Can either that all the masculine imagery is

Can we use gender-neutral terms or inclusive
names for God or are we required to use masculine? This is a question many have
asked but C.S Lewis addressed this in his book, God in the Dock. C. S. Lewis
stated “Goddesses have, of course, been
worshipped: many religions have had priestesses. But they are religions quite
different in character from Christianity…. Since God is in fact not a
biological being and has no sex, what can it matter whether we say He or She, Father or Mother, Son or Daughter?
Christians think that God Himself has taught us how to speak of Him. To say
that it does not matter is to say either that all the masculine imagery is not
inspired, is merely human in origin, or else that, though inspired, it is quite
arbitrary and unessential. And this is surely intolerable (1970, p. 237)”

            There are many people who consider God to be a male father figure and others who believe in
God the Mother figure.  This is not
inclusive language this is a belief that God has a Gender. In efforts to avoid
confusion many have turned To avoid giving either group the privilege of using
their particular terminology for God, use the gender-neutral term of it.

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            Christians cannot put a Gender on
God because gender is something that God created,. God fashioned Adam and Eve
into to separate genders, giving one an X chromosomes and one a Y chromosome so
that they could reproduce. God has no need to reproduce so there fore he does
not need genitalia. Biologically speaking God can have no gender,
because God had no parents, and has no need for sexual organs. If God wanted to
reproduce he could create anything that he wanted in his own image, it would not
need to be done through sex, God could just speak it into existence.

             The gender of God has been up for debate in recent decades due to
women’s feminist movement, secular culture, and the major religious groups have begun altering their views on
God and the language they use to express those views. We were first introduced
to “God the Mother” by the World Mission Society
Church of God, also known as the Church of God. The world mission Church was founded in South Korea in
1964.  The World Mission Church believes
in God the Mother because of the mention of “the spirit and the Bride” in the
book of Revelations. The world Church believes that God is both male and female
and in the last days, God the Mother will appear on
earth in the flesh. The World Mission Society Church of God also believe that God the Father
and God the Mother have come in the flesh in South Korea, according to Bible
prophesies. These teaching are not biblical and have lead to severe debate that
have lead the Body of Christ to be split over.

            According to the World Mission
Church of the East coast Eve represents
God the Mother. In the book of Genesis, we see God give Adam
dominion over all Creation. They believe that Adam could not give life and that
is why God had to create Eve. This is why he named his wife Eve, which means
“life,” and called her “the mother all who live” since life only comes from a
mother. Prophetically, God lets us know that even though God the Father exists,
God the Mother is necessary for spiritual life—eternal life. Because Adam and
Eve were made in God’s image, biblically, they represent God the Father
and God the Mother. The first people God created in God’s plural image were
Adam and Eve. Adam was created in the male image of God. Eve was created in the
female image of God.

            There are a number of people who
have these views but there is a difference between thinking God is both male
and female and using the inclusive language. Due to the feminist movement
inside of the Methodist Church, the Methodist Church of Great Britain decided
to use inclusive language. The church decided “the use of female imagery is
compatible with faithfulness to Scripture—indeed Scripture itself points in
this direction and also gives us examples of that imagery.” They also decided
that both female and male images should be used to refer to God (Inclusive
Language and Imagery about God, 1992).

             

The bible is full of male images of God that
should continue to be used. We never want to get away from God the Father;
however, a balance is needed.  As
Christians, we never want women to feel marginalized by exclusive
language or totally masculine images of God. 
God has feminine attributes as well as
masculine.  Inclusive
language and female imagery is much easier to spot in the bible than people
think.  Imagery like this consistent with
Scripture, with God being described with feminine characteristics. These
characteristics are not some one saying that God is a female it is simply
saying that God has Feminine traits. One example of
God being described with feminine traits is when God is described as a “mother
bird” in Matthew 23:37 where it states “O
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are
sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen
gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”
this passage is about a mother protecting her young, obviously God is not a
bird but his character resembles a mother bird. God’s character is protective
and nurturing. Scripture tells us that God comforts us like a mother comforts
her child
(Isaiah 66:13), that God seeks the lost like a housekeeper
(Luke 15:8-10), trying to find her lost coin, but God also has the fury of
a mother bear that’s cub was stolen (Hosea 13:8)

            This imagery expresses the character of God not his gender , just like
every man that has a masculine and feminine side so does God.. Ill chosen
language may both express and encourage attitudes, which are unworthy, or beliefs,
which are inadequate or false. When we ‘name’ reality we can so easily define
it on our own terms. It argues that our understanding of God has been in some
respects impoverished by the exclusive use of male imagery, and that in the
balance and tension between male and female imagery a richer vision of God is
given.

