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Women Disciples

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The Samaritan Woman at the Well
By Gustave Dore


Jesus talked to women in public, such as the woman at the well in John 4 and the woman accused of adultery in John 8:1-11.  Jesus touched and healed the "unclean" woman with a flow of blood in Luke 8:43-48.  In Luke 21:1-6, Jesus said that a poor woman gave more than rich men gave, because she gave all that she had. 


Then he went on to predict the destruction of the whole Temple system that wounded and oppressed weak and vulnerable people like the poor widow.

Read through the Gospel of Luke and notice the role of women.  Luke 1 and 2 tell of Mary, the mother of Jesus, as well as Elizabeth and Anna, who emerge as more open than the men to knowing and doing the will of God.  Women disciples of Jesus are listed in Luke 8:1-3 and mentioned in 23:49, 55-56; 24:10-11, 22-24 and in Acts 1:14. 


The most revealing passage on women as disciples is Luke 10:38-42 where Jesus visited the home of Mary and Martha.  "Mary was LISTENING to the WORD of Jesus, SEATED at Jesus' FEET."  These few words announced the dramatic revolution of the role of women in the life and ministry of Jesus.  Each word is powerful.  "LISTEN" is the first word in the Hebrew Shema (which is Hebrew for "hear") in Deuteronomy 6:4: "HEAR O Israel, your God is One."  This verse was included in phylacteries that were worn by devout men.  "Listen to Jesus" is the instruction of the voice at the Transfiguration in Luke 9:35, which recalled Deuteronomy 18:15, 18, where a prophet like Moses will come and the people will "listen to him."  

To "sit at the feet of" Jesus made Mary a disciple.  See Acts 22:3, where Paul uses "sit at the feet" to tell of his being a disciple of Gamaliel.  The sight of Mary in the posture of a disciple was very threatening to her sister Martha.  Jesus' words to Martha were intense:  "Martha!  Martha!  You are anxious and bothered about so many things!  Mary has chosen the good thing, which will not be taken away from her." But the church, including many sister Martha's, has been trying ever since to deny Mary and all women the freedom to be disciples of Jesus! 

Challenging and correcting the misuse of the Bible against women helps all minorities to overcome Bible abuse.  A fresh look at the role of women in the life of Jesus and in the mission of the church speaks directly to acceptance and freedom for gays, lesbians and all people alienated and oppressed by religion.


Jesus appeared first to a woman after the resurrection, and this woman, Mary, was the first preacher of the good news of the victory of Jesus over sin and death for all people.  Read John 20:11-18.  According to Paul in I Corinthians 15, seeing the risen Christ was what made a person an "apostle" from Greek apostello, meaning to send on a mission representing the sender.  So the first apostle and preacher of the resurrection was a woman. 

The appearance of Jesus to Mary was no accident.  Peter said to Cornelius in the first preaching of the gospel to Gentiles in Acts 10:34-43 that God does not show partiality.  Everyone is welcome.  Acts 10:40-41 states: "God raised Christ up on the third day, and granted that he should become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God."  GOD selected a woman to be the first witness to the resurrection, the first preacher and the first "living stone" in the Church. (I Peter 2:1-10).


This Update was added June 3, 2004


During his campaign for re-election, Present George W. Bush has concentrated on two GLBT issues.  He calls for a Constitutional amendment to forbid same-sex marriages.  He also promises in his campaign to find a way to give federal money to "faith based social services."  "Faith based" can be translated "Bigot based."  This plan would allow anti-gay religions like Southern Baptists to fund their "Ex-Gay" campaign with federal money.

The attempt by the President to curtail some of a woman's right to an abortion through a recent law that he manipulated Congress to approve has just been ruled unconstitutional by a federal court in California.  The US Supreme Court will decide.


The President is running his campaign on a basic denial of the United States Constitution.  The Constitution requires a clear separation of state and church.  Bush ignores it.  The Constitution guarantees the right to equal treatment under the law for all people.  The President wants to deny this by excluding GLBT couples from the legal recognition and financial benefits of marriage.

The President is looking backwards at old prejudices, misinformed abusive religions attacks against GLBT people and is ignoring the revolutionary changes in public opinion about many morals and human behaviors. The ignorant, outworn, festering anti-gay prejudice against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered people that is developed and preached in countless churches and other places of worship are being proclaimed as if the hate and rejection of GLBT people was clearly taught in the Bible.  It is not! 

