A gift of Art....8 year old girl
Have you seen this painting of ..."The Prince of Peace"?
Akiane painted it when she was 8 years old! and it is the size of a wall....Check out her amazing story...click here talk about beauty and honoring of a woman (young girl) with a gift of Art like this!!!
Anyway, thank you for sharing this..It makes one think again.
Godeliva van Ariadone
Have a good night
Giodeliva van Ariadone
There is a very good book called, A Chance To Die, about Christian missionary Amy Carmichal. She saved infant and young girls and many boys from lives of utter horror at the hands of the "faithful" in India. Very good book written by Elisabeth Elliot.
(I'm trying to get the word out for this Christian site too).
Irish convents which took in 'fallen women' up until relatively recently were hellholes of abuse and oppression for the girls who were sent there - all in the name of Christ, of course!
Then of course there are the sexually abusive Priests we are so familiar with in the UK and Ireland.
Buddha is actually no more an idol to Buddhists than representations of Jesus are to Christians, or Hindu Gods to Hindus. I do agree that representations of Buddha have become idols in the west - a consequence of the spiritual marketplace, sadly.
Finally, not only has Christianity been interpreted in a way that is oppressive to women, it has also been used to pave the way, via missionaries (and let us not forget the Church actually supported slavery), to slavery - and through slavery to the rape and abuse of female slaves, often by people who would have seen themselves as God-fearing. Similary the Bible has been used to justify burning people at the stake, killing people for having a different religion - etc. I think when we talk about things like this it is absolutely vital to look at the whole picture and to separate out Religions as human insitutions - and thus as flawed as the people who set them up - and the ways in which human beings will adapt anything, including Christianity, to justify what they want to do from the mystery that is God.