Our Father Who Art in Heaven, how’d ja know my name?

http://specials.msn.com/A-List/Lifestyle/God-no-longer-male.aspx

oh boy, I mean… Oh non-gender reference!  Yet another attempt to take the masculine out of the scriptures.  And, agree with it or not, you gotta wonder… why?  Why this feeling that God should not be a male figure?  And does that now include Jesus as not being God’s Son?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_of_God

Rather than alienate us, doesn’t a father figure tend to draw us closer to the Almighty?  This is a term that we as humans can relate to.  A father guides and protects us.  A father provides for his family.  A father sets the example.  God as a person means He has characteristics; feelings, ideas, morals, empathy, etc.  Viewed as merely a Being it makes Him seem alien and distant.  He becomes just a force, similar to electricity.  If we are to have a relationship with someone, don’t we want to understand that person?  and be confident that He understands us?  For us to draw close to God would require us to have trust in Him, devotion to Him and faith in Him.  We could only do this if God has a personality.  Otherwise, it might be His power that holds us in awe (which it does) and makes us fear Him. 

God doesn’t want us to fear Him in the sense that He might smite us.  Rather, He wants us to love Him and trust Him like a child does his father, having a fear of dis-pleasing Him.  You know and love your father, not because of his strength, but because of his approachability and understanding of your weakness.  And that comes from having a grasp of him as a person, knowing how he will react to your affections, knowing he will return them in kind.  He will not view them as petty.
 
This does not diminish the fact that He IS the Supreme Being, as we are all human beings, He is a spiritual one.  By studying God’s word you learn who God is.  Not just the nuts and bolts of His laws, but the love He has that tempers everything He does.  You learn faith, not as blind obedience to a God that is distant and emotionally detached, but faith in the person you have built a relationship with.  You develop a relationship that is as close as the thing most dear to your heart, knowing He is one that you can trust with your inner most thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams. 

Imagine trying to love a father whom you have never met.  He sired you and left you on your own to grow up.  Could you love this man simply because he caused your birth?  Wouldn’t he become this “being”, this insemination machine who caused you to be born but didn’t take an interest in your development?  In that sense he would lose his masculinity and become an object, much the way taking the masculine out of the Bible will do.  But our Heavenly Father is not such a being.  He is a provider, a wise leader with a caring and nuturing character.  He communicates with us and informs us which is the best course for us as his children. 

 
There are times when God says we must be like Him.  Hating what is bad.  Slow to anger.  Being long-suffering and exercising self-control among other qualities.  We would not view these as being unattainable for us.  God wouldn’t put things before us and tell us to strive to reach these goals if they were not within our grasp, that would be cruel.  We are created in God’s image and can display the qualities of God, and God has given us free will, the ability to choose our life’s course.  All other creatures of earth have instinct, a programming of character.  God allows us the choice to be who we are at our own reckoning. 

The Bible mentions the nation of Israel as being God’s wife and He being her husband.  What better way to show that God wants to be involved with the nurturing and development of His people?  The Bible also talks about how God takes special consideration of the “fatherless boy”.  If the masculine is taken away from the Bible, how would this passage be rendered as relevant and still convey God’s compassion?

It seems religion attempts to be all things to everyone no matter how their lifestyle contradicts the Bible.  As we re-write history and God’s holy word, does it really make us better Christians?  Or does it soothe our desire to direct ourselves first thus enabling us to provide token service to some emotionally detached, all powerful Being? 

A creator that is so distant we regard Him as an afterthought?

The Bible says we are created in the image of God, male and female He made us.  It is reasonable to conclude that God has the attributes of both genders in His personality. 

But as the Father He planted the seed of creation.  Try as we might, we cannot change that.

peace.

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One Response to “Our Father Who Art in Heaven, how’d ja know my name?”

  1. Marge Says:

    I agree with you 100%
    All I can think is someone has a lot of time on their hands to pick apart things they don’t want to understand!

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