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Old 22nd July 2013, 08:26 PM
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Prayer Why does God identify Himself as a Father ?

God is our Heavenly Father, identified as a male, not a female.

God is Spirit, so why the need to designate a human gender ?

Anything feminine was created by a masculine God---so why specify ?
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Old 22nd July 2013, 08:34 PM
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Because the greatest problems today are because people don't own up to their own problems .. and shift the blame . the Father figure teaches to take ownership .
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Old 22nd July 2013, 09:06 PM
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Wisdom is often described as a female, although it is obvious that wisdom is genderless.

Matthew 11:19 (KJV)
"19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children."

Luke 13
"34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! 35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord."

It could take its root from stubborn social tradition or language, etc. In German, there are three words for "the": der being male, die being female, and das being neutral. Although a table obviously has no gender it is nonetheless assigned the male form of "the" as "der Tisch". Other inanimate and genderless objects are assigned different forms of "the" for no real apparent reason. It could be similar to that.

In reality though I don't think God has a gender, neither do I think angels have genders, and I don't think our souls have genders either because genders are solely a trait of humans for the purpose of reproduction.

If we're all supposed to become Christlike we have to abandon all the mortal traditions and temperaments anyway, so I think it's something that only matters to humans.

Edit: See Hebrew names for God.
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It is pretty simple to be honest

English is really the only form of tounge that does not assign gender to things. They have to have a way of converting the text somehow. This is where you get the "him" and the "hers"
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Originally Posted by bottomofsandal View Post
God is our Heavenly Father, identified as a male, not a female.

God is Spirit, so why the need to designate a human gender ?

Anything feminine was created by a masculine God---so why specify ?
There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
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Originally Posted by bottomofsandal View Post
God is our Heavenly Father, identified as a male, not a female.

God is Spirit, so why the need to designate a human gender ?

Anything feminine was created by a masculine God---so why specify ?
God is denoting His Fatherhood and not His gender. God is a Spirit and doesn't have a gender. Jesus however was born with a male gender, though in Heaven those differences probably won't matter:

Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
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When I pray I say, our Father, because Jesus says that is how to address Him. (not her)
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Old 23rd July 2013, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Mazzaroth View Post
Wisdom is often described as a female, although it is obvious that wisdom is genderless.
My wife tells me otherwise...

Originally Posted by Mazzaroth View Post
In reality though I don't think God has a gender, neither do I think angels have genders, and I don't think our souls have genders either because genders are solely a trait of humans for the purpose of reproduction.
Agreed.

But why did God choose to identify Himself as A Father not A Mother ?

Why was Jesus a Son, not a daughter ? I am not a mysogynist or sexist.



Instead of Father and Son, why isn't it Mother and Daughter ?

Is there a reason ? Does it not matter in the slightest since we are spirit ?

I have no preference, but is patriarchy culturally relevant and relatable ?



Are the attributes of God more powerful when depicted as a male ?

Is God more approachable as a male ? Does a King attract more subjects ?

Perhaps power could carry more weight, but what about love ?

Wouldn't a female foster better response in certain circumstances ?
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You have got to be kidding.
Rethinking scriptures because they aren't clear to you.
Ah, that's like taking away from the word of God.
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You have got to be kidding.
Rethinking scriptures because they aren't clear to you.
Ah, that's like taking away from the word of God.
I am not kidding at all. Do you really think everyone thinks like us ?

I am not saying I believe this, but I have been asked by non-believers.

What do you suggest telling a seeker who asks such a question ?
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