Why is the Christian God Male?

@barehugs (8983)
Canada
March 18, 2008 10:44pm CST
Where does this inference originate? Who says God can't be Female, other than the Pope? Women who feel inferior to Men please respond! Women who want a more Prominant Role in their Religion please respond!
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@ClarusVisum (2163)
• United States
19 Mar 08
The Christian God is male because Christianity was started by sexist men. It's really as simple as that. The society of the time was very patriarchal, and signs of that are all over the Bible. In the Bible, it says that women should never have any sort of leadership position in a church, and that they should not even SPEAK in church. The Bible also 'preaches' that wives are to be unconditionally submissive to their husbands, which means if you're a woman with an abusive husband, you have to just take it and deal with it. It's one of the many flaws of Christianity, as well as most other primitive religions.
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• United States
25 Feb 09
Once again clivus, you prove that the more you say the more you prove how little you really know.
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• United States
25 Feb 09
Was it really worth the meager ego boost for you to dig up this year-old (and completely factual, by the way post and whine about it so haughtily (with no refutation, I might add)? Maybe you're hoping people will think you're the height of wit for calling me a toilet in Latin? Mask it through any language you want, but you use the debate tactics of a schoolchild on the playground. Let me know when you have something of substance to say.
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@barehugs (8983)
• Canada
26 Feb 09
Ok now boys! Lets get together on this! where were we? ok we were created by It. Lets face it Religion stinks! As Clevis said Its Flawed, and badly.
• India
19 Mar 08
The Christian God is definitely not a male. God is beyond gender.
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@barehugs (8983)
• Canada
26 Feb 09
Yes head, you definitely have something there. This is something we all can get our teeth into. "It" is beyond gender!
• United States
19 Mar 08
Hey I am not a 100% sure on this but I think it comes from the bible lol, no but really I have been told it is because God is called our father who art in heaven, A man being the maker of babies, and like a Daddy he sets out rules and supports his children,(I know I know women can do all of this as well but, then again the time and understanding and social status was all very different way back when) I dont think God has a Gender, I think it is so our little minds can wrap around the understanding of who God is suppose to be, and I am not inferior to men and I dont need a more prominant role in my religion, I try not to think of my beliefs as a religion, but as a relationship with my creator, God is a spirit so I worship in spirit. Good Question , hopefully LOL, you will get a lot of responses.
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@barehugs (8983)
• Canada
19 Mar 08
You touched a lot of good points here! Perhaps the best one was Time. In the past society was more male dominated than it is today. Thanks for your response!
• Malaysia
19 Mar 08
A good question! I think u've read bible, so u should knew whats women position in Christianity. As simple as that. Anyway, God must not has gender, but Jesus was a male, and a Father always = male. lol
• India
19 Mar 08
Jesus was a male, and therefore God incarnated as male, and therefore to call God as Father or He is ok... but that does not mean God beyond time and space is male.
• Malaysia
19 Mar 08
God referred as He in many languages is OK, but whatever the theory about Jesus, he was a male, or if you say he's not, he's still considered as a male, with physical of male. And father and son both are male, though God the Father and Holy Spirit have no gender...
• India
20 Mar 08
Where is the Father referred to as male? nowhere... God the Father is sometimes adorn with masculine characters, but other times He is adorned with feminine characters. Christian theology throughout the centuries have always understood God to be beyond gender.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Because the Bible says so thats why....Its always been that way and will always remain that way and i also am very happy with it being that way..A woman was never thought of when God created man....Woman was created for man after man was created,and she was created for the man....
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I also do not feel inferior to man ..I feel special because God made woman as a GIFT......Also you also know that you will get lots of response from a discussion such as this.....You need a *
• United States
22 Mar 09
First, God is far, far too powerful to be male or female. There is no need for gender if you don't reproduce, since all residents of heaven came from God as he created them. Second, the Pope is nothing more than an overinflated Pharisee. The Catholic Church has been a massive, massive failure in the eyes of God as a caretaker of the flock of worshippers of God. Why do you think Jesus saw the poor as "being thrown about like sheep without a shepherd?" Third, Women were always respected in the bible, just not made much light of by mainstream religion. In the book of Revelation, God's Heavenly Arrangement was even referred to as a woman, because before God's Kingdom was started, it came FROM the Heavenly Arrangement as a child comes from a woman. PLease respond so we can continue this discussion.
@Theresaaiza (10511)
• Australia
18 Mar 09
I don't think God has a gender. But we got this idea from the early writings which used He as a 'default gender' because according to an article I once read, some languages are male-oriented thereby it reflects on their writings. This 'gender idea' was carried on to modern times which eventually became a notion that God is a Father, thus, he is male. But I know this isn't so. Just to avoid confusion, and hassle, we prefer calling Him a He just for that purpose but in reality we must embrace the idea that God is neither a he or she. Nor is he an 'it'! You have the option to choose what pronoun you wanted but that would never be enough to represent what God truly is. :-)
22 Mar 08
I don't know where this began becouse the word used for God in the creation story is Elohim, Elohim is a fimanine plural foem of El (masculine singular).
@schilds (410)
• United States
19 Mar 08
I think God is male because the bible was written by men. It was easier for them to identify with a male god. Its the same way with Jesus -- every image I've seen of Jesus has been a white man with blondish hair and beard - even though we know that he was from the middle east, and probably didn't look like that at all. It is what was familiar to the artists that originally created the image.
@TravisE (444)
• United States
19 Mar 08
God does not have a gender. God is not a single thing, or even all things. Our ideas about God can have gender associations. The reason why the early conceptions of God were female, and then later male, are the same reasons why the vast majority of people first attach to Mother, then to Father, and finally find some sense of self. Cultures follow the same development lines as their constituent people, but on a mush more protracted scale. Early cultures identified more with the totality of the word and so the worship of God took the form of Nature worship. Later cultures identified more with the nurturing food provider, and emotional foundational bonds, and so God was worshiped as female gendered. The Great Mother. Still later, and mirroring the development patterns of the majority of individuals, culture identified with the apparent source of authority, reason, and emotional distance. God was worshiped as the Great Father. In modern times cultures are beginning to identify more with Self, moving into a state of independence and self-reflective awareness and determination. God has become the Great System, and each individual an equal part of the All. Each of these types are just flavorings, none more valid than another. Sadly, like all development on an individual scale, it is easier to deny and vilify the icons and ideas of a stage one moves from than to integrate them. People typically surpass and disown (which leads to suppressing), rather than transcend and include. So, in modern times we are left with a culture still in the throws of making Mom (women) the bad guys. Hopefully as we continue upwards a more healthy outlook will be taken (but probably just as we move into an adolescent distaste for Dad...) Who says God can't be female? Anyone afraid of women, and Mom. Healing that hatred is the way to re-integrate Mom, and move closer to truth.
@Springlady (3986)
• United States
19 Mar 08
He is our Heavenly Father.