(This might end up a regular series – cause there’s lots I don’t get about the world around me.)
Why do people argue that God is a woman? There certainly were (are) gods that were (are) female, but the God of the Bible? Not so much. That particular god is revealed through the Bible and isn’t female. But then, I’d also argue that God isn’t male, either. Two reasons for my thinking:
- God created man and woman in his likeness. (Sorry, have to use some pronoun here and male just comes naturally). So whatever God is, it’s either both male and female or neither in order for both sexes to be made in his likeness. (Not getting into exactly what that means here.)
- Scripture tells us that God is a spirit and we worship him in spirit and truth. Last time I checked, spirits had no sex. They’re neither male or female. Gender is part of the tangible world in which they have no part.
Now, I’ve been looking around because I’m trying to figure out why people want to say God is female and where they make their case from. Not having any luck, but surely there’s something just beyond a desire for it to be so? The only Bible reference I can think of where God takes on a female persona is in the Old Testament when he’s referred to as a hen taking her children under her wings. But that hardly balances out the jillions of references to being father.
Help me out here, folks. I hang with a lot of earth mother types and I’m trying to understand where this comes from. Is there something out there that makes the case for the God of the Bible being female? Or are they referring to a different god when they make such statements?