Homosexuality and homosexuals are not an abomination to God.  The abusive use of the Bible against GLBT people, however, is a horror and an abomination to God!  (See all of my website material on "The Bible and Homosexuality.")


School graduation exercises are underway during this time of year in thousands of high schools and colleges.  One of the clich�s that is often repeated by commencement speakers is: "The future lies before you!"  Of course it does. 

Your future cannot lie anywhere else but before you!  Look to the future, not the past.  Religion glorifies and protects the past. Religion tries to control people's thinking according to an extinct world-view and on the basis of a confusing and incomplete history of a special nation of people.  Religious teachings and commandments that are frozen in past time and in the form that they are available to us are useless and destructive.

Many religions today are like a mosquito trapped in a block of translucent amber: ornamental but entirely useless.  An army of religious "experts," however, labors long and hard to revive that ancient mosquito to send it forth stinging, biting and destroying multitudes of people.


The future for GLBT people to enjoy full acceptance and respect depends on the accurate available information that is within everyone's reach on the Internet.  Just as destructive for us as the President's proposals and laws is the convoluted uninformed misinformed explanations that he gives for supporting blatant anti-gay federal activities. 

One of the most disturbing features of the President's current campaign is the showing of a lengthy video on national television that gives the details of his religious "born-again" conversion and rabid fundamentalist point of view that he has developed over the years.  If the President of the United States is so dangerously misinformed about homosexuality and the human rights of GLBT people; how about the rest of the population?


The truth about sexual orientation and about the destructive forces of abusive religion has been available for years on the Internet.  On September 14, 1997, my website on "STEPS TO RECOVERY FROM BIBLE ABUSE" was published on the Internet at  Later, in January 2000, Chi Rho Press published my book of research, detailed, explanations and weekly lessons for small group study and dialogue.  (See links below.)

My website now receives over 4 million hits a year and is linked to most of the leading GLBT supportive websites on the Internet.  "" is used by GLBT people for information and encouragement in dozens of countries and many diverse cultures.

A flood of well-researched and carefully documented publications and websites has continued to carry the bright light of the truth about sexual orientation and GLBT people around the world in many languages.

Go to Yahoo! Or to Google and type in the name "Truluck" or "Recovery from Bible Abuse" or just "Bible Abuse" and you will be given thousands of other websites that use or give links to my website.


The world of sexual orientation has turned a corner in history and can never be the same again.  The truth is out there for anyone who really wants to know the facts.  The anti-gay forces spearheaded by the "Ex-Gay" industry are also out there draining the truth from the brains of millions of gullible followers of abusive misinformed religions and manipulative misguided politics.

No matter what happens to me or to the many other teachers, activists, writers, and publishers that have opened the doors of truth that nobody can shut; the truth goes marching on and cannot be ignored or destroyed.


We have seen and enjoyed great progress in acceptance and support from a growing base of fair-minded informed people.  The war on religious terrorism is still the greatest challenge facing the GLBT community.  Freedom from oppression always comes at great cost.  What has your freedom cost you?

We do not march alone.  I have been amazed at the great variety and number of GLBT supportive actions and leaders that are emerging and joining with us in every language and every culture in the world!  I first began to write the material that is in my website and book on recovery from Bible abuse and to teach a small group study at MCC Atlanta in 1981.  At that time, my friend Dan was active in the church and remarked to me after we had shared in several years of these studies that he would like to see more people know about these materials than just the small group that studied and explored them the first time.

Little did I suspect where all of this would lead in the next 23 years!  A great army of informed GLBT people has arisen at every level of life throughout the world.  Our own "band of brothers and sisters" is in the millions now.  Once Thomas Edison discovered the truth about electric lights, the world was never the same again.  The light of truth about sexual orientation is now and forever shall be available to all people everywhere as long as the human race lasts.

Rembert Truluck
PO Box 24062
Oakland, CA 94623

Thanks again to all of you who have contributed to my website and book ministry.  Special thanks to my publisher Adam DeBaugh and Chi Rho Press that have greatly encouraged and financially helped me during a very difficult time.  You can send financial help directly to me at my address above.

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One of the most helpful things you can do is to buy copies of my book and start your own small group study and dialogue in your own home or in some other convenient place.

