More of God’s Unchanging Truth

Maybe this won’t take up so much space since I’ve already covered the background.

The Cult of Oester is not the whole problem; Western Civilization also has the male counterpart that I call the Cult of Odin. As with Oester, the Odinite mess is not a matter of pure scholarship, but of recognizing how the influence works to promote evil. In effect, Odin is arrogant, cruel and capricious. It’s not just physical brutality, but a major component of Odin’s power is in psychological abuse. A primary manifestation is jerking people around by sending mixed messages, particularly with those who are, for whatever reason, the most dependent on you. In other words, it’s the ultimate cruelty in abusing those closest to you.

It is fashionable among the Red Pill, Men’s Movement, Pick-up Artists, etc., to promote a measured amount of this toying with women’s feelings as a normal manly trait. That’s Odin; it’s not Jesus. Granted, we have a lot of filthy blather from the Oesterites about Jesus defined as a Westernized “nice guy” who comes off like the ideal promoted by a feminist mythology. But He is neither the metrosexual nor the brutal Odinite. This image of Odin is the major hindrance to a genuine biblical image of God. People confuse Odin with Jehovah. Virtually the entire legacy of Western Christian theology and doctrine is deeply stained with the Germanic tribal mythology. Never mind the words of religious teaching; that’s just rhetoric. The underlying and pervasive image of God’s character is eclipsed by the image of Odin that is so deeply woven into the the subconscious expectations of Western society. Without a significant amount of work, Westerners cannot see God as He revealed Himself.

So we end up seeing that capricious arrogance and jerking people around in just about every institution of Western society. It’s not simply lauded as a good thing in real leadership; it’s considered a dire necessity. You won’t always find it consciously expressed, but it’s fundamental in the definitions of what’s normal. I can tell you that it’s very prominent in the military. Military leadership training has a strong element of verbal lore that is seldom written up in the literature, but it teaches men to be assholes. It also shows up in the corrections industry, where keeping prisoners compliant specifically requires keeping them confused with mixed messages and sudden inexplicable shifts in what the guards demand.

This kind of crap is also as old as the most ancient idolatry. You’ll find the roots of it in the worst mythology of Baal, for example. But the Bible specifically condemns this; it’s a condemnation to which Western Christians are largely blind. The godly shepherd is always forthright and answers questions honestly about future plans. He strives to be consistent and freely explains his reasoning, in part because he needs the wisdom of his advisers to detect inconsistencies. This is our striving as men to be like God, and it’s part of how we treat our wives first and foremost, as well as our general relations with the world. This is wholly consistent with the wisdom of keeping your mouth shut until the right moment to share. People have to be ready to hear, and we are obliged to discern it. But even when they carp and complain, we are still steady and non-reactive to their whining. We can’t allow ourselves to forget what it’s like to be dependent and what a torment it is.

You want to see the prison guards who never have to fight with the prisoners? That’s the guy who is consistent and honest with them, instead of spiteful and abusive. It’s the guard who refuses to participate in the head games of his associates; it’s the guard who remembers that prisoners are still humans. Same with the military leadership. The cult of tactical information security has become an institutionalized excuse for cruelty, and “need to know” is reduced to a head game. The calculus of what people need to be told when engaged in organized activity should not dehumanize. When you set out to elevate the people you work with, to empower them to choose the right thing, you have to be ready for them to choose the wrong. Real leadership isn’t taking the cheapest path to avoid resistance by misleading folks (notice the play between lead and mislead there).

Real leadership is handing them the nails to crucify you because you know how to trust God. It comes from investing enough energy and time in cultivating everyone’s better nature. That’s because it is “nature” — it’s part of Creation. It’s part of the fundamental reality as God designed it. Even the worst sinners will recognize the utility of cooperating with a shepherd. The best shepherd is prepared for the times when they don’t see it. Real men find that handling others in moral truth is its own reward.

