Q & A: - Why Is God Referred To As Masculine?

(Part One)

 

QUESTION 1: Does the creator have no sex (sexless)?

QUESTION 2: Or is the creator all sexes?  

 QUESTION 3: Why do you refer to God as a deity with a masculine image?

 

Craig,


You keep referring to God as a him.  So maybe it's time we started using a different word for the creator.  Does the creator have no sex (sexless)?  Or is the creator all sexes?  Why do you refer to God as a deity with a masculine image?  In a world of dual natures doesn't it make sense to give the feminine her due in the realm of creation?

Flo

 

Craig’s Answer:

 

Flo~

 

Thanks for your questions; I will answer all of them from scripture, which is the basis for the web site inquiries I receive.

 

QUESTION 1: Does the creator have no sex (sexless)? 

The scriptures do not use the word “sex” in regard to the Creator.  However, the ancient manuscripts identify the Creator using male pronoun keys.  If you read the context of Romans 1:18-25 the writer makes it clear that God’s nature as the Creator is evident within all people, but if they suppress the inherent truths concerning their Creator, it results in futility of thought.

 

·          Romans 1:18-25 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. NAS

 

 

QUESTION 2: Or is the creator all sexes? 

The Creator, God, is defined in scripture as being Spirit; Jesus himself took great pains to make certain the nature of God was clear to his disciples.  I think the definition of terms is necessary to have a meaningful discussion on this subject.  When you ask what, if any sex God belongs to, it appears to me that you might be relating the Divine nature to a fleshly definition.

 

The dictionary definition of sex pertaining to male and female is as follows:  SEX, noun  [Latin sexus; from Latin seco, to divide.]; The distinction between male and female; or the property or character by which an animal is male or female. The male sex is usually characterized by muscular strength, boldness and firmness. The female sex is characterized by softness, sensibility and modesty.

 

God as Creator cannot be defined by genitalia; rather He is defined by intrinsic character.  In the ancient Hebrew scriptures, God’s nature is characterized in all the writings by association with the male gender, which as you will see later, pertains to His inherent nature as Patriarch of all humanity, both male and female, whether it relates to anthropology, botany, mammalogy, etc.

 

·          Isaiah 40:28 Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. NASU

 

·          Isaiah 43:1 But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!”   NASU

 

·          Isaiah 43:15 “I am the LORD, your Holy One, The Creator of Israel, your King." NASU

 

In the passages above, God reveals His nature as Creator using the pronouns His, He, and King. 

 

 

 

QUESTION 3: Why do you refer to God as a deity with a masculine image?

Why God chose to use the male gender as opposed to the female gender is something you and I will find out beyond the grave, but the majority of evidence from scripture indicates He wants us to know and understand Him as our FATHER in heaven, not our Father on earth.  He desires us to live out His will on earth as it is in heaven.  The reason for this is simply because there are two dimensions, spirit and material, and His existence is in the spirit, and our existence is in both (until we die).

 

God is the Patriarch of humanity and He cannot be likened to sexes, even though He defines His own nature from the perspective of the Father.   One ancient prophet named Malachi describes it best Flo; God spoke by inspiration thru these men and women in the Old Testament times:

 

·          Malachi 1:6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is My reverence?” says the LORD of hosts to you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, 'In what way have we despised Your name?'  NKJV

 

Perhaps the reason God identifies Himself, as the Patriarch to Israel is that the customs of their day gave deference to the family Patriarch.  The patriarch in the East is considered the spiritual guide and head of the tribe or clan.  Thus, God identifies Himself as the Creator/Father to them:

 

·          Malachi 2:10-11 Have we not all one Father?  Has not one God created us?  Why do we deal treacherously with one another by profaning the covenant of the fathers?  11 Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem, for Judah has profaned the LORD's holy institution which He loves: he has married the daughter of a foreign god. NKJV

 

Ironically, the pagan idols such as Ashteroth were worshiped as a principle female deity, but in so doing, temple prostitutes were ritualistically abused.  All throughout history, and even today, the religions that elevate female deities always abuse women, and this is most prolific in the Eastern cultures, such as India, where a woman’s identity is viewed as less than worthless.

 

Whenever Christian missionaries enter into a region and bring the gospel, the first thing they are forced to deal with culturally is the devaluation of women.  My point in telling you this is to let you know there is a part of human nature that lessens the equality of status as human being whenever female deities are introduced and given worship, and God knows this is the result of the perversion of the female nature, which He created.  Therefore, He places a great deal of emphasis on the Patriarchal role and position He holds as our Father in heaven, so that we hold in esteem His nature as the One whose power and might is honored.

 

God commands Christian husbands to grant their wives HONOR as co-heirs of the grace of life, otherwise God refuses to listen to their prayers.  Most husbands have not learned this important principle, and as a result, the breakdown of the marriage and family is pandemic, even in Christianity.

 

·          1 Peter 3:7 In the same way you married men should live considerately with your wives, with an intelligent recognition of the marriage relation, honoring the woman as physically the weaker, but realizing that you are joint heirs of the grace of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off. Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.  AMP

 

Cultic religions such as Wicca, violate the nature of God, and actually disgrace the beauty of God-created inherent femininity because adherents of Wicca seek to find the ‘goddess’ within.  The hypocrisy of Wicca in so doing is observable,  that they use nature worship as the means, or vehicle, by which to purportedly seek and thereby find the “inner-goddess” or as many Wiccans say, “the goddess spirit (guide) within.” 

 

By worshipping created things like wind, fire, water, etc Wicca witchcraft actually violates God-given, inherent femininity by rebelling against the TRUE spiritual realm, the realm in which God, the Father inhabits.  They exchange the truth of God’s divine nature for a lie, worshipping and serving the creation instead of its Creator, who is blessed forever.

