Since the ancient times up to now, there exists a gender divide with the women as the discriminated half of humanity. Evidences in the Old Testament attest to women bashing—Genesis 3:16 (Punishment for Eve), Numbers 5:11-31 (Test for an Unfaithful Wife), Ezekiel 16: 1-63 (An Allegory of Unfaithful Jerusalem) and Hosea 2:1-23 and 3:1-5 (Allegory of Israel Punished and Restored) to cite a few. It is good that in the New Testament, the anti-women mindset was overturned by the Messiah who is a true feminist, as evidenced by the narratives in Luke 7:36-50 (Jesus Anointed by the Sinful Woman), Luke 8:40-56 (A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman), Luke 10:38-41 (At the Home of Martha and Mary), Luke 13:10-17 (A Crippled Woman Healed on the Sabbath), John 4:1-42 (Jesus Talks with a Samaritan Woman), and John 8:1-11 (The Woman Caught in the Act of Adultery).
To this date, the punishment for Eve’s unenlightened daughters still holds power, “… with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you,” which is the root of all feminist pain and anguish. Women must seek freedom from this enslaving sexual desire to find peace, dignity, and true joy. It can be done.
Carcinoma of the Spirit
This situation is unbelievable but real-- martyr-wives opted to stay married to an abusive, alcoholic, philandering, violent husband and continue to give birth to his children; or a mistress could not cut off her relationship with a lover whom she knows to be married and could never give her a life of moral decency. Everything starts as a seemingly harmless and exciting attraction towards a handsome male, the euphoria of courtship, the delights of orgasm, the romance of the wedding ceremony, and then the woman is hooked and hell begins. Realities set in as the fleeting dream wears off— the pains of childbirth; the gradual deterioration of youth, wellness, and beauty; financial troubles; problems with in-laws; parenting blues; waning interest on the part of the husband; falling out of romantic love after two to three years; marital boredom after ten to fifteen years; and spiritual decay as one is swallowed down by the ways of the world.
Women may seek fulfillment in career, making money; or escape in the arts, entertainment, illicit affairs. The less discerning is not aware that the romantic notion discovered in one’s teens and nurtured in adulthood by multimedia, is like a deadly virus that found a host and continued to multiply the cell it has infected. Soon the infected cells grew into a full blown cancer of the spirit after a seemingly dormant period. Carnal and materialistic desires can keep us in bondage and we can only be set free through spiritual cleansing with the most precious blood of the Savior.
Cervical cancer, the second leading cause of death among women, and associated with indiscriminately active sexual activities, is caused primarily by spiritual issues that find metaphor in HPV or the human papilloma viruses. There are nearly 115 distinct HPVs. HPV 16 is the direct source of infection for nearly half of all cervical cancers. At least 30 HPV types target the genitalia. Approximately 15 types are cancer-causing types. Globally, types 16 and 18 together account for more than 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. Other types that cause cancer (in descending order of global prevalence) include 45, 31, 33, 52, 58, 35, 59, 56, 51, 39, 68, 73, and 82. A new vaccine that targets HIV 16 and 18, the most common cancer-causing types of HPV, is now available fortunately, in the same and yet unique way that spiritual healing is available in the past, at present, in the future and for all times for all of us who seek it.
Overzealous medical scientists recommend the injection of the anti HPV vaccine to young girls before the possibility of infection or their first sexual encounter, for their protection. But is it not far better to immerse them in the Word of God and righteous values and lifestyle to protect them. This is more desirable than telling our daughters this stressful and degrading explanation, “My child, now that you are already ten years old, I need to bring you to the doctor for a shot of the anti HPV vaccine to protect you in case you become promiscuous when you grow older or your future husband turns out to be a womanizer.”
Ultimate Cure for the Dreaded Disease
Breast and cervical cancers threaten to become a pandemic affecting women all over the world. There are survivors but there are also others who are dying. Some got cured but had a recurrence after five years. We know that life on earth is temporary and everyone will die but we need not suffer the torments of a dreaded disease. We can pass onto the next realm gracefully and with dignity. The first thing to know to avoid a dreaded disease or to get healed of it is to realize that there is something far deadlier than a virus and it is— SIN, which destroys the soul and causes eternal death. Sin is a pandemic and yet humanity takes it all for granted.
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, none is righteous, all our good works are mere filthy rugs in the sight of our Creator. Redemption rests in admitting our sinfulness and asking God’s forgiveness, accepting His Son, Christ, as personal Lord and Savior. Then we must strive to remain in God’s righteousness and walk on His blameless path. Not to do this is lethal for sin causes both physical and spiritual deaths. Let the sick among us find healing in Christ, for by His wounds we are healed:
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities,
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him
and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
When the Son of God offered His life as a ransom for humanity’s sins, our major problem has already been solved and all that remain are easier burdens. Can He who is mighty enough to redeem us not be able to heal us of our pain, fear and loneliness; as well as minister to our deepest longing and desire to be accepted and loved purely, unconditionally as a woman? We are most precious and honored in the sight of Jesus Christ, the greatest healer and lover. Let us strive to be beautiful as a woman not because we want to be loved, but because we are loved.
Prayer for all Women
Dear women readers, let pray for ourselves and for our daughters and granddaughters:
Our Father, Almighty God
You are all powerful, all knowing, all loving, omnipresent
You are infinite and can never be contained.
How can we ever know you fully with our finite mind?
Even if we live a thousand years, we still can never know You
Who is without a beginning and without an end;
But with the little discernment You so graciously allow us,
You multiply for our needs and is more than enough
To comfort us, give us peace, not as the world gives; and give us true joy.
Forgive us our sins of pride and selfishness, anger and hatred, greed and lusts,
For allowing ourselves to be seduced by modern day serpents
Into biting from the forbidden fruit and giving it to the Adam in our lives to partake of also;
Forgive us all our misplaced desires
Wash us clean with the most precious blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and then
Create in us a pure heart and a steadfast spirit so that
We will continue to walk in Your light and righteousness.
Oh God heal us, provide for all of our spiritual, physical, material and financial needs,
Give us freedom to be the best individuals we can be as
We surrender ourselves and our lives completely to Your plan for us.
Make us faithful wives and authentic mothers who nurture all children.
Empower us oh God to obey Your will and serve Your purpose for our lives
All these we ask in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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