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A question about God's gender
« on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 02:03:45 »
Most Christians will say that God is neither male or female. In face, the Bible says that God is spirit. However, most Christians also believe in the Trinity and that Jesus is God. But we all know that Jesus was a man. Even after His resurrection He appeared to His disciples as a man. The Bible also says that when Jesus returns we will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven.

So, if God is neither male or female, then how do you explain the fact that Jesus was a man, even after His resurrection? If Jesus is God then how can you say that God is neither male or female?

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #1 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 03:57:15 »
1 Corinthians  11:7 For a man indeed ought not to have his head covered, because he is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of the man.

The "image" of God is male, not female.

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #2 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 06:45:07 »
God is described as Male, (Father) and yet most of his attributes are feminine.  The Name El Shaddai literally means the High Breasted one. (shad = breast)  It is usually translated the Almighty God or All-sufficient God.

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #3 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 07:37:39 »
Most Christians will say that God is neither male or female. In face, the Bible says that God is spirit. However, most Christians also believe in the Trinity and that Jesus is God. But we all know that Jesus was a man. Even after His resurrection He appeared to His disciples as a man. The Bible also says that when Jesus returns we will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven.

So, if God is neither male or female, then how do you explain the fact that Jesus was a man, even after His resurrection? If Jesus is God then how can you say that God is neither male or female?



Jesus appeard as a man because that was His earthly form, not His heavenly form........there is an earthy body, and a heavenly body.........God is Spirit, and the Scriptures say that in Heaven they are neither male nor female...........male/female creations were for the purpose of this earthly life, not our eternal life.......


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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #4 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 07:39:33 »
God is described as Male, (Father) and yet most of his attributes are feminine.  The Name El Shaddai literally means the High Breasted one. (shad = breast)  It is usually translated the Almighty God or All-sufficient God.


Brother DaveW, don't know how you came to that conclusion, that most of God's attributes are womanly.......
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Just don't see that in Scripture..........
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.....................to each his own I suppose though, if it works for you...........as they say...........

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #5 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 07:44:09 »
Jesus called God Father,do we should as well,  but he has both male and female attributes and characteristics as far as I can see.

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #6 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 08:06:59 »
Men have nipples, why would God create man with useless nipples?

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #7 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 10:01:46 »
I believe God is a man, and that's how I've been raised to believe. For the longest time, I assumed everyone thought likewise. This is an enlightening topic for sure, and it doesn't get discussed much.

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #8 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 10:48:26 »
God describes himself has having given birth to Israel (Deut 32.18)
God is "merciful" (the same hebrew word as womb/uterus)
I already mentioned the breast name. David described himself as leaning on God as a weaned child. (Ps 131.2)
God describes himself as a fierce mother bear (Hos 13:5-8). 
In Isa 66.13 God compares himself to a comforting mother.

In Matt 23 Jesus said God wanted to gather them all like a mother hen.
In fact, the John 3 encounter with Nicodemus describes God (the Spirit) as giving us New Birth.

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #9 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 11:47:34 »
God describes himself has having given birth to Israel (Deut 32.18)
God is "merciful" (the same hebrew word as womb/uterus)
I already mentioned the breast name. David described himself as leaning on God as a weaned child. (Ps 131.2)
God describes himself as a fierce mother bear (Hos 13:5-8). 
In Isa 66.13 God compares himself to a comforting mother.

In Matt 23 Jesus said God wanted to gather them all like a mother hen.
In fact, the John 3 encounter with Nicodemus describes God (the Spirit) as giving us New Birth.

Yeah, and Paul referred to converting the Galatians (I believe) as going through "labor pains."

So what?

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« Reply #10 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 11:51:23 »
If God is neither male or female, then why was Jesus still a man after His resurrection? Nobody seems to be able to answer this logically. And if God is neither male or female, why does the Bible, in the old and new testament, refer to God as our Father but never our Mother?

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #11 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 11:57:12 »
And why does Genesis say God created man in His Own image ... male and female?

It seems God has attributes of BOTH.

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #12 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 12:20:06 »
Can Jesus come back as a woman?

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« Reply #13 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 12:35:47 »
If God is neither male or female, then why was Jesus still a man after His resurrection? Nobody seems to be able to answer this logically.
Because, as our example, His resurrection body matched his earthly life body, and so will ours.
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And if God is neither male or female, why does the Bible, in the old and new testament, refer to God as our Father but never our Mother?
Some of that is translation issues.  I have shown above that sometimes He IS described as a mother.

