God the Mother?

We really need to resurrect the word “heresy” and put it back into everyday use :

A CHURCH of England bishop has urged Christians to recognise the “motherhood” of God.

The Bishop of Bolton, the Rt Rev David Gillett, said God’s motherly role was an established element in Christian belief and should be emphasised to counter masculine images.

In the latest issue of Crux, the Manchester diocesan magazine, the bishop said that Mothering Sunday, which falls on March 26, was a good time to explore the theme.

“Some dismiss the idea as a modern heresy linked with the rise of feminism,” he said.

“But recognising the motherly role of God has an honoured place within Christian spirituality and is an important corrective to overlie dominant masculine images.”

You can only agree Bishop Gillett if you ignore what the Bible actually says about God. Nowhere is God described as anything but masculine, fatherly terms.

Here’s the deal: Redefining the nature of God based on a selective interpretation of scripture is how you start a cult.

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4 responses to “God the Mother?

  1. Can be establish that we are living in the last days with some of the heresy and doctrine that the so called established church is churning out?
    Come out of her and be seperate pleeeease.

    http://journals.aol.co.uk/tommy3lions/Repairerofthebrokenwalls/

  2. While God is described in masculine terms in the Bible, this is not necessarily
    because God IS solely masculine but rather came with the territory. The
    Biblical authors were more apt to describe God as masculine essentially due to
    the times in which they lived. I find it very presumptous of you to announce
    that the possibility that God has feminine qualities or traits or takes a
    “motherly role” is heretical. The Lord compares himself to a mother through
    the prophet Isaiah in Is. 49:15 and clearly has various traits associated with
    motherhood elsewhere in the Bible.

    I sincerely hope you are not suggesting that the Almighty God is confined by
    human understanding of gender. I would assume that point of view to be more
    heretical and ultimately limiting to God as being purely GOD than the suggestion
    that, as the article states, God has a motherly role.

  3. Jordan: The existence of the Asherah groves indicates that people in biblical Israel understood the difference between male and female deities and were capable of describing them in appropriate terms.

    If God is almighty (and I believe He is), and truly encompasses both male and female genders, would He not have guided the human scribes of His word to describe Him accordingly? (And if He was not capable of doing so, how can we call him “almighty”?)

    Blaming this on the paternalistic bias of the ancient Hebrews is an unsatisfying answer. Clearly the ancient Hebrews were influenced by the surrounding cultures; indeed, that’s a major complaint of the Old Testament prophets. The Eygptians didn’t have a problem with ascribing both male and female aspects to Atum, their creator God, and the Greeks knew Hermes and Aphrodite to be male and female aspects of the same being (hence “hermaphrodite”). So claiming that such a concept was unknown to the ancient Hebrews just isn’t plausible.

    No, it’s more likely that Yahweh was consistently described in fatherly terms simply because that’s who He is.

    I don’t presume to know anything about God beyond what is recorded in the Bible. Redefining God to suit our perceptions of what we’d like Him to be is dangerous ground, the first step toward creating a cult.

  4. As my dear brother derek states above,
    ‘If God is almighty (and I believe He is), and truly encompasses both male and female genders, would He not have guided the human scribes of His word to describe Him accordingly? (And if He was not capable of doing so, how can we call him “almighty”?)

    I have to agree, His ways are above us, but he gives us His word and says not to add or take away from it. To imply that my Dad is feminine is in my opinion, ‘adding to His word’ because His word does not teach this.

    http://journals.aol.co.uk/tommy3lions/Repairerofthebrokenwalls/

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