Although there are countless religions around the world, something almost all of them have in common is God. God forms their daily lives and tells them what do, how to live, and who they are. God is at the center of religion and even though in many of religions Gods vary, they all are the root of their religion. My question about this subject would be, could God be a woman?
In Christianity God is said to be a man throughout the bible. God is often referred to as “father” or “him” and always as a masculine term, giving readers the idea that God is a male. Although it is a common trend and belief, if you look closely in John 4:12 it says, “no one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us”. The fact that no one has ever seen God leaves the subject open for speculation. Again in Exodus 33:20 God says, “You cannot see my face for no one may see me and live” meaning only when someone goes to heaven will he or she be able to see God. When looking at the bible closely I realized that nowhere does it say that God is a man, it says we are “made in man’s image” but that phrase of man just means humankind – both men and women.
Because it is not definite that God is a man he could just as easily be a woman. In the bible there a few reference that may suggest God is a woman. The Old and New Testament explore the feminine nature of God for example they have examples of god giving birth in Deuteronomy, examples of God breastfeeding in Isaiah and Psalms, and many where God demonstrates maternal kindness in Hosea, Isaiah, Deuteronomy. At one point in the bible God actually goes as far as to take on the role of a slave girl washing the feet of his disciples. These examples of a feminine aspect to God provide the reasoning that God is neither a man or a woman and could easily be both, one of them, neither or whichever we want God to be.Tags: Faith gender perception