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #14 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 13:08:59 »
If God is neither male or female, then why was Jesus still a man after His resurrection? Nobody seems to be able to answer this logically.
Because, as our example, His resurrection body matched his earthly life body, and so will ours.
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And if God is neither male or female, why does the Bible, in the old and new testament, refer to God as our Father but never our Mother?
Some of that is translation issues.  I have shown above that sometimes He IS described as a mother.

Metaphors.

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« Reply #15 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 13:27:13 »
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Metaphors.
Not the only way to take them.

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #16 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 13:34:37 »
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Metaphors.
Not the only way to take them.

Really? You think God actually IS a mother bear and a mother hen?

I already said, even Paul (a man) describes himself as going through labor pains. (galatians 4:19)

And that was Jesus saying he would be like a mother hen.

The matter of man, not woman, being made in the image of God (1 Corinthians 11:7) speaks to the issue more directly, as does the fact that God's incarnation was male.

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #17 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 13:39:55 »
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The matter of man, not woman, being made in the image of God (1 Corinthians 11:7)
That is a stretch and the context is NOT talking about this subject at all.

Women were just as much made in HIS image as men.

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #18 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 13:41:40 »
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The matter of man, not woman, being made in the image of God (1 Corinthians 11:7)
That is a stretch and the context is NOT talking about this subject at all.

Women were just as much made in HIS image as men.

Well if you don't want to acknowledge something plainly stated, I guess that's an impasse.

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #19 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 13:46:00 »
As it was "plainly stated" earlier - one of the names for God means God the breastly one (in the sense of supplying nutrition)

If you want to call that a male attribute, fine. I do not.

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #20 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 14:10:46 »
God is neitheir. God is a spirit. Spirit has no sexual orientation. Many people will argure about whether god is a man or woman. Just say both. God is both because male and female where created by God. Male and female both have the X chromosones if you want to be "scientific" about it.

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« Reply #21 on: Wed Apr 25, 2012 - 13:43:28 »
Still, nobody has been able to answer this question: After Jesus' resurrection He appeared as a man, and the Bible says that Jesus will return as the Son of Man. It doesn't say He will return as the Daughter of Man. Jesus even looks like a man after He was resurrected back to heaven. So, if God is neither male or female, why does Jesus, being God the Son, look like a man?

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« Reply #22 on: Wed Apr 25, 2012 - 14:07:10 »
Still, nobody has been able to answer this question: After Jesus' resurrection He appeared as a man, and the Bible says that Jesus will return as the Son of Man. It doesn't say He will return as the Daughter of Man. Jesus even looks like a man after He was resurrected back to heaven. So, if God is neither male or female, why does Jesus, being God the Son, look like a man?

It was not a coin toss. In John 14, Jesus says that to see Jesus is to see the Father.

Is God a man? When God became flesh, he was a man. That should end the debate.

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« Reply #23 on: Wed Apr 25, 2012 - 14:21:49 »
Gender is a physical material natural designation that does not apply to God and is irrelevant in the spirit realm

God is ALL IN ALL

He births us, begats us, sires us, nurtures us and Fathers us

Adam when he was Created was Alone....or put another way similar to God He was ALL ONE

This is how God was able to extract Eve from Adam

Hence the characteristics we come to know of as female come from Adam....by means of God in fact having their origin in God


How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!
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« Reply #24 on: Wed Apr 25, 2012 - 15:59:16 »
I believe God is a man, and that's how I've been raised to believe. For the longest time, I assumed everyone thought likewise. This is an enlightening topic for sure, and it doesn't get discussed much.

One needs to learn to balance all scripture.and the more we study the scriptures and lean more on Him who leadeth us into all truth so then we will elarn to do so more and more.
Thus we have forinstance "God is not a man that he shoudlk lie nor the son of man that he shoulkd repent"

Yet man was made in the image of God.

