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Old 12-06-2004, 10:29 AM   #1
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God's gender? And more importantly, does it matter?

I say God has no gender since God has no need to physically procreate.

And I say that it really doesn't matter what gender God is. Just like Jesus' appearance (I still can't believe how many people I know who insist on Jesus being white or black-- Hello, Jewish!)
As I see it, God is beyond gender definition, and to do so is unnecessary.
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Re: God's gender? And more importantly, does it matter?

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As I see it, God is beyond gender definition, and to do so is unnecessary.
God doesn't really have an offical gender definition of any kind, but when all the gender boggle comes up, I often refer to him/her/it...?????? in the male sense, because in a way, his followers are referred to as the females. We could easily be considered adultresses when we sin against God.
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Yes, but that's all very symbolic and metaphorical. And couldn't it just as easily be adulterers and a wife? I'm just asking in a very literal sense
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God doesn't have a gender.
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i vote for genderless, but then, what the heck do i know?
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The Alpha and the Omega...no gender needed.
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Why is it, then, do you think that people are so adamantly insistent on a male-gendered God? It's not just a sexist thing, many forward-thinking progressive women with whom I'm friends find the notion of God being anything but male to be silly
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God is genderless, but most of us have gendered conceptions of God nonetheless. Sometimes I see God as male and sometimes I see God as male. I like to keep in mind what Elizabeth Johnson said about God's gender (I mentioned it in another thread)--if you've always thought of God as old, white, and male, why couldn't God be young, black, and female?
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Well....man and woman were both made in God's IMAGE and together are complete...so perhaps, for lack of a better word, both. And when I saw both I don't mean in anatomical terms...but more as all the qualities and energies combined.

I always see God in my mind as intense bright light.
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God is genderless, but most of us have gendered conceptions of God nonetheless. Sometimes I see God as male and sometimes I see God as male. I like to keep in mind what Elizabeth Johnson said about God's gender (I mentioned it in another thread)--if you've always thought of God as old, white, and male, why couldn't God be young, black, and female?
Agreed. Our concept of gender cannot apply to God.

He has asked us to refer to him as Abba, Father. That's it and that's as far as it should go.
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In a symbolic way, we submit to God, and acknowledge authority in the way that we want God to be the power in our relationship with him. Similar to how a woman turns to a man for comfort. I'm still saying god is genderless, but I don't feel that God has a problem of me looking at it in that context.
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Mac...what part of Ohio are you from? I just noticed that. I'm in Cbus.

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In a symbolic way, we submit to God, and acknowledge authority in the way that we want God to be the power in our relationship with him. Similar to how a woman turns to a man for comfort.
You're stepping into dangerous territory here.

As a woman, I turn to both men and other women for comfort. And my male friends and companions have turned to me for comfort, as have my women friends.
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In the Akron area. Had no idea we were in the same state.
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Similar to how a woman turns to a man for comfort.

But the 'division' between man and woman didn't happen until the Fall (something I've wondering if Bono has hinted at in the new song).



BTW...yay for a fellow Buckeye!
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