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    Re: Is God male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Greetings, Specklebang!

    Excellent post. Anything that is powerful enough to create what we call the universe probably couldn't be described. We don't know enough yet, IMO. :
    We can't even get to the next star in 80,000 years of travel let alone to the center of the universe. We won't be meeting god - now or ever. Nor do we need to.

    When I was in Nepal on a business trip, I asked my supplier, a well traveled and well educated man, about the multi-armed, animal headed gods that each family had a shrine for. He said that they knew that these were not depictions of the real god, just identities that they could relate through. It is the same with all religions - we have a depiction of god to help us relate. I think most people know there is no bearded old man in the sky. But the creator is beyond our comprehension so we use representations to gain a sense of identity.

    Obviously, just an opinion.

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    Re: Is God male or female?

    I never considered the 'gender' of Flying Spaghetti Monster but I must worship it nonetheless
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    Re: Is God male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I know. My point required the assumption, though.




    There are plenty of reasons to refer to God as male in the scriptures without actually necessitating the existence of a vestigial penis. The primary one being that the culture to which the scriptures were aimed was a patriarchal culture. Logically speaking, it makes more sense for a sexless god to refer to itself as male given the audience it was targeting that it does for a being in a single-organism species to be male.

    All of this, of course, assumes God exists.



    Actually, it does have an answer. Assuming that God does exist, the only logical explanation for God being referred to in the scriptures as male is that the scriptures are not intended by god to be taken literally, and that god was employing a persuasive rhetorical approach in his self-identification as "male".

    But those who are adamant about God having a vestigial penis are also the people who make the assumption that the bible is to be taken literally and is incapable of any inaccuracies, even if they were intentional inaccuracies made by God for entirely persuasive rhetorical reasons.

    The entire debate is ultimately a logical paradox caused by people's illogical assertion that the bible was designed by god to be a literal depiction of reality (rather than a book of stories and parables meant to teach lessons about life and morality).

    By combining logical deductions, we can see that, at best, the Bible was intended by God to be a collection of lessons, not a historical account of reality. Those who chose to believe the latter is the case must therefore actively reject logic, since it is impossible to reach that belief in via valid and sound logic.
    Very good posting!

    And it's in line with my religion's teachings as well. Especially the bolded part: Whenever God revealed himself through a prophet, He had to use analogies and a language the respective audience would understand.
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    Re: Is God male or female?

    anytime someone sez: lemme put this in terms you can understand
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    Re: Is God male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I couldn't think of a word for totally useless and nonsensical body part that makes no damned sense whatsoever, so I went with the next best thing.
    You could have named it after my dick then.
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    Re: Is God male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Well?

    Biblically, male. However, the verse "God created Man in His image, male and female created he them" implies that both male and female are in God's image... not necessarily in the physical sense, but in the spiritual sense. This implies that the psyche of the female is also part of God.

    As I believe in God as the Omni-etc Creator of the Universe, I tend to view Him as being nominally male in scripture but probably "beyond gender" in reality, just as the universe itself has no real need of gender.


    Jesus of course was male in his Earthly incarnation, but one could argue that this was simply because it was a societal necessity in the time if he was to be taken seriously.


    So I guess my answer is "nominally male but really beyond such definitions."

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    Re: Is God male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    You could have named it after my dick then.
    Bilbo wankerman didn't seem appropriate.
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    Re: Is God male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    do you believe in mortal aliens ?
    I don't know what to believe when it comes to defining "god" with any thing that classifies as certainty or faith. I only know this. If the concept of "God" is real, there are most certainly more than one.

    Any person or alien could be seen as powerful enough to be called a God. Gods in the spiritual sense may be real as well. I am certain that we have a living spirit. Now expand on that idea in your own imaginaltion.

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    Re: Is God male or female?

    Bad poll. God is not a person.










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    Re: Is God male or female?

    Quote Originally Posted by German guy View Post
    Neither. God is not a person. Any description that attaches personal attributes to God are just very vague analogies that allow man to imagine *something*, at least a remote glimpse of God, but the analogy should not be mistaken for reality. God is incomprehensible by definition, as the comprehended (man) can never fully understand the comprehending (God).

    It is my belief that God sent countless messengers or prophets to mankind, who founded new religions or rather "updated" old ones. Among others, Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Zarathustra, Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed and Baha'u'llah were such divine prophets sent by the one and only God, and accordingly, all of the religions they founded are equally true. Differences in these religions are due to the necessities of a fallible, developing mankind in different stages of its development.

    That's a fundamental teaching of my religion, so I have to conclude that all those seemingly conflicting images of God and metaphysical explanations in these different religions are equally true, and where we perceive unreconcilable differences, we either don't try hard enough to concile them, or hit the barrier of our limited fallible human understanding.

    The different religions are just looking at the same reality from different perspectives. Likewise, God is not anymore a person than He is a force, a principle or a manner of thinking.
    Even the bible suggests there is more than one God....

    Exodus 34:14 Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

    Deuteronomy 5:7 "You shall have no other gods before me."



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