The Feminising of God

Today (November 21st 2018) The Times newspaper carried an article which dealt with the subject of the gender of God.  The Archbishop of Canterbury, quite rightly, affirmed that God is neither male nor female. Human beings are either male or female but God, as far as his essence goes, is not human and cannot be said to be either male or female. God does not have gender as we understand gender.  The article arises from the gender equality mindset which is being pushed by certain feminist groups.  The mindset seems to be that women could better identify with and more easily relate to a female deity than one who is male.

The Bible teaches that men and women are completely equal as to their value, worth and standing before God. Equality of person however does not equate to equality of role.  As far as role is concerned the Bible clearly teaches that male and female have different roles and responsibilities in different spheres in life.

Whilst God is neither male nor female it is clear that in the Bible God has chosen to reveal himself primarily in male terms. For example only male pronouns are attributed to God.  In his relationship to Christians he describes himself as a father far more often than he does as a mother. It is true that God does occasionally use motherly language and terms to describe his relationship to his redeemed people but that does not imply that God is female any more than Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 2v7 implies that Paul had Gender dysphoria!

When the second person of the Godhead decided to take human form he did so as a male in the person of Jesus.  Jesus (God in human form) told us to call God “Father” and spoke of God using male pronouns.  There are other very important redemptive reasons as to why God chose to reveal himself in male terms, reasons that are intrinsically associated with the Covenant of grace itself. These reasons are outside the remit of this initial blog and will no doubt appear in later posts.

Ultimately how we would prefer to think of God is not really the question and indeed is of little of any importance. What is important is for us to humbly accept, give thanks for and embrace the revelation that God has given to us concerning himself  in whatever terms he has chosen to use. One is reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 9v20 “Who are you , O man, to answer back to God?”


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Pastor of Ballenon and Ballylane Reformed Presbyterian Churches in Northern Ireland. Been a pastor since 1990.

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