As the social groups developed, the wilier males as well as the pseudo-alphas who were by now more of the bully persuasion, exploited the weaker members of the group, which included men, women and children. Some became warlords, and had their serfs form warring parties in order to grab land, women and anything else of value for the lord’s good pleasure. The men fought and hunted for the master while the women and children were used as field hands. The women were treated like cattle. As long as the prettier ones gave him sexual pleasure, for the lord had to the right to deflower whom he pleased, and as long as they were healthy and strong enough to work his fields and make healthy babies, they were kept and fed.
Thankfully, as the lords increased in power and number, some of their male offspring had more idle time, more time to think. This led to the development of reading and writing, which became a source of perceived mystic power. Forever wanting greater power by having a greater number of subjects, they decided to organize their serfs in a more efficient and orderly fashion. This led to the creation of religions, for those who possessed the written word were thought to be in contact with a higher being. Instilling fear in humans by saying that a god or gods would judge them after death and send the docile ones to heaven and the unruly ones to hell, was such a successful tactic that it is still in use today. First came Judaism 4kya, followed by Hinduism 3kya, Christianity in 325CE, and Islam in 610CE.
With regards to the Christian Church, the Founding Fathers decided that their religion, the Roman state religion, would apply to all. So, they proceeded to force everyone in the Western Roman Empire to accept the Nicene Creed. They decreed that the new Apollonius, the one they now called Christ, was the Son of God and not a prophet like the Essenes had always believed. In the process, the Christian Church perpetrated one of the worst blood baths in history as millions of ex-Essenes, referred to as barbarians in our history books, not being inclined to accept this new doctrine, were forced to do so under the threat of death.
However, the learned scholars of the Roman church had a lot of imagination when they started plagiarizing existing myths in order to create the New Testament. They were intent on writing a plausible story concerning Apollonius, the acknowledged prophet upon which the new religion was based, while making a few nips and tucks in order to make him acceptable to the Romans. The new Apollonius, now called Christ, just couldn’t be a teetotalling vegetarian. Meat and wine had to be added to his diet, and appropriate miracles, like the Wedding at Cana and the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fish, were incorporated into the New Testament to give credence to his divinity. And as the Christian Church built infrastructure throughout the Roman Empire, which included monasteries, convents and churches, the poor felt protected and connected for the first time in their history and were quite willing to accept the new gurus. After all, the new Christ was only an improved version of Apollonius, the one they had always revered.
The next step was to anoint Absolute Kings of Divine Right to rule over the different parts of what is today Europe, starting with Clovis in 481CE. Then the Church Fathers, in their effort to create a peaceful and orderly society, promoted monogamy as a reproductive solution. Although it was a needed development and improved the female condition, it was also limiting, in that married women now had to officially submit to their husband in every way.
Much later, when the Christian Church became the unofficial Church in the Americas, and later still, when the USA developed into a world power in the 20th century, Christian doctrine spread far and wide. The archaic views of the Christian Church, Catholic or Protestant, on matrimony and reproduction were so successful that they are used as a template to this day. The Church Fathers meant well when they made monogamy and matrimony the social standards, but unfortunately, in the process, it institutionalized male domination over the female.
The Church had a hard time dealing with sexuality, and the Adam and Eve story shows it was very macho from the very beginning. As the story goes, Eve was borne from Adam’s rib, and it was Eve who made Adam fall from grace. In the Garden of Eden, God had forbidden the couple from eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge. But Eve was taunted by a serpent to take a bite of the fruit, and after doing so, gave a bite to Adam, and the couple was banned from paradise. Another way of interpreting this myth is to say that, as first man and woman, they were meant to procreate, but when they started doing just that, they were banned from paradise. Not very shrewd on the part of a master creator! However, the trick was then to have everybody believe that God changed his mind and sent his son down on earth to die on the cross in order to redeem humans from their ‘original sin’, or the ‘reproduction curse’ that was sending hominids straight to hell. Thereafter, if one wanted to go to Eden after death, all he had to do was get baptised in order to be relieved from the ‘original sin’, the ‘existential sin’, or the ‘sin of the flesh’, depending on one’s interpretation.
Because the Church Fathers were very uncomfortable dealing with sex, they devised new myths. For instance, the mother of the Son of God would now be a virgin, for such a mother could not be a lowly animal that fornicated. Since that was a very difficult thing to swallow, it took centuries, right up to 1854, to have the dogma of the Immaculate Conception accepted. The Church fathers, in wanting to manage fornication, had always tried to have the faithful believe they were created in the image of God, and therefore, did not have sex like animals but made love. Very early on, fornication became synonymous with love, that is if you had a monogamous relationship in matrimony. But sex is not love, and today that erroneous inherited notion is causing us a lot of angst.
From the beginning of Christianity, women have been unwittingly cast in the role of Eve. They are the morally questionable ones who lead men astray. But luckily for mankind, the Son of God, a man, came to save humanity from the mess caused by Eve. Very macho indeed! That line of thinking is propagated to this day. Let’s take the AIDS epidemic where the media seem to imply that it’s the females who communicate AIDS to the males. Science tells us that the AIDS virus is transmitted by blood contact, and that it was men who were first contaminated when they supposedly practised bestiality on wild primates. Having sex with our wild cousins can’t happen in the best of conditions to say the least, and when it occurred, it caused lesions to the human penis, and hence the infection. Once infected, human males transmitted it to their partners, male or female, while practising sodomy. The anus not being designed to be penetrated by a penis, lesions in that area necessarily resulted, followed by infection. As for the women who became infected mothers, they transmitted it to their children through the umbilical cord. The fact that it’s the men who are the root cause of this disease is never made clear in the media or in our schools. Why do women continue to bear the brunt of such ignorance, and worse, let themselves be sodomized?
As the Church went forward with its ‘reproduction’ agenda, it continued preaching the 10 Commandments and especially the one that says ‘you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife’. Monogamy was definitely on their mind, but it wasn’t until the 16th century that the Church made matrimony a sacrament and institutionalized male domination. The bride was told that she had to ‘submit herself unto her own husband as unto the Lord, for as Christ is Head of His Church, so is the husband head of his family.’ In Pre-Cana, she was even told that she couldn’t deny sex to her husband, use any form of contraception, nor derive pleasure from the sexual act.
It is reasonable to conclude that although the Christian Church gave us social order by keeping the threat of damnation ever present in our minds, it did little to emancipate women. And although monogamy may be desirable for both men and women, it isn’t possible to live by such a high standard unless the couple is convinced that sex is not synonymous with love, that sex has to do with domination whereas love has to do with sharing common life goals. However, the two can co-exist if the partners create a lasting relationship based on mutual respect before having sex and making babies.