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@missak (3311)
Spain
April 3, 2007 4:20pm CST
What do you think about the posibility that God could be a woman?
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• United States
8 Apr 07
If God created woman, then God possesses the qualities of the feminine, just as qualities of the masculine and everything else created. Since nothing is outside of God, there are no forms from which God drew in creating the universe. As an original work of art possesses the psyche of the artist, so every detail of the universe depicts the infinite consciousness. To say that there is a possibility that God could be a woman is sort of like basing all premises on some static ignorance from which we can never escape through reason or revelation. God, creative in all things, possesses all aspects of creation, femininity included.
@missak (3311)
• Spain
10 Apr 07
Do you mean God has not the power or the creativity to invent something that is not of It own nature? You talk like Creation was just a copy God made of Itself.
• United States
11 Apr 07
It would seem more...consistent... to say that the female is like God somehow.
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• United States
13 Apr 07
G-d can appear as either male or female. But G-d's essence is female, She has a lot of explaining to do.
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
13 Apr 07
I love this idea of "female essence". Can you tell me further? what are thoose explaining She has to do?
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• United States
16 Apr 07
Why didn't she carry and bore Jesus herself? Why is child birth so painfull? Why did she blame Eve for the Eden diaster?
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
16 Apr 07
Very interesting questions!!! I'll think on them.
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@Aurelius (10)
• United States
11 Apr 07
To be God is to be beyond humanity, God is no more a woman than a man (despite this, he has traditionally received the masculine pronoun...)
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
12 Apr 07
Many people has answered this, with different words. You might all have right, but I asked you to take it as a metaphore: if God is the Creator that gived us life, isn't it like a mother giving to birth?
• United States
13 Apr 07
Metaphors are just that, metaphors. They are always flawed (even when referring to the finite). But the odd thing is when speaking of the divine, metaphors are about all we have. But to the metaphor of a mother giving birth to child I don't think it's a particularly good one. There were a lot of ancient societies that believed in some sort of "earth goddess" and to them, birth may have seemed like creation, but what we now know about reproduction (egg, sperm, fertilization) it is clear, and commonly understood, that the mother does not create the child in giving birth. But instead, the child is already alive inside the womb. Basically, the metaphor (in today's context) is limited God did not merely "give birth" to the world, he created it. A better metaphor would be the entire reproductive event (where both male and female are involved) where "creation" more specifically happens. But again I stress the limit of metaphor, and God's act of creation was beyond this.
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• Philippines
3 Apr 07
I'm a feminist. I've read books about this. I totally reject that if there is god, it would be male. I mean, the first religion, which is paganism, believes in godesses and that men (people) would only achieve some sort of nirvana if they impart themselves to priestesses.
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@Galena (9123)
4 Apr 07
not just Goddesses though. I don't think that honouring the divine feminine has a value without honouring the divine masculine. same goes for the other way round. it doesn't lead to balance
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
4 Apr 07
"Paganism" is a despective form of calling it. It means "the unofficial religion" for Romans. I love this ancestral religions, I think their ideas are clearler and more approached to Truth than some modern concpts that where introduced by some political interests.
@coferbox (298)
• United States
12 Jun 07
I don't think god is male or female. The Hebrews did not think of god as male, but the Christians refer to god as male because of a translation problem when translating the Hebrew text. Also Christians like to think of god as male because it helps sale the 'women are inferior' doctrine. But I think god is beyond being classified in human terms. While I think god holds both male and female qualities I don't think we can fit god into a box like that.
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
12 Jun 07
You're right. Well thought. But what about its philosòphycal/methaphoric impliances?
@onedollar (782)
• Belgium
12 Jun 07
I believe God is sexless provided he exists. But I'm more at easy with the notion that God is female. As it's woman who give birth and will love their offspring unconditionally I think we'd better refer to God a she. Who's the person you respect and love most: your mother, right?
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
12 Jun 07
That was my idea in this discussion. At least as a methaphore, we should think of a Mother Godess.
@sororravn (449)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I think that in order to think about the possibility that god could be a woman, I would have to believe in god first!
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
16 Apr 07
Ok, I have another discussion on atheism so please join it!!1 thanks for your anser.
@Rachelg (221)
• United States
12 Apr 07
In my Religous beliefs , God is a male, and We also have a Goddess who is female, so both for me. I find that this belief suits me, because in life everything is either male, or female, even in nature, so It only stands to reason, that my divine power, be both.
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
12 Apr 07
Sounds great and interesting. What Religious beliefs are those? Polytheistic? There is also some aparently politheistic but wihich has a God over all, are you talking about something like this?
@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
12 Apr 07
...when God was alone in the 'universe', he decided to reproduce himself (so to speak) but when he did, he split himself in two, by making male and female - We're made "in the image of God" i.e. male and female / protective and nurturing (for instance).. But the "goddess" and 'gods' of antiquity, though they began as attributes of God, became very cruel (lots of human sacrifice in those days!) As the attributes of God, became like convenient shells for the dark (fallen) angels/entities to step into..
@missak (3311)
• Spain
12 Apr 07
It sounds interesting but a little bit confusinng. Can you explain yourself some more? I think sacrifice is another sicussion not related to that one, I'll post a new dicussion on that topic. I don't think a female God would be cruel or ask people more human sacrifices than a male one. Interesting the idea of a splitted God, I got to think on it.
@Galena (9123)
4 Apr 07
God, whoever you see it as, is an absolutely vast creative and destructive force far beyond human comprehension. it doesn't have a gender. it is polar though, and this is how it can be a creative force. I see it as a Goddess and a God.
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
4 Apr 07
I wanted to relate this creative force to a woman giving birth, at least as a metaphore. But, if God created us, He/She should have some kind of relation with us too... I think we can discover some things about God reflected on us, for example some kind of human feelings or reactions that are universal, such as love and freedom needs.
9 May 07
Both Judaism and Islam acknowledge the feminine side of God (Jehovah/Allah). Cantors sing of the feminine, and in particular, the Sufi Islamic peoples hold the feminine side of Allah in high esteem. It is unfortunately Christianity which attempted to sideline women, and has caused problems within communities because of this bigotry. The feminine has been more sidelined in Judaism and Islam due to this western influence upon Jews and Muslims (Jews living in Christian countries, and the British influence over the Middle East and Pakistan). Another bad habit the west has exported to previously more enlightened parts of the world! All the best.
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@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I'm still not convinced that a God even exists. However, if a God did exist, it could be possible that they were a female. After all, which gender is better equipped to give life - to actually bring someone into the world? A woman, of course. It's also possible that, if a God existed, they might have no gender. There's a myriad of different possibilities - though, if God were a man, I wouldn't be surprised. Why else would the world be a messed up as it is?
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