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This material was added as an update on April 3, 2002:



The Jesus world of 2,000 years ago does not exist anymore.  Rapidly receding into the misty past, the world of the historical Jesus is in many ways beyond our grasp and comprehension.  You cannot enter into the first century world of Jesus any more than you can enter into the world of cats or mice or protozoa.  You simply do not fit into any time capsule that really works.

Historical critical study of the Gospels has failed to cross the wasteland of 2000 years of misrepresentations, distortions, and manipulations and neglect that shroud the historical Jesus in complete mystery.  Novels, movies and an endless flow of television specials have pictured inaccurate imagines of Jesus so effectively that most of us have great difficulty in letting go of fantasy long enough to enter into any realistic relevant experience of Jesus for us today.

The Jesus you that meet in the media is not real.  The "you" that you meet in the media is not real either!  The television advertising industry has effectively convinced most of us that there is something terribly wrong with us that can be fixed only with the right medications, cosmetics, foods, entertainment, professional advice or car!


You have been so inundated by misinformation about Jesus that you probably have given up any hope of meeting and enjoying the real Jesus, whom you firmly believe must be "out there somewhere."  Perhaps "out there somewhere" is part of the problem.  The Spirit of Jesus is not "out there" but is within you already, or is nowhere at all.  Perhaps there is no "Spirit of Jesus" to know and experience, after all.  I choose to believe, however, that there is.

You do choose what you believe, don't you?  Nobody can force you to believe anything spiritual or true.  The truth will set you free, but the question of Pilate and for all of us is: "What is truth?"  Most important of all: "What is the truth about Jesus?"  Is truth to be found in memorizing the Bible "from cover to cover"?  Which a surprising number of people have done!  Such devotion never goes unpunished, often producing a level of arrogance and obnoxious legalistic "know-it-all-ness" that kills the Spirit and drives wedges between people that nobody can fix.


All of this leads to the question of how do we find and experience the real Jesus.  What does it take for us to look within and be open to our own intuition and ingrained unlearned truth?  What do you already have in yourself to give you truth about Jesus, or about anything else?  As you now sit on the pinnacle of millions of years of human evolution, what advantage do you have?  How can you tap your own inner "image of God" with which you were born?  Do you have to get rid of some spiritual and social baggage first?  YES!

But how?  What do you find when you look at what has always been there all along, but you could not see before?  My sister and I were on her rooftop deck a few nights ago, and we looked up at the night sky to see the magnificent "Big Dipper" and the North Star.  My sister commented that when she first looked up to see the star constellations at her studio in Oakland, she thought of how remarkable it was that she was seeing exactly what she had seen years ago in Atlanta when she looked up at the starry night sky at a friend's farm out in the country.  Some things don't change, no matter where you are or whom you happen to be with.

You already have a storehouse of reality and truth within that simply awaits your conscious notice and observation.  As you explore your own inner world, you are exploring the Jesus world.  You have a highly developed memory.  So did Jesus.


Jesus was not an illusion.  Jesus was a human being, just like you.  You can start there.

Whatever else the Gospels say and imply, they show that Jesus was clearly human and uncompromisingly claimed and celebrated his humanity.  Jesus refused to do miracles on demand, turn stones into bread, play religious games, or deny his humanity by making his understanding of God and the Spirit into magic or ritual.  Even though he could have done it, Jesus did not "come down from the cross" to convince the skeptics that he was real.

What have you been demanding that Jesus should do in order to convince you that Jesus is real and that Jesus is already with you and within you?


Easter Sunday was celebrated all around the world.  Yet there is no objective historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus.  The initial reaction to the empty tomb was that the disciples had stolen the body while the guard soldiers slept.  Later, the personal experiences of many people with the real Jesus gave a basis for belief in the resurrection, though those personal experiences were often questioned and refuted even within the Gospels.

Your personal experience with the risen spiritual Jesus may seem like a very slippery slope into truth, but it is the only viable path that you have; so take it.


Have you ever felt like you were being crucified by well-meaning people who did not realize what they were doing to you?  I have.  Yet, such humiliating frustrating attacks upon you are teaching you what you need to know in order to continue to live and grow in spirit and in truth.  You just don't realize what you have been learning until much later.  Reflect now on how God has used the worst things that happened to you to teach you and prepare you for what you are doing now.

Perhaps you have yet to see the value of the humiliating frustrations that you are experiencing and that are parallel to what Jesus experienced also.

