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Why do christians believe 'god' is a male?


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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012, 8:35:43 AM PDT
Harry Marks says:
J.Y. -

I believe God is female because God has always been the best at relationships, at perceiving who a person is and communicating to that person, at nurturing and suffering and letting us go when we are able to stand on our own and make our own decisions. God wants us to grow up, even though that means we may not consider ourselves dependent. (Curiously enough, though, that makes us even closer. How does that work?)

Oops, did I say those were female characteristics? Didn't mean to. Men who are wise, men who are caring, have no trouble behaving like that (well, not much trouble, as long as we are not being threatened ;-§ ).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012, 9:58:32 AM PDT
Astrocat says:
J.Y., what we think is not that God is a woman or a man but both together and beyond that. Truly, there is no separated gender in the divine Life. IT simply IS.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012, 10:40:52 AM PDT
NeoPaganBaby says:
Dan: However, He presents Himself masculine and so we must understand what He does and says in that context.
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...according to our preconceived idea of what "masculine" is, and assuming we must limit God by creating IT in our own image.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012, 12:43:53 PM PDT
mrs exp says:
Jeremy Crockett,
I agree with you that it is consistent throughout the Bible. Why such a fuss is made out of it I don't know.
exp

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012, 2:38:12 PM PDT
Alexander, for just as paul ALSO called himself a FATHER to the faithful, and he referred to those in Christ as holy, all the more the office of Peter and his successor, as holy father. Both biblical, as Peter alone was given the keys of the Kingdom to act in final place of the King by delegated authority, (Matthew 16;16-19, Isaiah 22:22) and alone the command over all the flock of God, (John 21:17, 2 Samuel 5:2), and alone renamed rock. (John 1:42). Peace always in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus our Great God and Saviour

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012, 2:56:46 PM PDT
Harry Marks says:
mrs exp -
"Why such a fuss is made out of it I don't know."
When it is obvious that Biblical language has been slanted by sexist systems of oppressing women, it is worth taking a hard look at that language. Just as the verses that supposedly endorsed slavery were viewed differently by people who had thought carefully about what an unjust practice it was.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012, 3:03:57 PM PDT
The Weasel says:
mrs exp says:
Jeremy Crockett,
I agree with you that it is consistent throughout the Bible. Why such a fuss is made out of it I don't know.
exp
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Because it is still man that must interpret what the words mean -- even if the the words are the inerrant words of God, it is still up to imperfect man to figure out how to apply the words to man's laws and man's place in the world. Feel free to subsititute "woman" for "man" as you wish.
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