Why God Calls Himself a HE?
In The Shack, which the author shares some very interesting insights, he addressed this issue of why God assigns a masculine gender to Himself in the Bible. He said the reason God did it was because He knew fathers would be the ones to fail more in their roles than the mothers and the majority of people would need a father, thus He took on the role.
If you haven’t read The Shack and plan to you may not want to read any further – I would hate to spoil it for you.
In the beginning, the main character, Mack, meets God as three people representing the trinity; God as a woman, Christ as a man, and the Holy Spirit as a woman. The God character said she came to Mack as someone he could accept so he would be open to what she had to say because Mack had negative experiences with his father. In the end, she changed into a man – when Mack could accept God as his father as well. I believe the author made a good point. God is spirit – not a gender. He can come in any form He chooses. However, He chose to be a masculine figure in the Bible for a reason – some of which I mentioned in my previous post.
Bottom line. God wants us to draw near to Him so that He is first in our hearts. He designed a world to teach us spiritual truths. And one of those truths is how to relate and build intimacy with Him. Describing Himself as our husband and father was designed to do just that.
June 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm
Rachel … thanks for stopping by my blog. I absolutely love the Shack. Great read.
June 6, 2009 at 4:50 pm
Thanks for returning the gesture ; ). I agree a great read.
December 9, 2011 at 9:25 am
Hey Rachel, just a reminder,-the woman admitted she had been beguiled, where the man layed the blame on God’s gift to man. -God’s word says there will be no more than 1/10th. of men, but 7times more women. -the old testement says the son of perdition will place himself even above the God that women love(women &children always flocked to Jesus). Jer.”a new thing I give you, A woman protects a man” -this man, from teenager, trusted no one &separated from people as much as possible. -experience has taught me, an evil woman is 10times worst than Hitler, Yet as I have spoke of my neice being the closest thing to Jesus on earth.
December 12, 2011 at 11:07 am
Hi Eldon – it’s true the deception of men and women and the role they play are different from each other, but I believe both just as destructive. It seems their destructiveness plays off of each other, you really can’t have one side without the other – good or bad – as they are connected spiritually.
December 12, 2011 at 11:48 am
A Godly woman is 100 times
the blessing of man.
Some 30, some 60, some 100 fold.
December 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm
Hi Glen, we are all cherished children of God. And the more we each grow in Him, the more we bless the whole for we are all connected. 🙂