The current patriarchal culture as seen in many societies has been perceived by some as the unseen cause of many problems in the world. Societies that have a strong masculine culture are suffering the effects of the imbalance of masculinity and femininity. Although there have been political, military and economic solutions aimed at the problem, has anyone declared that gender imbalance may be the cause as well as the solution to the current crisis?
The empowering of women is a revolutionary idea that has not gotten much traction in many cultures. Paradoxically, true brotherly love is absent when there are no mothers, aunts, daughters and sisters involved. Can a solution to today’s problems be traced back to a gender imbalance that has its cause in the misunderstanding of God’s original design for masculinity and femininity?
While everyone naturally has a mother and a father on earth, not everyone realizes they have a mother and father in heaven. Although the Principle of Creation clearly explains the duality of God, it doesn’t seem to take this concept to the next natural step, which is how to relate to both Heavenly Mother and Heavenly Father in a creative and profoundly personal relationship. It is apparent that God has been eternally multitasking in many areas and in many ways revealing Divine Masculinity more obviously than Divine Femininity. This viewpoint, however, hasn’t been fully appreciated or acknowledged throughout much world history, hence, we see human history as a story of suffering and domination which primarily is a more masculine, patriarchal direction.
The Divine Principle does not present gender balance when it relates Adam’s, Noah’s, Abraham’s, Moses’, and Jesus’ course, with little or no mention of their wives or family. Most of the Providence has to do with the central figures who were all men and/or their sons who were in the position of Cain and Abel. It is seldom mentioned that Eve, the mother of both Cain and Abel must have borne unknown sorrow seeing the suffering her children shouldered. Imagine her anguish when their trials eventually led to the violent death of her own cherished son. If Noah’s, Abraham’s, Isaac’s, Jacob’s, and Moses’ wives had an influence or even something to say about the Providence, it was hardly mentioned in the Bible or the Divine Principle. Yet their influence could have changed history for the better if they were not treated as chattel or second class citizens.
Moreover, the Divine Principle does not discuss Mother God, the feminine aspect of the Godhead. If other churches and Eastern religions recognize the existence of a Goddess or Mother God, why is the Unification Church only now offering theological affirmation regarding the real identity and manifestation of Heavenly Mother? Could it be that surrounded by a patriarchal culture outside and inside the church, She hadn’t been allowed to be readily accepted or recognized? Although True Father often said we are in the age of women, there was little discernible gender balance actually practiced in the church hierarchy.