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The Gender of God: Holy Father or Divine Mother?

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Have you ever read something that just made you wonder where people come up with this stuff? Well, today’s question is less of a question and more of a statement that I want to respond to because it seems like people are trying to push a politically correct version of God, that is not supported by scripture.

What Does Androgynous Mean?

As many of you know, its important to have a clear understanding of all the terms we’re going to be using, so I like to go ahead and grab those for you so you don’t have to stop and look them up yourself. defines androgynous in the following ways:

  1. Being both male and female; hermaphroditic.
  2. Having both masculine and feminine characteristics.
  3. Having an ambiguous sexual identity.
  4. Neither clearly masculine nor clearly feminine in appearance.

Now that we know what androgynous means, lets look at the reader comments that inspired this article. The following response was in reference to my video: Animal Human Hybrids, Transhumanism, and The Bible.

Reader Comments

God is androgynous. He created Adam in HIS image. Then He removed the female aspect and made the first female. When He created man He said “Let US make man in OUR image.”

The angels were standing there witnessing the creation of man, and when He said OUR image, they all had the same image – androgynous.

What I believe is that the male looking angels can appear as a female because they have that aspect within, but there are no female angels. As the NT tells us, they are not necessary because they are immortal and do not need to breed.

So although they can look that way, they were not made that way. If you consider angels to be female, you must apply the same to Jesus, which of course is silly.

Like you say, if you see a flaw in my reasoning, please let me know.

(I am reading a second book that you authored, so I am not in opposition to your views). – WarpLover

Let Us Create Man In Our Image

Let’s start by addressing this part of the question because it will help add some clarity to what was going on during the creation. The reason that God said, “let us make man in our image”, is because the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were all present. We see this in scripture starting from Genesis 1:1.

In Hebrew, the word used is elohim, which is translated in the Bible as “God”. The “im” at the end of the sentence tells us that the word is plural, similar to how the “s” is used in the English language. In addition to this, there are other scriptures that tell us exactly who was present at the creation.

The Presence of The Holy Spirit

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” – Genesis 1:2

The Presence of The Father

“For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.” – Isaiah 45:18

The Presence of The Son

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” – John 1:1-3, 14

The Presence of The Angels

Now that we have used scripture to determine who it was that actually participated, lets address the reference to angels. They were indeed present, but they took no part in the creation, or at least we are not told that they did in scripture.

“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” – Job 38:1-7

According to scripture, God takes all credit for the creation of the world. The problem here for some is that God says “I”, which is singular. The presence of the Son and the Holy Spirit would logically be plural. However, we can clear that up as well.

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.” – 1 John 5:7-8

As we can see, there are three, but those three are one. That’s also where the concept of the Trinity comes from. Its not three gods being worshiped. Before I get side tracked into a Trinity explanation, lets continue with the gender of God.

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The Image of God

So what gender is God? Let’s start from the beginning. When God created Adam, He created him in His image.

“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.” – Genesis 5:1-2

Adam was created in the image and likeness of God, and we know that Adam was a male. The Hebrew word used for likeness is “demuth“, which means “resembling”. In a nutshell, Adam resembled God. The text goes on to say the following:

“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:” – Genesis 5:3

If we break this down, Adam was created in God’s image and Adam was a male. Adam’s son Seth was born in his image, and Seth was a male. As we read through the entire Bible, we learn a few things about God:

  • He is always referred to as male.
  • He is never referenced as female.
  • God is not a man.

That last point is one that people tend to get hung up on a lot, especially when they make the argument that God is not male or female. So let’s look at that last point.

God Is A Male But Not A Man

Many people have trouble separating the terms “male” and “man”, but they are not necessarily the same thing. I’m not talking about philosophical definitions, but genetic definitions.

  • There are male dogs, but dogs are not men.
  • Some angels are described as male, but they are not men.

Let’s stop for a moment to discuss the statement that God is not a man. How do we know that God is not a man?

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” – Numbers 23:19

Based on scripture, we can see that God is male, but not a man. What we also know is that God is a spirit, which is another study in itself.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:24

Angels are also spirits, and throughout the Bible, we see mentions of both male and female spirits existing.

The Breakdown

Spirits in the Bible are never portrayed as androgynous, and neither is God. The idea that God doesn’t have a gender is an attempt to appease the masses. However, the Bible wasn’t meant for that. The Bible is meant to be our source of truth, and a means of discernment when we hear strange doctrine.

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