Is god a woman?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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It’s a temptation to dismiss this question as illogical, given that “god” can be interpreted many ways, depending what religion is meant (and defining religion itself would be difficult).  Everyone knows that we “personify” God in order to speak of him/her, in order to imagine him/her—there are whole schools of language theorists who work with the notion that conceptualization requires words, etc.  But setting aside all these considerations (and the truth that just because a questioner can phrase an inquiry in question form does not mean that it is a legitimate question), let us look at what humans mean by “man” and “woman.”  Yes, there is the biological equivalent—masculine and feminine, and we all understand that the female is the egg-bearer and the male is the sperm-donater in mammals (an issue much more complex in other, “lower” species)  but we have historically also used these terms metaphorically to mean “anything that acts with will” and “anything that receives.”  Sociologically, this has been at the center of the so-called feminist movement since the 50’s—females have demanded (and won) equal “doing” status with males, equal opportunities to act on the world and not just be acted upon.  Now, regarding “god”—most religions give him/her the status of “creator”—but that alone is ambiguous—is he/she a procreator?  And since “god” is not a mammal, the whole question is a mind exercise only.  What can be said, however, is that our Western habit of saying “him” in regard to “God” is nothing but a linguistic convenience.  Better would be not to use gender pronouns when referring to God. 

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lizzyquina22 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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In my opinion God cannot be a person. Jesus certainly was because he was sent down for a purpose, to redeem us, then he ascended to heaven. God has so much power that a human in the presence of God cannot stand it because its so powerful. God gave us our humanity, we are men and women, so if he created us isn't he different in the sense that he is greater? Establishing an image or a sex to God, I think degrades him but It also depends what kind of god you talk about. 

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ahsan1302 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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The moment you can have an image of God or can compare it with a created it is not God.If you want to know what islam says about God  then i will show you a chapter of the quran In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

  Say: He is Allah, the One and Only! 
   Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; 
  He begetteth not nor is He begotten. 
  And there is none like unto Him.Quran (112:1-4)

The most logical thinking of how god is.

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