And you thought Adoptionsism was bad!
Report: Church in Sweden Calls Jesus Gender Neutral: He ‘Is Not Very Masculine in Physique’
A church in Västerås reportedly bought an advertisement in a Swedish newspaper days before Christmas, inviting those in the area to celebrate the birth of Jesus with worship, Christmas music, and a Christmas crib. But it did it using a gender neutral pronoun. [Gender neutral Jesus!]
The word used was “hen,” which is the gender neutral alternative to “hon” (she) and “han” (he).
Swedish news-magazine Expressen originally reported the story in Swedish, according to Dangerous blog. IJR translated it into English. [According to Dangerous: “Sweden is at the forefront of the social justice movement, and not even Christianity is exempt from the progressive push for inclusivity of genders other than male and female and a full embrace of the ‘gender spectrum.’”]
Susann Senter, who’s the female dean of the church, explained:
“There are many who have heard from us via Facebook, but I have also received positive reactions. We did not want to sex the little child right away […] [They didn’t want to “sex” the God man!]
Theologically, we are talking about Jesus as true God and man. A human is not just ‘he.'” [Generic man. Not even a kouros.]
She also went on to say that how people are treated based on their gender [not “gender”, “sex”!] has been a frequently discussed topic at the church. She added that although Jesus Christ was a man, her interpretation of the Bible makes him “beyond man or woman.” [ummm…. Meta-Human!]
“If I’m a little provocative, most 19th and [20th century depictions] of Jesus are quite feminine. He is gentle, has curly hair and is not very masculine in physique.” [So… a Jesuit?]
The dean concluded that “it is a strain that we always talk about God as ‘he’” and that “we can not change the texts in the Bible, but we can change our way of highlighting this.” [I think there are a lot of people who would disagree that can’t change texts in the Bible.]
Somethings are beyond parody.
What’s really funny is that today, 1 January, has traditionally been celebrated as the… wait for it…
Feast of the Circumcision.