Erin (lizzypaul) wrote in dobson_survivor,

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The Gender of God

A conservative Christian friend sent me a link to an online article, False God(dess) by Karla Dial. The fact that article was located on one of Focus on the Family's websites, Boundless, should have tipped me off to what was to come. She said the article was "funny and interesting" and I should check it out. So I read the article.

I can't remember the last time I've been so offended. Here's a quick sample:

What if God the Creator really were a woman? What would that mean for us, the creations?

The short answer to that question is: We'd be toast. If you think the male God of the Bible is impossible to figure out
now...well, with a female God, you'd have to multiply that confusion by infinity.

My Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. If he were really a woman, that fact would be reduced to a hormonal impossibility. Think about that for a moment. If God were a woman, She would be subject to mood swings. If God were a woman, She would find herself alternating between crying jags, laughter and sometimes, a sort of consuming rage, all for no apparent reason. If God were a woman, She would be subject to That Bloated Feeling.

On the bright side, if God were a woman, She wouldn’t have supplied manna to the Israelite children wandering in the wilderness; it would have been Ben & Jerry’s ice cream that came raining out of the sky, in all the glory of its assorted flavors. If God were a woman, no one would have zits. Ever. And everyone would be good at multi-tasking — even men.

But this is simply not the case. If we had no Bible to tell us otherwise, these facts, if nothing else, should be enough to let us know that God is most definitely not a woman.

If a female God would be hormonal, bloated, confusing, and addicted to Ben and Jerry's, wouldn't it follow that a male God is aggressive, bull-headed, lazy, obsessed with football, and led around by his sex drive?

So by this point I'm sitting on my hands to keep from writing a scathing reply to my friend. I dare to read onward, and get to this choice bit:

Let’s go back to Genesis for a moment, where Moses tells us that God, in the throes of creative passion, made His masterpiece: man (emphasis mine again) from the dust of the ground in His own image — with an eternal spirit, with the capacity to love and reason and rule over all creation. And it was only afterward, when He saw the incompleteness of the man, that God made woman — not from the dust of the ground, but from the rib of the man. If God had been female, why would man be the firstborn of creation?

Then, in an admirable display of conservative doublethink she goes on:

Don’t misread what I’m trying to say here. I’m not claiming to have all the answers on the nature of God, and I certainly don’t subscribe to the theory that women are some kind of afterthought or second-class citizens that God just doesn’t care about as much as men.

Except, you just said that women were an afterthought, and that women are definitely inferior. *headdesk*

There's more to the article, but the homophobia and belittling of women's spirituality follows on this same, mysogynistic path. Honestly, I don't understand how a woman could have written this article. I thought it had to be some kind of joke, but no. She's utterly serious. God isn't a woman, because God doesn't have a period. Not to mention that doesn't have a biblical leg to stand on. After all, the Holy Spirit is referred to in the feminine...or is the Holy Spirit not God anymore? Did I miss the decision to cast Her out of the Trinity?

Personally, I think of God as beyond human genders, but He/She definitely has both characteristics. After all, the bible says: "So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genisis 1:27, TNIV)" For God to create them in His/Her own image, He/She had to have both male and female components.

Oh, I forgot, we only look at Genisis 1 for the 7 day creation story...we have to skip over to Genisis 2 (and over the second creation story that doesn't follow the 7 day plan at all) for the creation of humans.

I refer to God as, well, God. I don't have a problem with the phrase "God/Goddess" that one of the churches I attend uses, but I prefer using simply "God" to avoid confusion with the polytheistic spirituality movements. However, in my mind, God is both male and female. God is more than male or female. I couldn't worship a patriarchal, male God, and there are times when I cling to the female characteristics of God...times when I need a mother's comfort and unconditional love.

Whew. Glad to have that out of my system. Thanks for listening.

x-posted to faith_feminists
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