we’ve come to know (and was specifically read this past Sunday at mass), and it shows that Mary accepted her role without question. Mary’s joy at the prospect of carrying the Son of God is further shown in Luke 1:46-55.
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of …read more