Why do people refer to GOD as a HE?

United States
November 7, 2009 5:27pm CST
I have found that when people talk about GOD they always follow it up with He is this or that. Why is GOD referred to as a HE? Why not a SHE or an IT? What do you think GOD is exactly? Why do you think that?
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@Harley009 (1420)
• India
8 Nov 09
The Word 'HE' is used in two cases, when the gender is male or when there is no specific gender, or gender unknown. The word 'HE' normally take precedence over 'she' in general usage as a general linguistic rule. God has no gender, and He is used as a general word, it doesn't mean he is a male. Since God has no gender and we have to use either He /She, so in general HE is used. 'It' is used for objects or non-living objects, God is not an object and he is ever living. Also some places you can see 'WE' to denote God. That doesn't mean God is a family or many people. That is called a Royal usage; 'Royal We'. In the same way some kings announce about them. Eg. a king says 'We Order to.....'. Peace.
• United States
10 Nov 09
I would argue that God being referred to as "We" in he Bible could actually be more then one, but not the Trinity. I'm not a Christian, and not trying to validate the Trinity belief. What I mean is that the Tanakh (Old Testament) contains various attribute titles of God, some of them feminine, such as El Shaddai. Remember, that the ancient Jews were also the neighbors of the Canaanites, who served deities called Baals. It is even shown in the Tanakh that at times the Jews mixed Canaanite worship with Judaism. The Star of David is said to be the star of Reziphan, but that's New Testament, so who knows?
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@Harley009 (1420)
• India
11 Nov 09
Oh I was explaining this with Quran, not with Bible. Hope you are not confused much.
@cannibal (650)
• India
8 Nov 09
Not that I believe in personal Gods but it looks like their creators (read makers of the concerned religions) were mostly masculine and were chauvinists. Also, you could argue that they are done so out of convention. I refer to my God, the Absolute Consciousness as 'It'. Not the obvious but I feel my God is more like energy or force.
• United States
10 Nov 09
Kemetics have a similar view of God, because we call God "Netjer", which means divine power or force. We believe this divine force consists of many names such as Ra, Heru, Aset, Nit, etc., but they are all part of one collective "God".
@cannibal (650)
• India
11 Nov 09
Great to know that. It definitely sounds rational compared to the general notion of God.
@alcan4 (5)
• South Africa
7 Nov 09
Hello there! Some people say that when god made the man, she was still training. haha but i do not agree! I think god is a man because didn't he say u can call me father somewere in the bible? And because jesus always called him father, and jesus is his son isn't he?
• United States
8 Nov 09
That is assuming that the bible is correct. What makes you think the Bible is truth? I like your first response, shows you have a sense of humor.
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• United States
10 Nov 09
Since you seem a tad more open minded alacan I will tell you that some early Christians thought the Holy Spirit was female before the Catholic Church stepped in.
• United States
15 Nov 09
never gave much thought to it really I always thought of God as he because the bible speaks that when he made adam he made him in his image. I truely do think of god in the spirit figure though. Lets hope we all find the answers to all of our questions one day when we get to meet him.
• United States
15 Nov 09
or her
@equdee (36)
• India
8 Nov 09
One of the older religion Hinduism have god and godess ,may be your saying about other religion
• United States
9 Nov 09
Thank you, a lot of what I do believe is in Hinduism. I should have been more specific, I was talking about the Christians GOD in the bible. I appreciate your response. I think it important to learn the diversity in spirituality.
• United States
8 Nov 09
Because most religions are run by males, and it is considered taboo to think God is a woman. Women are not meant to rule over man, in any religion, that I know of. You are lucky if you are considered equal
• United States
10 Nov 09
Actually in the modern world most Pagans think of men and women as total equals. The fact that we view the divine as having feminine attributes also shows that our ancestors respected women in the old religions. Some Pagan societies didn't respect women, but a lot of them did.
@Galena (9123)
7 Nov 09
when I refer to Gods, there is male and female. I have a Mother Goddess and a Father God. after all, this is far more logical than one being of one gender creating life alone.
• United States
8 Nov 09
Finally someone with deep thought, much appreciated. I agree!
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• United States
5 Dec 09
because that's how a lot of us were raised to believe how god was to be percieved. Some may say HE sits up in the heavens wearing a crown of gold, in a thrown made of solid gold. I believe a lot of people got this reference of he from biblical scriptor that says man was made in his own image.
• United States
10 Nov 09
Yes that is strange, especially since so many of these religions claim God isn't a man, or is beyond human understanding. I am a Pagan, so I believe the divine consists of both male and female attributes. I usually refer to God as "it".
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
9 Nov 09
This is just my personal opinion of course but I figure its because waaayyy back in the day when the bible was written (and the following centuries upon centuries when it was re-written time and time again) women were considered to be lower class so having a god who was female would have been a big no no....It would have been totally unacceptable and unheard of really
@murderistic (2280)
• United States
8 Nov 09
God does not have a gender, but He is the Father, which is why God is given the title "He" (capital H, of course). That doesn't mean it's wrong to refer to God as "She", because God also has feminine qualities and is a mother as well as a father. But I will not deny the fact that the Bible is a bit sexist, because men are the head of the household. That doesn't make women any lesser of people, but it does mean that the main authority of the house is men, which is undoubtedly why God is referred to as He.
• India
8 Nov 09
In our religion ,our god is one ,The only,The ever lasting,The sustainer and has no partner,Our God is neither male nor female and present everywhere.
@bird123 (10486)
• United States
8 Nov 09
I refer God as He because it has always been done. It! doesn't sound right. Gender is a parameter of this physical world. If you weren't in your physical body, gender would mean nothing. God has no gender either. This is something for people to realize, especially in religions. They do tend to make women second class. Men and women are equal in God's eyes. To be any different is just that man has been trying to control women since the beginning of time.