It is man who has the seed  and was women who was created out of man .yet for balance man isd born of woman.
Every sed will broing forth fruit after oits own kind ,Thus we are manKIND and not another.
Our FATHER then is no coincedence or indeed random.
For what is a neighbour? and what is a brother?
A brother is one of the same househol,d and of the same father. If God be our father by regenerationa nd new birth wether we are male or female we aer all sons of God and are therefore of the same household with the ssme father a neighbour on the other hand  is of another household and another father.
We. are as man were as it were Gods neighbour.desus was the good samaritan despised and rejected  who loved his neighbour .
When My son was born  I consiosly recognised and confessedd as it were that he bore my image. He did so because  he was of my flesh and bone. If he ahd not been my son he woudl not have born my image in him.
Jesus it is written is "the express image of the invisible god" Did nhe not come to seek and to save that which was lost?True it was the lost sheep .But true also was the image of GoD also that was lost or marred  when Aadam sinned and fell. For though he was created in the image of God we are BORN of the image of Adam/Hence not only born in sin but also SHAPEN in iniquity.
When a person is truly BORNagain  then Christ rulkes and reigns in the heart trhen indeed the image of God is there.No wonder on that awfull day of Judgement he will say to some "I never knew you" For not monly do they nopt bare in them Gods image burt also neither the fruit or character of christ.
Thus the Primarily  male aspects of God  are for oursakes given as in likeness as there are no ways or understanding save by the Holy Spirit applying these truths to the heart and then the mind.
The female in lesser degfree also and for the same reason.
Was it not written  Let us make MAN in our image?then it is written male and female made he them.
Thus both are needed  to rflect in some emasure the glory of God. These things get deeper when we consider then the Jesus and the church which is HIS  BRIDE.
So we must be carefull not to bring the Word of God down to our expereince  but rather  lift the word of god above all and seek to bring our exp[ereince in conformity to, it.
Thus  if we reduce this all down to male and female  as of thje flesh we will not  come to understand the realtionship we can have with God through jesus Christ.
For did he not come to reconcile us to the .......FATHER?

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« Reply #25 on: Wed Apr 25, 2012 - 16:19:34 »
God is called a man or father because history is written by a man. Lets say Jesus was a woman. How would men treat woman? I would say a lot better since so many countries look at women as 2nd to men. How long did it take women to vote in america? Women still struggles with equal rights in the work place today. Let alone in the public eye of being a sex symbol. Men fight wars and build stuff. Men write the history. Regardless God spirit is neitheir or both. Whatever one you choose can be correct. God created everything and its oppisites. Man-Woman, Hot-Cold, Good-Bad. Do not get so caught up wondering what sex is God because it has nothing to do with anything. God is God. A starting point and foundation.

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« Reply #26 on: Wed Apr 25, 2012 - 17:14:10 »
God is called a man or father because history is written by a man.

Then I suppose that compels us to throw out our traditional view of divine inspiration of the Bible, no? I'm not about to rethink my whole belief system, just for the sake of some feminist ideal.

The Bible calls God "Father," over and over again, unambiguously. That's good enough for me.

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« Reply #27 on: Wed Apr 25, 2012 - 20:08:25 »
God is called a man or father because history is written by a man. Lets say Jesus was a woman. How would men treat woman? I would say a lot better since so many countries look at women as 2nd to men. How long did it take women to vote in america? Women still struggles with equal rights in the work place today. Let alone in the public eye of being a sex symbol. Men fight wars and build stuff. Men write the history. Regardless God spirit is neitheir or both. Whatever one you choose can be correct. God created everything and its oppisites. Man-Woman, Hot-Cold, Good-Bad. Do not get so caught up wondering what sex is God because it has nothing to do with anything. God is God. A starting point and foundation.


...........that would be all well and good except for the fact that Jesus Himself called God "Father" over and over again......

Man didn't write the script for Jesus to read/repeat, they recorded His words......that's a huge difference...........

Yes, God is a Spirit, and in Heaven there is neither male nor female............folks get hung up on all of this all the dern time and it amuses me that they cannot understand that when God created us male and female in our "human" form, it was for the purpose of procreation of the species just as with all of His other creations.

Our "human" form/being is not the "image" of God we were created after, it is our eternal spirit that is His image.

...........my thoughts...........

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« Reply #28 on: Thu Apr 26, 2012 - 02:00:55 »
Once again nobody is able to answer my question. I'll ask it again:

After Jesus was resurrection and was back in heaven, he still looked like a man. We know this from Revelation. So, if God is neither male or female, why does Jesus, being God the Son, look like a man even in heaven?

Is anybody actually able to answer this question lol?

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« Reply #29 on: Thu Apr 26, 2012 - 02:27:29 »
Once again nobody is able to answer my question. I'll ask it again:

After Jesus was resurrection and was back in heaven, he still looked like a man. We know this from Revelation. So, if God is neither male or female, why does Jesus, being God the Son, look like a man even in heaven?

Is anybody actually able to answer this question lol?

Why is this even a question?  Does it matter at all?  Shouldn't we be more concerned with getting to heaven ourselves and less concerned about what things (or Jesus) will look like when we do get there?  If you're still questioning it then, ask him yourself when you see him.

