Sunday, May 16, 2021

God is a Man

 If you ever questioned the gender of God (as in the God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth), there is little doubt in my mind that God is a man. Now, I do not base this on the male identity assigned to him in the Bible, or God Forbid (no pun intended) that he is a he because the Bible says so, rather I consider his actions. 

Take child birth for instance. If God were a woman, this would be a condition regulated to both sexes. She would want the man to truly appreciate the pain and agony of birth. Not that women do not appreciate or love the joy of bringing a new life into the world, why limit the joy and pain to one gender.

If God were a woman, there would be no disparity among the genders. The centuries of women being socially and politically held down by men, would never have been an issue. There would be equality among the genders. All people, male and female, would have every opportunity known to man. Those last words, just another reference to the domination of men. If God were a woman, the reference of "mankind" would most likely be "to men and women". Should we applaud the term "mankind" as the inclusion of the female gender  - as a kind of man? I think not. The references never end.

Speaking of the the male tense. If God were a woman would the Declaration of the United States state "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal . . . "  I doubt it. Neither the words "woman" nor "she" are mentioned in the text of that document. 

As for the US Constitution,  the Equal Rights Amendment (the ERA) was first drafted in 1923, it took until 1972 before the amendment to the US Constitution was passed by the (predominantly male) Congress. Finally in 2020, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Amendment, the number needed to enact the law. However, in the long 49 year arduous process, 5 states have since rescinded their ratification. Most stating that the amendment is unnecessary, that women are included in the reference of "Man". Isn't that magnanimous of them. 

Oh, there have been considerations, such as "Lady Liberty". Not to mention hurricanes that were all given female names. Well, that was until 1978 when male names were added to the rotation as a notion of "equality".

Which brings us to the question of "Mother Nature" and "Mother Earth".  These references date back to the wisdom on the Mycenaean Greeks in 12th or 13th century BC. However, once again, these personifications refer to the planet Earth, a small speck in the cosmic world, unlike the almighty God, who reigns over the entire universe.  

In Genesis 1:27, it reads "So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him". According to the Bible woman was an afterthought, created from the rib of the male. Perhaps in his own wisdom, God foresaw procreation, and needed someone else to handle that burden.

Don't get me wrong I am not a feminist, just someone opining on the state of the universe. However, one must remember, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature". But then again, that was from a commercial for margarine, an imitation of butter. At least women are given credit in this instance of sense and good taste.

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