Thoughts on the possibility of a female God?

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Re: Thoughts on the possibility of a female God?

Post by KRay93 » 27 Mar 2018, 19:55

God, according to most religions, is a Supreme Being whose incorporeal nature should lack gender. If he's a man in the ancient texts, it's due to the fact that those who wrote them were men belonging to a patrial-based society. I don't remember if God ever appears directly before a woman, but perhaps in those cases it presents itself as a woman. After all, the major players in the Bible with connections to God are often men...

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Post by TashaCrispin » 29 Mar 2018, 08:13

I do not believe there is a possibility of God being a ''She''. In the Bible, whose scriptures were revealed to the authors, God is always displayed as a ''He''. If one believes in the Bible scriptures, they would not think of God as female.

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Post by Laura Bach » 11 Apr 2018, 02:19

In the roman and greek mythology there are a lot of female Gods, but sometimes they are pictured as vicious and evil or only beautiful, which doesn't make a God now. As we see God from our religions, we see someone very powerful, ruthless and merciful, understanding and caring. All of these features are what a mother should be. Even if we see God as a man and our Father, he has all the traits to being actually our mother, or this is what we look for. I would love for God to be female and this point makes the book very interesting.

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Post by jvez » 22 Apr 2018, 07:14

I think it depends in one's culture. Others have both female and male gods. For my part, I do not see anything wrong with the portrayal of God as a female. Besides, if there really is an Ultimate Being who loves humans dearly, I don't think He/She would even bother what humans call Him/Her, whether Mother or Father.

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Post by Catherine Davis » 27 Apr 2018, 09:01

I was shocked to read the reference of God as a woman. It just never had a thought in my mind of referencing God as a female. Has nothing to do with gender equality and to someone who doesn't believe in God, its no big deal. The bible has never referenced him as "her" and he was a carpenter by trade which in biblical times was a man's position. I first thought maybe it was an error but the by the second reference, I thought "wow".

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Post by itashichan » 04 May 2018, 06:53

fayetino wrote:
09 Aug 2017, 01:43
in terms of religion this book was really confusing. God was referred to as she, isn't it supposed to be goddess then. I also didn't understand if this was a made up religion or an existing one.
I found it very confusing too. It was kind of just dropped in there and not talked about, and since the character thinking of "Her" was Catholic or raised as, it was a bit strange. (I think both Arthur and Abigail think of God as a she at some point in the book?)
Most of the book implied that it's set in our world, with the supernatural stuff going on behind the scenes. People tend to not refer to the Christian God as a she, so at first I got the implication that these characters knew something most people don't, like they'd met Her or something, but then it wasn't talked about at all so that implied it was meant to be normal but it just felt really off. In fact, it was explicitly stated that the Council don't know if there's a "true" religion and the Christian characters just called the evil beings demons because that's what they'd been taught, so why would they refer to God with a gender that is the direct opposite of what's taught? There's no reason for it at all and it doesn't really add to the book. If there was a little sentence of explanation like "Abigail didn't know for certain it was a she, but that's what she felt" or something like that it wouldn't stick out so painfully.

And this is coming from someone who primarily worships a Goddess, not a God. :eusa-think:

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