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« Reply #30 on: Thu Apr 26, 2012 - 02:58:37 »
God is called a man or father because history is written by a man. Lets say Jesus was a woman. How would men treat woman? I would say a lot better since so many countries look at women as 2nd to men. How long did it take women to vote in america? Women still struggles with equal rights in the work place today. Let alone in the public eye of being a sex symbol. Men fight wars and build stuff. Men write the history. Regardless God spirit is neitheir or both. Whatever one you choose can be correct. God created everything and its oppisites. Man-Woman, Hot-Cold, Good-Bad. Do not get so caught up wondering what sex is God because it has nothing to do with anything. God is God. A starting point and foundation.

 ::lookaround::    Oy vey! please do not inject the wisdom of humanism into the topic/...its really not necessary and does not properly line up with scripture  ::lookaround::

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« Reply #31 on: Thu Apr 26, 2012 - 08:02:08 »
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After Jesus was resurrection and was back in heaven, he still looked like a man. We know this from Revelation. So, if God is neither male or female, why does Jesus, being God the Son, look like a man even in heaven?
In God's creation, a man is in charge, with his lady to help him. So, Jesus showing to be a men shows how Jesus is in charge of all. Jesus Christ is the Lord of all.

But we know how a man's identity really has to do with his character.

So, for order and organization and position, he may have the identity of being a "man".

But, deeper, his real identity has to do with if he is honest and kind and peaceful and a good example of how to love God and be holy and loving with all people.

So, I consider that Jesus being male on the throne is in order to demonstrate He is Head of all power and dominion. It is not mainly about sexual anything. Your sexual part is not what gives you your real identity. And Jesus is not Lord of all because of some male organ on His body, but Jesus is our Lord because of His character that makes Him who He is to our Father. So, His true identity and worthiness has nothing to do with the shape of His body.

And Jesus in His character is loving, obedient to our Father, "gentle and lowly in heart" (in Matthew 11:29), faithful for us, forgiving, caring for us . . . this is what gives our Groom Jesus His real identity: not just His shape of His body, but the contents of His character ::smile::

And there is imagery to this; it is not, I would say, meant to be taken all the way about every detail, especially not the way worldly people would take this. Worldly people are very concerned about sexual parts, position, power, but not really about how to be in character of love. So, their attention is so much away, elsewhere. They are so about preference for pleasure; so they are so concerned about power and prestige and position and bodily parts that can get them pleasure. Intelligence, charm, ability to communicate, bodily shape and sexual parts all are idols because they help to get pleasure. And so, people can be more concerned about what Jesus looks like, instead of mainly about His character, which of course is His example for us > we need to first be about becoming how Jesus is > "And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." (Ephesians 5:2) < this is where our attention belongs, so we have Christ's character.

We have how Jesus is our Groom and we are His Bride Church. But this does not mean us guys are all female or males getting married to Jesus who is male. The Groom-Bride image represents how Jesus wants to have full intimacy of loving affection with us, all things in common with us as in marriage. It has nothing to do with sexuality or sexual identity which worldly people can be mainly so about in where their attention goes. True intimacy is deeper, in God's love better than human sexual identity; but humans can make an idol and therefore an identity out of sexual stuff, because of the pleasure involved.

But our intimacy with Jesus is deeper and better than whatsoever our male and female ability and bodily parts can do and have and share. Therefore, because we are deeper, in God's love, we are "neither male nor female" (Galatians 3:28) . . . in our character of God's love. In our character of God's love, we are not male or female; and in God's character He is not male or female. But like the man Adam, God is the source and in control over. But this has to do with order and organization, not with true identity > "God is love" (in John 4:8&16); being love is what has the most to do with God's identity; and love can be in male and female forms ::smile:: doing different loving things ::smile::

So, in character of love our Father is not male or female, but God is the best of all that is good. He is not limited to only one or the other. Actually, "female" means having come from male; so female is not really different, but only in position and for order and organization and specialization. "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:18) So, we all . . . men and women . . . "are being changed into the same image". We all are being changed into the image of Jesus our Groom . . . so that we are compatible with Jesus so we can spend all eternity with Him > "as He is, so are we in this world." (in 1 John 4:17).

So, deeper than our bodily shape is our true identity. It does say things religious can have outward form but "not the very image of the things", in Hebrews 10:1. The "same image", then, is not really our shape and what we show, but the spiritual quality and character of Jesus in us. "'Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.'" (John 7:24)

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« Reply #32 on: Thu Apr 26, 2012 - 09:14:33 »
Once again nobody is able to answer my question. I'll ask it again:

After Jesus was resurrection and was back in heaven, he still looked like a man. We know this from Revelation. So, if God is neither male or female, why does Jesus, being God the Son, look like a man even in heaven?