Scripture, as
the ultimate authority, speaks of God not only
through father language, but also through a variety of metaphors, some
masculine, some feminine, and some genderless. God is called a “rock, fortress,
and shield” (Deut. 32:18, Ps. 18:2); “light” (Ps. 27:1); “moth” and “rot” (Hos.
5:12); “lion, leopard, and bear” (Hos. 13:6-8); “shade” (Ps. 121:5); and
“shepherd” (Isa. 40:11). Each metaphor has distinct “is” and “is not”
qualities. For example, God’s love is fiercely protective like a mother bear
(Hos. 13:8). Yet, God is not like a mother bear in all ways. God is not a
mammal.

Interestingly,
however, in Hebrew, the Holy Spirit is a feminine noun and is frequently
associated with the birthing process (John 3:5; cf. John 1:13, 1 John 4:7, 5:1,
5:18). For this reason, the Syriac church refers to the Holy Spirit as
“mother.” What is more, the root of the name El Shaddai (Gen.
17:1, 28:3, 35:11, 43:14, 48:3, 49:25) can also mean “breast,” which emphasizes
God’s nurturance and sustenance. Significantly, the self-naming of God in
Scripture is “I AM WHO I AM” (Ex. 3:14)—a name without gender.

 

            It is true that the Bible often uses
masculine terms to describe God or His activities. Male names/terms are applied
to God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit throughout Scripture. The names for God—Yahweh, Elohim, Shaddai, Sebbaoth, Adonai, Kurios,
and Theos—are all masculine gender. Furthermore, male metaphors
frequently are applied to God. The psalmist cried, “The Lord is king for ever
and ever” (10:16) and wrote that “like as a father pitieth his children, so
Jehovah pitieth them that fear him” (Psalm 103:13). Nehemiah represented God as
a warrior when he wrote: “Our God will fight for us” (4: 20). Jeremiah
portrayed God as a spurned husband (3:1-2). Jesus likened God to a loving
Father (Luke 15:11-32). The names for Christ—Iesus and Christos—are
masculine. And Jesus is presented in the male roles of a shepherd (Matthew
25:32; John 10:11-18), a prophet (Luke 13:33), a priest (Matthew 26:28; Hebrews
7:24-28), a bridegroom (Matthew 22:1-4), and a son (Mark 1:11; John 3:16 John
mentions the father-son relationship more than 60 times in his Gospel; Hebrews
1:2-3).

            It
also is true, however, that on certain occasions God is portrayed via female
images and metaphors. Isaiah 42:14 has God saying, “I cry out like a travailing
woman,” and Isaiah 46:3 records God’s words as “Hearken unto me, O house of
Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, that have been borne by me
from their birth, that have been carried from the womb.” In Isaiah 49:15, God
inquired: “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have
compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, these may forget, yet will not I forget
thee.” The psalmist used a female attribute in speaking of God when he said,
“Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his
mother” In Isaiah 66:13, Jehovah promised: “As one whom his mother comforteth,
so will I comfort you.” In one of His parables, Jesus portrayed God as a woman
diligently sweeping her house in search of a single lost coin (Luke 15:8-10).
And in Matthew 23:37, Jesus employed a female figure to refer to Himself in His
lament over the city of David: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the
prophets and stoneth them that are sent unto her! How often would I have
gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her
wings, and ye would not!”

            The
second argument that we see is the Gender role argument. To call God a
“he” is a projection of human emotions and characteristics. To call
it “he” or “she” is to limit God to our perceptions of gender roles as they
pertain to the human species. This is simply inappropriate and weird. Some
theists believe that God sometimes uses magic in order to have children. This
would make it female. Others believe that it is male. Whatever the specific
terminology of any tradition, it stands that it is only logical to call god
“it” and not “he” or “she”. Whether If God is
everywhere and knows everything and can take any form, or is perhaps the entire
universe itself, God must be omni-sexual. There is no pronoun for
omnisexuality. Neither a “he” nor a “she” pronoun makes
sense.

            It is potentially offensive (and certainly presumptive) to
womankind to call a theorized creator male, and it is offensive to mankind to
call it female. It is not offensive to use gender-neutral language. It is
certainly not offensive to God, who itself has no gender and, I would concede,
probably has far more pressing concerns than the taxonomic systems of English
linguists.

 

Comparative Religion:

Epistemology and Humility: I do not know God’s gender. It is not offensive to an
all-knowing God to admit that you don’t know what gender it is. It would be
offensive to assume to call an all-powerful being by a Human gender. Nature has
endowed species with various styles of sexualities and genders, and it seems
that a Creator-God would be above it all. Therefore, it is most humble, least
assuming and reflects its nature best if we avoid using gendered pronouns to
refer to a monotheistic God.

 

 

. While God
is self-revealed in terms we can understand through our own experiences, we
should not make these metaphors—these implicit comparisons—absolutes. When we
do, we are making God in our image, whether male or female. Scripture warns
against creating God in earthly images (Ex. 20:4). Hosea 11:9 reads, “I am God,
and not a human being.” “Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you
do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape,
whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird
that flies in the air…” (Deut. 4:15–17). God is neither female nor male, and
it is idolatry to suggest otherwise. God is not limited by gender
because God is spirit (John 4:24).