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How Can God Be A "He"...

philochristos
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4/15/2014 8:27:12 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I think that's just an anthropomorphism. I don't think God literally has gender.
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zmikecuber
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4/16/2014 8:04:36 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/15/2014 8:24:48 PM, Rational_Thinker9119 wrote:
Without male reproductive organs? Serious question....

Well God doesn't have a "gender" in the sense that we have genders, but he's usually depicted as being a loving fatherly figure, so maybe that's why...

Also, it might have had something to do with the cultural view of women at the time. They were considered to be intellectually and biologically inferior. They thought that if everything went correctly in the biological process, then a man would result. But if something messed up, then a woman came about. Also, since man is a "rational animal" they thought that since women were less rational animals, they were inferior types of "men".

That's not to say that they thought women were sub-human in anyway. Aquinas ascribes to all of the above, but thought that some women would have a higher place than men in heaven, and that they were just as much people as men.

Now we know that that's incorrect though, particularly the biological stuff.
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4/16/2014 1:43:54 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/15/2014 8:27:12 PM, philochristos wrote:
I think that's just an anthropomorphism. I don't think God literally has gender.

God, in order to help us begin to understand Him, and have a relationship with Him communicates with us in words that we can relate to (Father, Him/He);however God cannot be defined, nor can He be confined, defined orr constrained.

Isaiah 55:8-9

New International Version (NIV)

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the Lord
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4/16/2014 2:11:09 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/15/2014 8:24:48 PM, Rational_Thinker9119 wrote:
Without male reproductive organs? Serious question....

Masculine, not male.

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Juan_Pablo
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4/16/2014 2:20:53 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I actually consider God an "it", but I do use "he" from time to time because that's how God's traditionally referenced.
Juan_Pablo
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4/16/2014 2:21:47 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Personally, I have no problem if someone chooses to use "it", "he", or "she" to refer to God.

I personally approve of all of these.
Fanath
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4/16/2014 2:24:36 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/15/2014 8:24:48 PM, Rational_Thinker9119 wrote:
Without male reproductive organs? Serious question....

Because god DOES have a penis. Duh.
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Mirza
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4/16/2014 9:01:58 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
It's about the grammar. Example - In Arabic, God is referred to as "He" due to the gender the term belongs to, not due to God's nature.

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Installgentoo
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4/17/2014 11:19:43 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/15/2014 8:24:48 PM, Rational_Thinker9119 wrote:
Without male reproductive organs?

"He" is the traditional pronoun people would use when an entity's gender was undefined.
Sidewalker
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4/17/2014 4:41:59 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/15/2014 8:24:48 PM, Rational_Thinker9119 wrote:
Without male reproductive organs? Serious question....

What makes you think God is a "He", "without male productive organs"?
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