God’s Gender and Authority

With all of the gender identity crisis going around, it’s no wonder that the question of God’s “gender” comes up today more frequently. Is God masculine, or is He feminine? Is He some other gender entirely, or does He transcend gender itself? Has God ever associated a gender to Himself and, if so, why might that be important? Answering these questions will shed light on God’s intended relationship with mankind, and the role that our society is intending for God.

The first question to answer is, “Is God masculine, or is He feminine?” God who is indicated here refers to the Judaeo-Christian God of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. The best way to find the answer to this question is to see what God, and the authors He chose to reveal Himself through writing His Scriptures, says to us. Looking through Scriptures we see that in Deuteronomy 32:6 the writer calls God, “Father.” In Isaiah 64:8 God is called Father again by the writer and is acknowledged as the creator of all mankind. Finally, in 2 Samuel 7:14 God calls Himself, “Father.” We know that fathers are masculine, therefore God is referring to Himself as being masculine. Yet, isn’t God a being that transcends a mundane thing such as gender? As a Christian my answer to this is both yes, and no. Is God the Father a being that transcends gender? Yes. Is it the same for Jesus Christ His Son who subsumed humanity by being the one and only God-man? No. From the theology of the Dual Nature of Christ, Jesus Christ remains both 100% God and 100% man simultaneously in heaven. Yes, that is man, not woman. Jesus also testifies to God the Father’s decision to be referred to as ‘Father’ when He gave us the Lord’s Prayer. God intends for us to relate to Him as our Father, yet there is an attempt in our society to hijack His masculinity. If we look closer we can see that there is more at stake than attributing a male gender to God. Authority itself is under attack.

When God is portrayed as masculine, He automatically takes upon Himself an authority that upsets the balance which feminism and the social justice movement today have worked so hard to create. This utopia of everyone being equal that our society is trying to ensure through “social justice” will inevitably nullify authority. If we level the playing field to make everyone equal, then we have a situation where no one has authority over anyone else. And what better way is there to promote the need for “equality” between men and women than by attributing male authority with abuse. In order to rid our society of abuse, we need to rid our society of male authority wherever it may be, even if it is found in God. Therefore, according to our society today, if we treat God as masculine, then He must also be cruel and abusive with the ability to cause an imbalance of power and authority to His favor. Such an imbalance can not be tolerated.

In order to deal with this, feminism and social justice are attempting to force an equality in authority between us and God, or at least to minimize His authority. What easier way to do that than to try and make Him feminine. Here we have an instance where an individual (God) has clearly chosen a gender to be identified with, yet elements of society are not happy with that and want Him to change it. As feminine, He wouldn’t be viewed as calloused or judgmental or punishing, but nurturing and open minded and tolerant/understanding of any type of behavior. This mentality would lessen or nullify His authority over creation (if such a thing were possible), for what can be punished if everything is acceptable? Society could then rest at ease knowing His abusive authority was ended. Unfortunately, this perpetuates the erroneous idea that if authority is abusive, then we don’t need authority. The problem is: there can be no peace without authority. Authority can be cruel and vindictive. Authority can also be benevolent. With authority today being labeled as abuse such individuals and organizations as God, husbands, fathers, and the police are seen as bygone institutions that need to be changed or abolished. Nevertheless, these entities still do establish order and create peace through their use of authority. When viewing God’s gender and authority, it is important to understand that there is a relationship between God, masculinity, and authority that cannot be broken. In His Scriptures, God wants us to refer to Him in a masculine way as Father. From a Christian perspective, God has even taken man into Himself for the purpose of salvation. Social justice and feminism are trying to minimize or nullify the authority that comes with masculinity yet God, the ultimate rule-maker, will always have the last say.

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TimTrautman

Hi, I'm Tim Trautman, an aspiring blogger with a special sensitivity to issues surrounding Masculinity and Femininity. This blog is designed to make readers aware of the issues and grant a healthy understanding of what Masculinity and Femininity are.

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