“I’ve matured in my faith. I’ve matured in my policies. Today you have a forty-something woman running for office. Not a 20-year-old. So that’s a big difference.”
Wow, these comments make me sad - I feel like you have missed something wonderful here. Debbie, your gentle pointing out of of God's feminine side, sitting there staring us in the face throughout the Bible was such a joy to read! So heartening to remember the fingerprint of God in who we are, as women, in the complexity, power and beauty of birth and the protectiveness of a mother hen. Its the sacred in the seemingly 'ordinary'.
"Any halfway decent theologian will tell you that God is decidedly not an old man on a throne in the sky."
You have got to be kidding me. It is the doctrine (a.k.a. absolute, undoubted teachings) of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that Yahweh/God/Allah is decidedly a, "He." There is zero - repeat, zero - argument on this point in the synagogues, churches, and mosques.
Additionally, out of sheer curiosity, why is TIME Magazine printing the opinion of a woman who has zero affiliation with any of the major religions that teach/preach the Word of God? She clearly has her own personal doctrine, and does not speak on behalf of any of the religions. Her opinion on God, therefore, is irrelevant and (quite frankly) incorrect.
That's all fine as long as, per Megyn Kelly of Fox News, it is a white male:
More relevant question is: should god be feminine. Only thing even remotely divine are women, because they create new human life.
I don't think we have to worry about the gender of a 'god' when there simply isn't one. There are plenty of other things we could be debating around gender and equality. But this is definitely not one of them.
This article is very misleading. Your choice of Bible, which "employed more women scholars..." sets off red flags, or at least should. I am a woman, and I am ashamed that you are one of those trying to use religion to supposedly "inspire" us. There are plenty of women throughout the Bible proper, with two of the most notable names (other than Mary) being Esther and Ruth. There is no need to try to turn God into a woman, He made us for certain things (even if I feel like we let Him down at every turn).
Second, you seemingly cherry-pick your verses and offer no context verses for them to help explain your views. You then offer up your own "opinions," when it is well known that the Bible doesn't need you to do that - it provides its own answers. You are romanticizing it, and that's absurd in itself. It doesn't need to be turned into a romantic novel of sorts where women take the front stage like the heroes we pretend to be - it needs to be heard, truthfully and strongly.
Third, God is a HE. Yes, a HE. I am a woman, and even I can see it - God is referred to as a HE all through the Bible, whether you like it or not. Here's a well known verse right near the beginning: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:27, KJV) Take note of the words - "HIS OWN IMAGE..." God made man first, in HIS image, then created woman from man. Simple, clear-cut. Plenty of other verses in there where He is referred to as He, just go look.
If you are a serious pastor (I doubt it from your article here) and take the Bible seriously, then I strongly suggest you take a moment and question whether or not you truly know what you're talking about, and just how many people you are misleading with your beliefs about the Bible. The Bible does speak of what happens to those that purposely mislead - if you know the Bible as much as you seemingly want to appear to, then you'd know exactly what that means, and you should stop what you're doing immediately.
God is genderless... God is the power one finds within oneself... God works through me when i assist a little old lady with her groceries... God works through me when i am forced to smash an enemy... God works through me every time i plant a flower or kiss a baby.
As a none western religious person, I would have to mostly agree, even as a guy. God is not gender or a person, he creates That/Them and all there Is, but cannot be defined as human-hood. This Almighty would be closer to a feminine gender because it is our intuition and everything that ego is not.
I find the origins of the abrahamian god interesting. The Jewish/Christian/Muslim god was originally named El Elyom, and was the head of a pantheon which included a large number of gods, some of which with familiar names: Dagon, Baal-Hadad, Astarte, and Molech. Over time, the cult of El Elyom eliminated the cults of the other gods, presumably because the cult of El Elyom was identified with the local ruler, and the name was shortened to El, simply meaning "God".
Scattered throughout the old testament are numerous fossils of the old beliefs and the extinguishing of the cults of the other gods of the pantheon. For El is indeed a jealous god.
Anyway, El was the canaanite counterpart to Zeus, and as any decent theologian can tell you, yes, just like Zeus he really is a middle-aged man with a big white beard, sitting on a throne in heaven: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8f/Canaanite_God_El.png/300px-Canaanite_God_El.png
Debbie Blue is correct.God is a woman.God is vain, just like a woman.God requires constant worship and praise, just like a woman.God is vengeful and cruel, just like a woman.God requires constant control and obedience, just like a woman.Yes, God is a woman.Anyone reading the Old Testament or the New Testament would easily agree that any being as vain, cruel, and controlling as God must be a woman
Speaking as a male, your misogynistic hate comes through very loud. And you could even be a women.
God is not a gender, or a person.
Your views of some such vicious God is more about your problems then any clarification. Many of your adjectives speak just as well about men, its neither and both.
@Galen Hahah, and now the comment is back at where it started. Amazing.