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Do you have a problem with males refering to God as "he" and females refering to God as "she"?

Asked by lloydbird (8704 points ) August 9th, 2009

If you do, could you please explain?

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lloydbird's avatar

| have a problem with girls having to refer to what is commonly known as God as, exclusively, a ‘He’. Why and how should this be?

noodle_poodle's avatar

nope no problem people believe what they want to..what ever makes em happy is fine by me…i dont believe in god anyway so i guess for me its a bit of a moot point

AstroChuck's avatar

Not really. I refer to the Easter Bunny as he and the Tooth Fairy as she. Those three are all about the same, right?

Mozart's avatar

I have never heard girls call God “she”, only as “he”, is this a new thing?

Supacase's avatar

No. I think they should refer to god in whatever way they relate to him or her or it or they.

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

I thought only feminists call God ‘she’

lloydbird's avatar

@teh_kvlt_liberal Not all feminists are female.

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

@lloydbird I know. Kurt Cobain was a feminist

jaketheripper's avatar

God chose to reveal himself (lol) to us as a he. Obviously he doesn’t have genitalia or a physical body for that matter. His essence contains both male and female qualities but i guess i just go with what he told us to call him. i guess it might be better to call him “It”.

lloydbird's avatar

@teh_kvlt_liberal I didn’t know that. But am glad to.

noodle_poodle's avatar

omg god is a streaker? well either way god hasnt yet revealed himself to me unless he was a random fat guy who flashed me in a pub..cant say i was moved if he was

lloydbird's avatar

@jaketheripper “God chose to reveal himself (lol) to us as he.” I bet some ‘he’ told you that.

noodle_poodle's avatar

yeh i try really hard to be open minded about religion but when deeply religious people start talking its painfully apparent to me that they are bonkers

jaketheripper's avatar

@lloydbird lol umm I believe I got it from the Bible. Would you prefer he be only called she? God wasn’t trying to be sexist. The relationship we have with him is most like that of a father. But in the Bible it also describes God as a hen who wants to protect his chicks under his wing. So it’s obvious God isn’t a “man”.

lloydbird's avatar

@jaketheripper “Would you prefer he be only called she?” – The clue is in the question.
If such a thing as God exists (which I neither affirm nor deny), then why should it be exclusively one sex? It just doesn’t sit well with me. And I doubt that I’m alone in this.

jaketheripper's avatar

@lloydbird ok I see what you are saying. I don’t think most people truly believe that God is a man. Since sex is a biological division God wouldn’t fall on either side. I think he chose to be a he to allow us to relate to him better.

critter1982's avatar

Well if an omnipotent/omniscient God does happen to exist he/she is likely neither a he or a she. He is an it. Something other than male or female. Generally speaking the difference between males and females are their sexual characteristics. Why would God have sexual characteristics if he/she/it can simply speak things into existence.

lloydbird's avatar

@jaketheripper Do you think that “he” would be offended at you if you called “him” ‘it’?

jaketheripper's avatar

@lloydbird to be honest im not sure. He chose to be represented that way in the Bible so part of me says no. I guess it would depend on your motive. I don’t think he would be that mad if it was a sincere attempt to better relate, but if it’s just a gender power game then yes.

lloydbird's avatar

@jaketheripper What do you mean by a ”..gender power game..”?

jaketheripper's avatar

lol im gonna get in trouble…. here goes nothing
If you feel like its not fair that god is called a man and that its a tool men use to oppress women and that you intend to rectify that by calling God a she then i don’t that’s beneficial

critter1982's avatar

@jaketheripper: I absolutely agree with you, but on the other hand if men are actually using god as a man to oppress women then that’s not beneficial either.

PerryDolia's avatar

Since God is neither He nor She, it really doesn’t matter which word you use.

lloydbird's avatar

@PerryDolia Yes, but the word ‘He’ is extremely predominantly used. So surely it does matter. If only for the sake of balance.

Tink's avatar

So is God an “it”?

PerryDolia's avatar

@lloydbird
I guess I should have said, “It really doesn’t matter to me” since they are both inaccurate.

@Tink1113
God is an “IS”

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I always heard it in a joking manner that someone said god was a ‘she’
obviously god doesn’t have a gender
not that i believe in god

Adagio's avatar

@Mozart Years ago I heard a woman say “thank godess”, I think it was her version of “thank god”.

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