As you reflect upon the ways in which you own life is parallel to events in the life of Jesus, what most stands out as significant to you?  What do the Gospel experiences of Jesus tell you about yourself?  At what points do you most identify with Jesus?  Spell it out.  Write it out.  Share it with your study/recovery group.  Send e-mail and tell me about it.


One result of my exploration of my own inner world has taught me is that nothing that ever happens to me is unrelated to Jesus and how Jesus is portrayed in the Gospels.  Every disaster, every test, every joy and success in my life has parallels in the life of Jesus in the Gospels.  How Jesus related to people is one of the realities that speaks most directly and forcefully to me.

If I were to give a general all-purpose answer to the question: "What would Jesus do?"  It would be: "Be yourself" and be grateful for who and what you are.  Once you can accept and be yourself, you can accept and affirm other people.  You have to love yourself before you can "love your neighbor as yourself."  The world of Jesus is already with and within you.  The Spirit fills you with love and guides you along the path of self-acceptance, self-esteem, and outreach in love and acceptance to others.

It only takes two people to form a group for dialogue, study and spiritual recovery.  Have you found or formed your group yet?

Rembert Truluck

Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life�Follow me."

Today, I am meeting with Todd Holland and Ashley Moore, the director of the transgendered gospel choir of the City of Refuge here in San Francisco.  Todd is making a video about the choir and they have asked to interview me as part of the video.  The choir is "Transcendence Gospel Choir" and you can click here to view their web site at: TRANSCENDENCE GOSPEL CHOIR.

Plans are being made by the Broadway Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, to make the most of my visit there April 19-21 to preach, lead workshops, do interviews and a book signing.  I am grateful for Gerry Young and all of his great work in advertising and preparation and for the help of my friend Ken Gies in his efforts to get the word out about my book and about this visit.  If you are in the Kansas City Area, please contact the church, look for article about my visit in the local gay paper, and come to the activities.

The following material was added on February 3, 2001.
This "Update" deals with the continuing problem of discrimination faced by minorities and others today.



I learned about "white privilege" from my African American Lesbian friends Carolyn and Adraine when I was in Houston last month.  I am ashamed to say that I never realized how unfair and how prevalent "white privilege" is in our culture.  Simply put, "white privilege" is the preferential treatment that white people receive in our society simply because of their race.  It also means the systematic neglect of people of color.  This injustice is just as pervasive in LGBT society as elsewhere.

I have begun to realize that as a European American, I unconsciously accept the benefits of "white privilege" without even realizing what I have been doing.  "Male privilege" is just as unfair and disturbing.  Whenever I allow myself to be noticed or served first for no other reason than my race or sex or I am given more attention for my opinion than a person of color or a woman, I have given in to an unjust and demeaning social custom.

A brief simple incident made me acutely aware of this issue when I suddenly realized that my African American female friend, who is a professional in her field, was being ignored in a discussion that concerned her professional opinion.


Another friend in Houston, David, is a blond white male from England.  He told of being at the immigration office in Houston to take care of a business matter.  He saw a very large crowd of people in the waiting room.  Most of the people were people of colors.  He finally noticed the dispenser that gave numbers for people to take to wait their turn.  When he went to the window to get a number, the official there asked if he had business with immigration.  David said yes.  The official said to come on in and he would take care of it.  David asked if he should not wait his turn.  The official replied, "You don't want to wait all day like these people, do you!"  David later had misgivings and felt uneasy about letting the official see him ahead of the others.  The assumption of "white privilege" is so strong in our culture that few white people give it much thought.

Every minority person has had to learn to wait when others received attention and moved ahead.  "White male privilege" is a persistent dimension in society even in brief social encounters.  Minorities often learn to be quiet and let others talk even when important information is being ignored.  Everybody loses in the "privilege" game!  The reality is that "white males" are a rapidly shrinking small minority of the population of the world.


We as LGBT people can remain silent and in the closet and avoid the neglect and oppression that our culture dumps on homosexuals.  Does that work for you?  How do you feel about accepting and enjoying the privileges of your status as white, male, clergy, senior citizen, beautiful, educated, etc., when others of equal value to God go without the benefits of your privilege?  Most of us never stop to think about what is happening to others who are not "privileged".

