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Is God male?

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    I personally don't think God is male. I think God is more of just a gender-less cosmic being with infinite energy and power. Yes, the book was written by men but think about this. When we say mankind, we are talking about the entire human race, man, woman and child. The terms back in those times are much more different than they are now.
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      I think most people thinks God is male because of some reasons. He designed the first man after his image. We call him father and most Bible verses about him uses male pronouns. God is a spirit with no body though. He doesn't have a body, he is a powerful omnipotent being that created everything. He is the reason why the Universe exist. He is the Alpha and the Omega.
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        Yes, I believe that He's a spirit with what we would consider male-like features.
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          Jesus is God, and He definitely has "male-like" features. Of course, unlike The Father or the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus has two natures, Divine AND human, a male human to be exact (and so He remains in Heaven, even today).

          We've made a lot of images of the Father as a male human being floating in the clouds over the years, but is there any reason to believe that a spirit, particularly this Spirit, who is omnipresent (IOW, all of Him exists in all places and at all times at once), also maintains a localized shape or form as well? Is there any Biblical evidence that tells us this is true? People "heard" His voice at His Son's baptism and on top of the Mount of Transfiguration, but does the Bible say that anyone has actually seen Him?

          Remember that along with the Bible telling us that "God is spirit" .. John 4:24, Jesus made it clear when He was among us that NO ONE has ever seen God the Father .. John 1:18 (though many obviously saw Jesus, both as a man in the NT, and in various forms in His pre-incarnate state in the OT).

          There is one example I can think of in Acts. Right before Stephen was stoned to death he told us that He saw the Glory of God, and Jesus standing next to Him in Heaven .. Acts 7:55-56, but he doesn't give us a description of what he saw, what the Father's "glory" looked like, just that He was there.

          Perhaps there are some other Biblical examples that I'm not thinking of right now??

          Yours and His,
          David
          Last edited by David Lee; 07-06-2017, 03:31 PM.
          Matthew 5
          16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

          Matthew 7
          12 However you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

          1 Corinthians 13
          1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

          1 Peter 3
          15 Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
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            The Father is masculine but I doubt He's "male" unless he has a male spiritual reproductive organ, which I cannot even type with a straight face. Male and female denote biological function, which applies to organic material/flesh, neither of which the Father is of (He is a spirit). The Messiah was the only one to have seen the Father, and he calls Him "Father," so there is a pretty good hint towards His character.
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              God's Word always refers to God as He, the Father. Jesus Christ was born into Jewish culture as a male and grew into a mature male. Messiah means God with us.

              So -- you don't think that Jesus Christ was a male in every sense of the word? Even with the physical organ? He was as male as any man who's ever lived on earth. And He Also lived as a single man with temptation all around Him, but did Not Sin. The liberal secular world would have Jesus having an affair with Mary Magdalene just to give single Christian men an excuse for having affairs. But, WE know that That did Not happen. But -- Jesus Christ -- here on earth -- God incarnate -- was a baby growing into an adult Jewish man -- being tempted in all ways but Without sin. To show Us that it Is possible to live a Godly life -- Not sinless perfection -- but a Godly life Through the power of the Holy Spirit who does live within us.

              Jesus Christ was tempted by satan, himself -- while here on earth. He responded back to satan with Scripture - - rebuked him. We can do the same.
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                Originally posted by Sue D. View Post
                Messiah means God with us.
                Immanuel means "God with us." Messiah means "anointed one."
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                  Originally posted by Origen View Post
                  Immanuel means "God with us." Messiah means "anointed one."
                  Okay -- and the thread title is "Is God male". Jesus Christ was the Messiah, the anointed one. Meaning that Jesus Christ was God incarnate and the anointed one -- correct?!
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                    Originally posted by Sue D. View Post
                    The liberal secular world would have Jesus having an affair with Mary Magdalene just to give single Christian men an excuse for having affairs.
                    I thought the preferred belief among the secular world now was that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene? It's popped up in everything from the Da Vinchi code to comic books, and I've heard people say that the wedding at Canna was Jesus' own. I haven't seen much scriptural support for that view in the Bible though.
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                      Originally posted by ChatterBox View Post
                      I thought the preferred belief among the secular world now was that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene? It's popped up in everything from the Da Vinchi code to comic books, and I've heard people say that the wedding at Canna was Jesus' own. I haven't seen much scriptural support for that view in the Bible though.
                      Hi ChatterBox, I don't believe you'll find any Scriptural support for either proposition. For instance, here's what the Gospel of John has to say about the wedding in Cana. It seems clear that Jesus, His mother, and the disciples were invited guests at the wedding, not members of the wedding party.

                      Chapter 2
                      Miracle at Cana

                      1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there;
                      2 and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
                      3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
                      4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.”
                      5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
                      6 Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.
                      7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim.
                      8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him.
                      9 When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom,
                      10 and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
                      11 This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

                      As for Mary Magdalene, there have been various speculations about her over the millennia (like the rumor one of the Popes started that claimed she was a prostitute), but none of them are grounded in either Biblical or even extra-Biblical fact. The Bible uses these words to describe Mary Magdalene's relationship to the Lord:

                      Mark 16
                      9 After He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.

                      St. Mark would not have used "from whom He had cast out seven demons" by itself to describe how Jesus knew Mary Magdalene if she was His wife!!

                      "Fake News" was a reality long before the 21st Century

                      Yours and His,
                      David
                      Matthew 5
                      16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

                      Matthew 7
                      12 However you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

                      1 Corinthians 13
                      1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

                      1 Peter 3
                      15 Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
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                        Society has a hard time with Jesus Christ being both divine and human and not giving way to His human 'instincts'. But His purpose was to show 'us' to His Father in heaven. He had close friends without giving in to human temptations. Which Also shows us that 'we' can have close friends without having sexual over-tones involved. Marriage and children were not His purpose, as Scripture Does show us.
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