 

·          Romans 1:22-28 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them.  25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.  NAS

 

It is interesting to note, as the passage above says, that Wiccans are composed largely of feminists and homosexual women (lesbians).  The wisest person ever to live is Solomon who wrote the Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, and he said, ‘Vanities of vanities; all is vanity and chasing after the wind.”  These practitioners of Wicca and other religions that worship a female deity are in fact chasing literally after nothing more than meaningless wind.  When all is said and done, only one fact remains constant, and is applicable to every person.

 

·          Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is:  fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything that is hidden, whether it is good or evil.   NASU

 

Sadly, men in society have not stepped up to the plate, and treated women with the genuine love, care, kindness, and gentle way God intended.  In the kingdom of God where spirit is the essence, there is no gender Flo.  That is a fact that begs the question once more, “Why does God refer to Himself in the purportedly male role?”  The answer is, “He is God.”

 

In the beginning, God created the man first, and then the woman was created from man.  God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and woman was formed from the side of man.  The Hebrew word for woman actually means, ‘from the side of man.’  But what most Bible teachers conveniently ignore Flo, is that in the day God created the man and the woman, God named them BOTH as “man,” or more literally, after the Hebrew word, “adam.”

 

·          Genesis 5:1-2 This is the written record, the history of the generations of the offspring of Adam.  When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.  2 He created them male and female and blessed them and named them both Adam (Man) at the time they were created.  AMP

 

The Hebrew word for man, or Adam, literally means, “earthy, ruddy, reddish, clay-colored.”  The reason for this is simple; God formed Adam, the first anthropoid, from the dust of the earth.  God made the earthen vessel in which man’s spirit and soul are housed; the inner person, man’s soul and spirit were made in God’s likeness and image.  Then, to make man compatible with the rest of His creatures, He created the female human counterpart, named Eve, the mother of all living humans, because she was first to give birth.

 

·          Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus replied, “Have you never read that He Who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be united firmly (joined inseparably) to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?” [Genesis 1:27; 2:24.]  So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder (separate).”  AMP

 

So you see Flo, God did not intend for there to be two natures, but that the two, the man and woman, would become inseparable, united in a loving relation and communication that can be best described as, “one flesh.”  The relationship in the flesh was originally intended to be a reflection of what existed in the spirit.  That was lost when Adam sinned.  But thru Christ’s atonement, we as believers are made one in the spiritual relationship with him, and with his Father, God.

 

·          Galatians  3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise.  NASU

 

I hope this helps answer your questions.  Below are additional scriptures for your consideration on this subject.

 

God bless you Flo~

 

Craig

 

·          Psalms 89:6-9 For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD?  Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD?  7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.  8 O LORD God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds You.  9 You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.  NKJV

 

·          Psalms 89:11-12, 25-29 The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all its fullness, You have founded them. 12 The north and the south, You have created them…25 Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers.  26 He shall cry to Me, 'You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.'  27 Also I will make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth.  28 My mercy I will keep for him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with him.  29 His seed also I will make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven.  NKJV

 

·          Isaiah 63:8-10, 15-16 For He said, "Surely they are My people, Children who will not lie." So He became their Savior.  9 In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them and carried them all the days of old. 10 But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit… 15 Look down from heaven, and see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are Your zeal and Your strength, the Yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me?  Are they restrained?  16 Doubtless You are our Father, though Abraham was ignorant of us, and Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O LORD, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.”    NKJV

 

·          Isaiah 64:8 Yet, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter, and we all are the work of Your hand.  AMP

 

 

·          Jeremiah 3:19-21 "Then I the LORD said, 'How I would set you among My sons and give you a pleasant land, the most beautiful inheritance of the nations!'  And I said, 'You shall call Me, My Father, And not turn away from following Me.'  20 "Surely, as a woman treacherously departs from her lover, So you have dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel," declares the LORD.  21 A voice is heard on the bare heights, the weeping and the supplications of the sons of Israel; because they have perverted their way, they have forgotten the LORD their God.”   NASU

 

·          Matthew 5:16 Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  NKJV

 

·          Matthew 5:44-48 Jesus said, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?  Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others?  Do not even the tax collectors do so?  48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”   NKJV

 

·          Matthew 6:1 Jesus said, “Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.  (from New International Version)

 

·          Matthew 6:6 Jesus said, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  (from New International Version)

 

·          Matthew 6:9-15 Jesus said, "This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  11 Give us today our daily bread.  12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'  14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  (from New International Version)

 

·          Matthew 10:19-20 Jesus said, “But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it.  At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”  (from New International Version)

 

·          Matthew 11:27 Jesus said, "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”  (from New International Version)

 

·          Matthew 12:46-50 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.  47 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."   48 He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"  49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother." (from New International Version)

·          Matthew 26:39 Going a little farther, Jesus fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."  (from New International Version)

 

·          Matthew 26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done."  (from New International Version)

 

·          Mark 14:35-36 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 "Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."  (from New International Version)

 

·          Luke 23:34  Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."  (from New International Version)

 

·          Luke 23:46-47 Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.  47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man." (from New International Version)

 

·          John 20:17 Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"  (from New International Version)

 

·          Romans 1:7 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (from New International Version)

 

·          Romans 8:15-17 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba,  Father." 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.  17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.  (from New International Version)

 

·          1 Corinthians 8:4-6 We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one.  5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live.  (from New International Version)

 

·          1 Corinthians 15:24 Then the end will come, when Jesus hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.  (from New International Version)

 

·          1 John 3:1-2 See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. NAS

 

·          Revelation 3:21 Jesus said, 'He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”  NAS

 

 


 

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