Sunday, December 23, 2012
Is God a Masculine God?
A novel isn't a novel without conflict; man versus man, man versus nature, man versus the supernatural. Like a novelist, the media must locate or create controversy to sell articles. Such is the case in Germany with the “das” versus “der” controversy.
In 2012, according to a German weekly, a minister in Germany’s government said that it was fine to use the neutral article “das” instead of the masculine “der” when referring to God. She is a member of the Christian Democratic Union party.
The Judeo-Christian God is described as a masculine God. In the Old Testament, Isaiah the prophet refers to Him as our Father. The Gospel of John refers to Christ as the eternally begotten Son of God. Begotten is the past participle of beget which means the father or sire of. Moreover, the masculine third personal pronoun (He, Him, His) is applied to God throughout the Bible including Psalm 23 and Hebrews 1.
Notably, it is possible that angels are genderless beings. The New Testament says they neither marry nor are given in marriage.
For many, the masculinity of God is common knowledge. However, in this day and age of liberal thinking, we are confronted with many variations in the interpretation of scripture, sometimes so small as to be considered insignificant. Nevertheless, we are obligated to defend our faith against the shrewdly conceived schemes and flaming missiles of the devil.