Is God male?
A recent blog [K&M 2012-05-16] on this started with:
Tell a girl she CAN’T have it…
Ohhhhh… Watch how she gets it
This was accompanied by a picture of a scantily clad woman [Superwoman complete with rope]
Notice how it says: “Watch how she gets it!” Now watch the picture that came with it.
Does a woman really have to get down to bra and panties to get what she wants?
What an example!
Well, obviously, I do not have a blind spot as some blogger has claimed, one can clearly see that the female sexual attractiveness is used to help her get it!
I replied to that blog [K&M 2012-05-17]: “Tell a girl that she cannot be a father, a brother, an uncle etc … “ But then again, I cannot be a mother, a sister, an aunt, a nun, or a prioress.
It is not our personal/individual choice at birth [or rather at conception] as to what gender we are blessed with; on the basis of chromosomes the human father has a significant influence at conception.
Then the K&M blog continues [on 2012-05-17] with my statement; “Of course God is male … , Those who deny this make God a liar.” Please note that I did not call any participant in K&M’s blog a liar! I stated my belief that God is male and that Christ Jesus – Who calls God FATHER – said; “I am the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life.” God does not lie, nor does the Son of God!!! It is outright heresy to say that any person of the Holy Trinity could be or is a liar.
Then, on 2012-05-18, M.R. Baker [MRB] joins in; firstly doubting my seriousness regarding my comments and secondly asking if I have done any exegesis lately. The answer is; “Yes, thanks also to checking up on statements and references on K&M’s blog I have indeed; yet, I have NOT done any ‘eisegesis’, I leave that to those whose agenda is not based on the very Word of God.
MRB states later in her comment that God created mankind in two genders, she is right in that; however, can MRB not see that God had a reason for that? Can she not read from Gen 2 that woman was created from man’s rib to be a help suitable to him? Would God not have created mankind [anthropos] as being of one gender if male and female were to be equal/identical with identical vocations?
MRB states; “God is described as a woman in labour (Isa. 42:14)”; now let us have a look at what the Holy Scripture really says in the quoted verse:
“I have held My peace a long time,
I have been still and restrained Myself.
Now I will cry like a woman in labor,
I will pant and gasp at once.
This does NOT say that God is a woman, it says that He cries like a woman.
Furthermore MRB states; “and as a nursing mother, loving the child to whom she has given birth … (Isa. 49:15-16); again let us have a look at what the Word really says;
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Here God is comparing Himself to a woman in compassion for her son, He says women may forget but He will NOT forget because “I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands” note God’s hands not the woman’s hands, as MRB writes!!!
C.f. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, look it up, Isa 49:23.
Further on MRB states that I might be interested to learn that God has feet, eyes, … and a womb. Is MRB really serious? A male with a womb? Do show me where the Bible states that God [the Father] has a womb. Not as if He has a womb or like He has a womb, but that He has a womb!
The above is only a small example that MRB shows signs of feminist creativity and eisegesis to suit her agenda. This combined with MRB’s false statement that you [the contributors to the K&M blog and/or supporters of female ordination] were liars if you called God anything but male shows further her misrepresentation of what I wrote and the deliberate bias against the Word of God.
K&M in their blog dd. 2012-05-21 say; “a legacy of an antipodean Germanic church … “ K&M do you realise that this [Lutheran] denomination in its purest form arose as a response to the errors that had crept into the church of the day [Western Christianity], it arose to combat the scourge of the claimed ability to monetarily pay for the sins of self and for those who had died some time ago, by the inventions of ‘indulgences’ and other evil errors, whilst Christ Jesus has already paid for all our sins in FULL on the cross. The true Lutheran understanding of the Christian faith [as clearly described in the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, i.e. The Book of Concord] provides for a basis to further understand the Word of God and is to be accepted where it agrees with the Holy Scriptures.
Further to MRB’s response [2012-05-21]
Eve KNEW that she should not eat from THAT tree, otherwise the evil one would not have said; “Did God really say … ? She knew and made problems for her husband by offering him a bite of the proscribed fruit. As a husband of 50+ years, I know what it is like to go along with my wife’s wishes to keep the peace, even at times when we do not agree; and I think that Adam unfortunately did the same. Now we have the same evil words coming up again “Does God really say … ?” E.g. does God really say that women cannot be leading a Divine Service? God has clearly spoken on this through His Prophets and Apostles; however, this does not suit every one’s agenda; deviations from His Word have been known for millennia with examples of the results clearly shown throughout the Holy Bible.
MRB also states that “patriarchy was a CONSEQUENCE of the fall.” I do not argue that, but MRB what was the CAUSE of the fall? Was it not Eve’s seduction?
I will not enter into a discussion on the ramification of pornography [at this stage] which has no relation to the gender of God.
MRB comments that her elderly father is still very upset about her being disobedient to Scripture; that admission is very cathartic and it is commendable to MRB to be that open, IMHO her father is to be commended.
MRB do not be amazed that you are a female, gender is not a personal choice, serve God in ways appropriate to how He caused you to be created, serve God in ways that please Him, according to His Word – serve Him, His way not your way.
May God grant the understanding of His Word to you all.
Christian P.J. Bahnerth
GradDipMaintEng., GradCertMgmt., MACS.
GradDipTh., MTh., PhD.