All people are of equal value to God, but not all people are of equal value to other people.  When we enjoy our privileges and ignore the distress of others, we are following our basic instincts and not following our spiritual values.  The gay activist slogan of a few years ago, "SILENCE = DEATH," is still true.  Every gay white male in America has an obligation to fairness and respect for people who are under-privileged and disenfranchised in our culture because of race, sex, orientation, social status, poverty, religion, national origin or age.

Discrimination is the first step in the direction of oppression and abuse of people who are different.  Respect and acceptance are powerful forces that can overcome discrimination and abuse.


Learning from people who are different from you begins with noticing and paying attention to them.  A few days ago I visited the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park to enjoy the tranquility and inspiration of the beauty and truth that I find there.  A dad was there with his little girl, who was about 3 years old.  She was running about excitedly noticing everything.  She was filled with wonder, surprise and joy.  She was happy and having a good time.  I asked her father if she had seen the goldfish, which are unusually large and live in the ponds throughout the garden.  He said, "Yes, and she was excited about how big they were."  Then he added, "Seeing the garden with a little girl gives you a whole new perspective."  I learned something special from him and his daughter.

Jesus said a lot about learning from little children and from others who are vastly different from you.

Take a good look at yourself.  You don't have to be a white male to enjoy privileges that others don't have.  No matter what your race or sex or orientation, you have great privileges if you are attractive physically, educated, have a comfortable place to live, have friends, have a good job that you enjoy, feel good about yourself and have learned to accept yourself and others.


The more that I study and work on "JESUS BIBLE STUDIES" the more I am struck by the compassion of Jesus and his totally unqualified acceptance of people just as they were.  Acceptance is the word that keeps jumping out to me as the clearest most consistent attitude of Jesus towards people.  Jesus never condemned anybody for the trouble they had.  He simply noticed people and showed them that he cared about them.  He reached out with the loving touch of healing, which took many forms and always was adapted to fit the real needs of the individual, not the need of the healer to be needed or to receive praise.

"Compassion" in Greek means what we mean by "empathy" in English.  It means really to feel the hurt of others.  When you see an underprivileged person being neglected or offended by a person of privilege, how do you feel?  Do you feel the unjust hurt that others feel?  Do you try to suppress these feelings or do you recognize the feelings and try to act to bring fairness and kindness in the face of neglect and abuse?


Jesus never used his incredible privilege as the Son of God to hurt or offend anybody.  Jesus had greater privilege than anyone else who ever lived, but he chose to live with and identify with the common people.  For powerful descriptions of this, read Philippians 2:1-15 and Hebrews 2:14-18.

How do you react when you see people who are physically unattractive or who are crippled, poor, homeless, offensive, disabled, not your race, sex or social class?  Do you try to enter into their way of seeing you?  That might be very disturbing!  Have you thought of why you should accept privileges that are not available to everybody?

Discrimination against anybody is discrimination against everybody.  Whenever you see oppression and abuse, you are included also.  We usually view unfortunate people with the old saying, "There but for the grace of God go I."  The truth, however, is the opposite: "There by the grace of God am I."

Through the Spirit of Jesus, we are connected with all other people that our lives touch.  We are truly "one in the Spirit".  We cannot remain true to our real self and ignore the abusive use of privilege against anyone.  Whatever else it means, following Jesus means letting go of privilege and working to end all forms of discrimination.  "Accept one another just as Christ accepts you to the glory of God."


How do you feel about the way you were born?  Adam and Eve got along quite well in the Garden as long as they accepted and enjoyed the natural state of how God had made them.  Then along came the snake.  The snake ("Satan" �the adversary) convinced Eve and then Adam that the way that God had made them was a mistake and they should challenge it and eat the "forbidden fruit" that would make them become "like God."  Then they abandoned God's purpose for the way they were made.  They became ashamed of their "nakedness" and hid from God.  God found them and asked them why they hid.  They said they hid because they were naked.  God asked them who told them they were naked.  They said: "The snake!"  You know the rest of the story.

What snake has tried to convince you that the way God made you was a mistake?  The way you were born is not a mistake or an accident.  You were born the way you are as to sex, race, national origin, orientation, personality, etc., for good reason.  You are the only you ever born.  You are not just like anybody else.  Accept and celebrate who you are and help others to accept themselves and celebrate who they are.  Resist the snake.  God had a good reason for making you just like you are.  Respect and enjoy being you!