About Ed Hurst

Avid cyclist, Disabled Veteran, Bible History teacher, and wannabe writer; retired.
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5 Responses to More of God’s Unchanging Truth

  1. Christine says:

    Hmm. As you know, I have a background in feminine mythology (note to other readers, not feminIST) so my understanding of the religions of Oester (et al) is different from yours. To me, these were fertility cultures (to vastly oversimplify), which is far removed from the feminist cult of today. So I have difficulty with the way you draw direct lines there; it misleads your readers. If anything, today’s feminists, like Hillary Clinton, are wannabe “Odins” (by your definition) – but even there, you’ve reduced Odin the god, who had many faces and roles, to a caricature, and I think that misleads readers as well. Do you see what I’m trying to say? And it’s important to note that Odin was part of a pantheon of gods, not a monotheistic religion. Nor were the Mother goddess cultures monotheistic.

    To take the mythologies and religions of the past and warp them into something that fits our narrative about the faults of Western society today implies that they were never more than ‘cults’ even in their time. Surely you don’t mean to trash the history and culture of all these peoples (for they were people, remember)? I don’t think you do, yet this is how it appears when you equate the abominable Red Pill pick-up types with Odin. Of course they’re not Jesus, but they’re not Odin either.

    In my understanding of a heart-led life, we don’t redefine the past to suit our arguments, that’s what the enemies we face do. I agree that the character of God, Jehovah, is misunderstood. I just don’t think it is helpful to reduce the **cultures** of the past to “cults” and place the blame there.


  2. Ed Hurst says:

    Context is everything. No two of us will do this job the same, and no two readers will come away the same impression. I’m actually following the example of Jesus by writing in parables. That is: When I write about Aristotle, it’smnot the man, nor specifically his teaching. It’s the net result of his influence; I use his name as a symbol for that influence. Purists gripe about it, saying I misrepresent Aristotle and his writings. I usually try to make it clear it’s not about Aristotle himself, but not everyone catches that.

    When I talk about “The Cult” according to my long paper on that, it’s the same thing. There is no official cult with distinct membership. It’s just a parabolic term for an influence that seems to manifest with consistency. That’s the nature of moral truth; it defies description and requires symbolic references.

    I didn’t pick the names Oester and Odin from the air. Some proponents of feminism themselves call on the name of Oester; some Red Pill guys call on the name of Odin. Despite what I know about myths and legends regarding their names, that symbolism stuck in my mind. That’s why I reference them as “the cult of Odin/Oester” as a peculiar derivative taken from some false image. It’s an idolatry that modern idiots use in their names. I have no intention of misleading the readers, since the majority of them would never bother to look it up in the first place. We aren’t studying Odin and Oester. We are studying stuff done in their name by folks who have no real concern for truth and honesty.

    I thought I said that somewhere in my post, but it may not be prominent enough for everyone. The legends are one thing; the influence of those legends in the German tribes is another thing; the influence of the German tribes on Western Civilization is yet another thing. I’m doing my best to combat the evil influences and I struggle between writing too much and too little, of being too dry and too expressive. Your comment deserves to be seen, and folks need the reminder that I am using symbols, not offering an academic discussion of those symbols.


  3. Christine says:

    I understand, and thank you for clarifying that.

    I send a certain segment of my readers over here, generally in reference to behind the scenes discussions by email because that’s where most of my “parish” work takes place. While none of us have been exactly living under rocks we somehow managed never to have heard of the Red Pill community and their ‘version’ of Odin (ditto the feminists claiming their own version of Oester). So shorthand references to either are leading to confusion, at best, and at worst, complete dismissal of what you’re trying to say. I want them to hang around and keep listening to you! Yet I also understand that you have to use symbols your own readers can relate to.

    It’s a tricky thing, “synching” our work sometimes, ain’t it!


  4. Iain says:

    Parables huh, and all this time I thought you were just a kook.


  5. Ed Hurst says:

    You are too kind, Iain. I don’t have what it takes to be a real kook, so I’m left with just sounding nutty.


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