Is God a woman? There is a trend lately referring to God as “she” or “goddess”. Ariana Grande released a song called “God is a Woman”. But could God be female? Here I address why He can’t be.
I get it. I get YOU. I was there once, back in the nineties. I was one of those who called a Walkman (do you remember those??) a “Walkmate”. I was a staunch feminist, reading Ms. Magazine, The Feminine Mystique…all the “in” books associated with the feminist movement. I was the epitome of a feminist. I WAS you!
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Since then, some things changed along the way. For one, I became a believer in Jesus Christ. That changed many of my views, as expected it would and it should.
Second, feminism evolved into something less about fighting for equality and more about fighting against everything male. I won’t even get into the other issues…I will leave those alone…for now. For the purposes of this post, I want to focus on this one issue….
….I began to hear God referred to as “she” or “goddess”.
Let me tell you, regardless of what you might like to think…God is most certainly not female. No matter how much you might want Him to be, no matter how much it grates on you to use a masculine pronoun to describe Him, He is not.
Is God Male?
The very word for God in the Hebrew language, Elohim, is a masculine, plural form. So for those who want to argue that, in translation, men assigned God a masculine pronoun..you’re wrong. He was HE from the original text.
For those who will say, “Well…back then women were property! Women weren’t held in high regard so of course, they referred to God as “He”.” Again, you are wrong.
You see, Judaism is actually a matriarchal and matrilineal society. Women are actually revered in Judaism. In fact, Judaism is passed on to subsequent generations down the line through the mother and grandmother, not the father.
Yes…there were definitive roles for women and men but don’t mistake that for inequality as regards VALUE. They weren’t held in lesser regard just because their roles differed.
The website Judaism 101 defines it this way:
“In traditional Judaism, women are for the most part seen as separate but equal. Women’s obligations and responsibilities are different from men’s, but no less important…” (Judaism 101 http://www.jewfaq.org/women.htm)
This page also goes on to say:
“Many of the important feminist leaders of the 20th century (Gloria Steinem, for example, and Betty Friedan) are Jewish women, and some commentators have suggested that this is no coincidence: the respect accorded to women in Jewish tradition was a part of their ethnic culture.” (Judaism 101 http://www.jewfaq.org/women.htm)
The God of the New Testament is the God of the Old. The God of Judaism is the God of Christianity. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The view and value of women in each is no different.
Men and Women Are Different, And That’s OK!
I am the first to say I am not equal in many things to my husband. But that has nothing to do with value! He can do things I can’t and vice versa. He will never be able to give birth or experience a cold with dignity!
We are NOT equal and that is OK!! But what we ARE equal in is our value as human beings and our value in the eyes of God.
When you start to refer to God as 'she' you create God in YOUR own image!Click To Tweet
When you try to make God something he is not, you have made an idol for yourself…a god of your own design.
You decided you don’t like what the Bible says about God. Maybe you had a father who was abusive or unloving and you just can’t stand to think of a Heavenly Father! You want a female god and that is not the God of the Bible. You can’t recreate who God is any more than you can recreate the fact that you came from a male father! That’s biology baby!
I can CHOOSE to believe that God is female but that doesn’t make it so.
I can believe that the law of gravity doesn’t exist but if I walk off the roof of my house I am still going to hit the ground! What you BELIEVE has no impact on the truth!!
You can’t recreate who God is any more than you can recreate the fact that you came from a male father! That’s biology baby!Click To Tweet
You do not get to recreate Him just because you somehow feel less powerful being under the authority of a masculine deity.
And I understand how you feel!
If you’ve had an earthly father who abused his position and authority, if he abaondoned you, you may naturally feel a Heavenly Father will do the same. But He will not ever leave you or forsake you!
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Know Your Worth
Maybe you’ve had men in your life who made you feel worthless or insignificant. God being a “He” does not diminish your value or worth any more than your earthly father being a man makes you less of a woman.
The gender of your father has nothing to do with your worth or value. It has nothing to do with your value in society. We don’t all of a sudden demand that, because you are feminist, you want only female parents and that a male parent is somehow incapable of raising up a strong, capable woman!
So why do you demand that God be female and using terms like “goddess”? Does a masculine God really diminish who YOU are?
You are in dangerous territory when you start to create gods for yourself.
“I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
Exodus 20:2-3 (KJV)
Your worth and value as a woman in society are not determined by anyone else’s gender, including God’s.
God being a He does not diminish your value or worth!Click To Tweet
Oh, I have heard the arguments. I’ve heard because the Bible says God created man in His image…male and female He created them…therefore God must also be female as well.
You are assigning to God human attributes. Again, you are creating God in the image YOU have of Him.
You are picking and choosing what you want God to be like (and what you don’t want to accept about Him) as though you are at some spiritual buffet!
You are picking and choosing what you want God to be like (and what you don’t want to accept about Him) as though you are at some spiritual buffet!Click To Tweet
Listen to me….you are a beautiful, powerful woman already! The Bible doesn’t diminish the value of women, it actually demonstrates it!
Look at examples such as Ruth, Esther, and yes…the Proverbs 31 woman. She was a successful businesswoman, a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur. She did it all! She is referred to as the “virtuous” woman.
The Hebrew word used here for “virtuous” is “hayil” and means strong, capable. It was actually a word used to refer to military strength…now that is strong!
There are many Biblical examples of women of virtue and strength in both the Old and New Testament.
God is not a woman, no matter how much you wish He was and no matter how many times you refer to Him as “Her”. You believing it doesn’t change truth!
But know this; God loves you and created you to be a beautiful, strong, valuable woman nonetheless and He desires a relationship with you. He longs to know you and He longs for you to know Him…as the loving, faithful Father He is.
And a loving and faithful father will never diminish your worth and value. People may…but God never will.
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