"There is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female
(white or color, gay or straight), for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
--Galatians 3:28

"Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these;
you have done it to me." 

This update prompted many responses.
Here are two of them.

A Powerful Letter from a Transsexual Friend
February 4, 2001

Dr. Truluck, in my case the term "Male Privilege" is much more likely to be heard.  There is a major misperception among many women in society that a male-to-female (MTF) transsexual benefited from male privilege and can never be women because we had it so easy (I am writing from the MTF perspective, but the same things apply to FTM as well).

The idea is based on radical feminist theories from before I was born that men are trying to infiltrate the female culture to control them.  Since we "men" never were faced with the discrimination in life that women were, we all have it so easy and do not deserve to be women.

Never mind that we have never felt like men, have been ridiculed and beaten as "gay", and always longed to be female.  Never mind that MTFTS are the group with the highest rate of being suicide and homicide victims.  Never mind that we CAN be legally fired for having once been another gender in most of this nation.  Never mind that our very rights to marry vary across this nation and that many people try to prevent us from adopting because we scare them.

Any TS can marry legally anyone of either sex if they are willing to travel across this nation.  While in my home state of Louisiana I have to marry a man post-op, I can drive to Houston and have to legally marry a woman instead since they refuse to recognize us as our new genders.  Even better, two legally married people (if one is trans) driving across the nation will be alternately married and not married as they cross county lines.  Because of attitudes like these, we are excluded from the Michigan Womyn's festival because we seem to still retain a male privilege that "taints" us, are murdered or taunted as freaks by even the GLB community, are prey for tyranny chasers, and excluded by anti-discrimination bills like ENDA because we are politically incorrect.

HRC specifically excludes TS people regularly and even GenderPAC has turned from its roots to exclude us.  No wonder so many TS people go "stealth" and just try to fit into society as "normal" GLB people.  For reasons like these, I am seriously considering doing the same.  I do not wish to go stealth and hide my head in the sand, but people like me face several extra barriers that leave us more vulnerable.

Imagine if a gay trans-phobic man discovered that his lover has a vagina.  Or recently when a man placed a TS gal in a headlock and killed her because she insisted she is female and he claimed she is male.  Worse, when Bubba the redneck propositions a "lady" and won't take no for an answer, only to discover the lady has a penis.  It's time for another small byline in the paper that gets glossed over as a crime on gays.

Look how long it took for news that the murdered "gay" Army Private Mitchell's "male" lover is a pre-op TS woman and that they had a heterosexual relationship.  It took 4 months for the news to break that he wasn't traditionally gay, just queer because he loved a woman who is saving up to remove her penis.  I am so tempted to go stealth to try and avoid some of this hatred.  I do not think I can sit on the sidelines like that, but I sure am tempted to.  My life is hard enough without having to fear people out to get me for being a "man".  I barely beat the US Navy to get the Honorable discharge I earned for being trans.  I should have been able to serve, but the US is the last NATO member to ban gays and trans.

I sure could use a nice quiet life as a girl performing PC repairs with no other fears.  I am one year away from surgery, and I wonder if I will live long enough to make it, or it I will be "clocked" or "outed" and killed.  Boy this life is full of ups and downs, but I will not give up.  I might move to Vancouver, BC (I live in Bremerton, WA, across the sound from Seattle) for equal rights as a human, but I will not give up.

"HUMAN STATISTICS"   (added 2/4/01)

The following item was sent to me by my cousin Tim in response to my update on "White Privilege" above.

A very humbling perspective

If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following.

There would be:

57 Asians

20 Europeans

14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south

8 Africans

52 would be female

48 would be male

70 would be non-white

30 would be white

70 would be non-Christian

30 would be Christian

89 would be heterosexual

11 would be homosexual
(This statistic is unknown.  Recent studies by the Kinsey Institute have concluded that 20 % are heterosexual in orientation, 20% are homosexual in orientation, and 60 % are bisexual in orientation and can go either way.)

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would from the United States.

80 would live in substandard housing

70 would be unable to read

20 would suffer from malnutrition

1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth

1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education

1 would own a computer

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for

both acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

The following is also something to ponder...

If you woke up this morning with more health than are more blessed than the 20 million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... you ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof Overhead and a place to are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace . . you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very rare, even in the United States and Canada.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone's hand, hug them, or even touch them on the are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

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