On the Masculinity of God and Christ

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     Is God masculine?  God said in the Bible, “I am God and not a man, the Holy One in your midst (Hosea 11:9).”  The Bible also tells us in John 4: 24 that God is Spirit and that those who worship must worship in spirit and truth.  If God is not a man and God is a Spirit, then is God masculine and why do we think of God in such a way.  The Bible as we have it was written by the great prophets of the Hebrew culture, which was a patriarchal society.  These prophets wrote the words of God under inspiration, but not without cultural influences on the way they presented the information God wanted us to have.  We think of God as our heavenly father, and yet many of the descriptions of God in Scripture have feminine characteristics.  God’s word also tells us that in heaven, we will be like the angels, which are neither male nor female (Matt. 22:30, Mark 12:25, Gal. 3:28).  If we were made in the image of God and our spirits are neither male nor female, and neither are the angels, then we can assume that God is neither male nor female.  Yet Jesus told us to pray Our Father in Heaven.  When we say that God is our father, then it is meant in such a way as to denote that God is the source of us all, not that God is masculine in form.  At the creation, God created them male and female, both in God’s image.  Yet God created Adam first then Eve.  God took from all the qualities of God and created man in that image.  Then God took the feminine qualities of God from the man and created woman.  God divided the qualities of God between them so that the two together would be a perfect picture of the attributes of God.  God did not divide the original qualities of the physical and spiritual essence until man was first created.  Then the division of the physical and spiritual qualities was made.  The original Adam was as God, neither male nor female, or should I say instead, both male and female. 

            Christ necessarily appeared to be masculine, for if he had appeared as a woman, he would not have been recognized as the Messiah in a patriarchal society.  Science tells us that there are children born today, which are viewed as imperfect because they have both masculine and feminine characteristics and that though these children appear as masculine, they are unable to procreate.  It is now possible to surgically correct this defect much like God could have altered Adam to make him more masculine and created Eve from what God derived from Adam’s spiritual and physical essence.  It could be that these are a clue to us as to how Adam [(wo)mankind] was originally created and possibly how we should view God and Christ, that is, as both masculine and feminine. The scripture also tells us in Isaiah 53:2 that Christ had no attractiveness that we would be attracted to.  It could be that Christ was one of these imperfect, or should I say perfect children.  The scripture tells us in I Peter 2:24 that (S)He suffered every possible thing on the cross that we could suffer.  If Christ were only a man, then how could he understand the sufferings of a woman?  Yet if Christ were both masculine and feminine, then certainly (S)He could understand both men and women.  One of the greatest things about Christ’s ministry is the total respect (S)He showed to women along with the fact that (S)He allowed women to have a significant place in ministry.  Some argue that women are not to teach men, and yet Jesus allowed women to proclaim his words to men in several instances in Scripture.  In John 4:14-29 Christ ministered to the woman at the well, who then went into the town to tell the men that she had found the Christ.  When Christ was first seen by Mary Madeline at the tomb in John 20:19, (S)He specifically sent her to bear witness to  Christ’s brothers (disciples) what she had seen and what Christ had told her to tell them.  There were also women who followed along with Christ and the disciples at their own expense and ministered along side them (Luke 8:3).  Some have argued that there were no female disciples and so there should be no female ministers.  Yet there were no disciples who were not Jewish either, and there are many ministers who are not Jewish.  Christ came to reconcile us to God, and to end the curse of the fall of humankind.  When (S)He  died on the cross, then it was made possible for all of creation to be freed from that curse.  God gave us the wisdom to know that through Christ we are free, along with the knowledge for the modern technology that allows us to free ourselves from the curse.  Man no longer has to sweat for his bread, neither is woman still obliged to suffer through childbirth, nor is she subject to man’s rule, except where they are unregenerate and without Christ.  Scripture tells us that there is no difference between us when we are in Christ(Gal.3:28). 


About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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