Read part 1 here: “The Gender of God: What if God is Female?”(Part 1 of 4).
What if God is female?
Returning to the problem, one can debate that the deeper issue herein is a psychosexual-demigod complex. More simply put, the Theology of Glory. Strict usage of gendered language, when talking about God, is the result of a cultural movement. What is a psychosexual-demigod complex? It is a process that happens when one forgets to acknowledge the mysteries of God.
First, one can seek to “know” God and to understand God so much that they forget that God is awe-inspiring. Second, one can become so fixated on talking about God as he or she that the act of worship starts to get cloudy. Third, one can develop an, “I’m married to Jesus” phenomena. In no way, is it healthy to have that sort of attraction towards ones savior. It’s problematic. Fourth, always seeking to please God so, “he won’t punish us,” and so we can become “better Christians” is also a problem. All of the above, are components of the aforementioned psychosexual-demigod complex. Why is this problematic? If we achieve perfection, this makes us God (thus, a demigod). If my abusive or scary heavenly father is going to hurt me, I want no part of that God or that father.
Moreover, what if God is female? What if God is male? What if God doesn’t have a gender? What if all this talk about God’s gender makes people think of God in a, subliminally, sexual fashion? What if gendered language prompts the association of God with abuse, molestation, or abandonment? What if the result of all of these things is the distortion of faith in God? These gender connotations can be a distortion of God, faith, and healthy relationships (when used improperly) which is dysfunction. The result is dysfunctional theology and a diluted perception of God’s message. In order to rectify this distortion, one must look to the work of the cross; knowing, this is the work of an infinite, transcendent God – who cannot be contained in our languages –and we need to do away with gendered language or use it correctly.
The discussion continues here: “The Gender of God: What if God is Female?”(Part 3 of 4).