Is anybody actually able to answer this question lol?

Why is this even a question?  Does it matter at all?  Shouldn't we be more concerned with getting to heaven ourselves and less concerned about what things (or Jesus) will look like when we do get there?  If you're still questioning it then, ask him yourself when you see him.


 ::clappingoverhead:: ::applause::

(oh, FYI, He will look like WONDERFUL!)


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« Reply #33 on: Thu Apr 26, 2012 - 09:33:37 »
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After Jesus was resurrection and was back in heaven, he still looked like a man. We know this from Revelation. So, if God is neither male or female, why does Jesus, being God the Son, look like a man even in heaven?
In God's creation, a man is in charge, with his lady to help him. So, Jesus showing to be a men shows how Jesus is in charge of all. Jesus Christ is the Lord of all.

But we know how a man's identity really has to do with his character.

So, for order and organization and position, he may have the identity of being a "man".

But, deeper, his real identity has to do with if he is honest and kind and peaceful and a good example of how to love God and be holy and loving with all people.

So, I consider that Jesus being male on the throne is in order to demonstrate He is Head of all power and dominion. It is not mainly about sexual anything. Your sexual part is not what gives you your real identity. And Jesus is not Lord of all because of some male organ on His body, but Jesus is our Lord because of His character that makes Him who He is to our Father. So, His true identity and worthiness has nothing to do with the shape of His body.

And Jesus in His character is loving, obedient to our Father, "gentle and lowly in heart" (in Matthew 11:29), faithful for us, forgiving, caring for us . . . this is what gives our Groom Jesus His real identity: not just His shape of His body, but the contents of His character ::smile::

And there is imagery to this; it is not, I would say, meant to be taken all the way about every detail, especially not the way worldly people would take this. Worldly people are very concerned about sexual parts, position, power, but not really about how to be in character of love. So, their attention is so much away, elsewhere. They are so about preference for pleasure; so they are so concerned about power and prestige and position and bodily parts that can get them pleasure. Intelligence, charm, ability to communicate, bodily shape and sexual parts all are idols because they help to get pleasure. And so, people can be more concerned about what Jesus looks like, instead of mainly about His character, which of course is His example for us > we need to first be about becoming how Jesus is > "And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." (Ephesians 5:2) < this is where our attention belongs, so we have Christ's character.

We have how Jesus is our Groom and we are His Bride Church. But this does not mean us guys are all female or males getting married to Jesus who is male. The Groom-Bride image represents how Jesus wants to have full intimacy of loving affection with us, all things in common with us as in marriage. It has nothing to do with sexuality or sexual identity which worldly people can be mainly so about in where their attention goes. True intimacy is deeper, in God's love better than human sexual identity; but humans can make an idol and therefore an identity out of sexual stuff, because of the pleasure involved.

But our intimacy with Jesus is deeper and better than whatsoever our male and female ability and bodily parts can do and have and share. Therefore, because we are deeper, in God's love, we are "neither male nor female" (Galatians 3:28) . . . in our character of God's love. In our character of God's love, we are not male or female; and in God's character He is not male or female. But like the man Adam, God is the source and in control over. But this has to do with order and organization, not with true identity > "God is love" (in John 4:8&16); being love is what has the most to do with God's identity; and love can be in male and female forms ::smile:: doing different loving things ::smile::

So, in character of love our Father is not male or female, but God is the best of all that is good. He is not limited to only one or the other. Actually, "female" means having come from male; so female is not really different, but only in position and for order and organization and specialization. "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:18) So, we all . . . men and women . . . "are being changed into the same image". We all are being changed into the image of Jesus our Groom . . . so that we are compatible with Jesus so we can spend all eternity with Him > "as He is, so are we in this world." (in 1 John 4:17).

So, deeper than our bodily shape is our true identity. It does say things religious can have outward form but "not the very image of the things", in Hebrews 10:1. The "same image", then, is not really our shape and what we show, but the spiritual quality and character of Jesus in us. "'Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.'" (John 7:24)


Thankyou, at last somebody has answered my question. Thanks :)

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Re: A question about God's gender
« Reply #34 on: Thu Apr 26, 2012 - 10:59:08 »
Why is this even a question?  Does it matter at all? 

Yes, that was my thought as well. 


 

     
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