You should know from the start of this blog that I aim to change the way you see God’s nature. It’s not my desire to just give you a different image of God’s character and design. It’s my desire to change who you think God is.
I’m going to show you that part of God is a woman, and I’m going to use the Bible to prove it.
Some of you reading this blog already know my story: Years ago, I had an inaugural experience of the heavenly realm. No, I didn’t have a near death experience or anything like that, but rather a very intense time of prayer that found me exploring the Heavens and talking with God. And, that first trip ended with a promise: “You can come here as often as you like.”
I took that promise to heart, and for years now I’ve been looking into the eternal realm and teaching others how to do it too. Along the way, I experienced some things I never thought possible. To put it simply, if you plan of visiting the heavenly dimension, get ready to be surprised.
Doesn’t that make sense, when you think about it? If you travel outside the mortal realm and begin to peer into immortal things, don’t you think you’ll see things that leave you scratching your head in wonder? Wouldn’t you expect to find things you never thought possible?
At first, this was one of those “how can that be” moments. I had no idea that the stars had so much to say, even if it was a completely Biblical idea! But, I was raised an evangelical Christian, so the consultation of the stars for any reason was considered a big No-No. It’s a shame really, because the stars in the firmament are the only clock God ever ordained.
I did eventually get over my concerns and immersed myself in all that Heaven had to teach me about the stars. And that brings me to the point of today’s blog. I’m giving this quite a set-up because, to some readers, what I’m suggesting today will seem like a very big leap. If that’s you, just remember what I’ve been saying so far: If you’re going to spend time in Heaven, you are going to find out things that leave you dumbfounded and stretch you to your limits of understanding. So, let’s begin.
In traditional, evangelical Christianity, God is believed to have 3 parts. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All of them are believed to be completely male.
Now, consider the following question logically and reasonably: A Holy Father has a Holy Son, so the natural remaining member of that relational trio is a _________. If you answered, Holy Uncle or Holy Pet Dove, you’re not being honest with yourself. I have come to believe the only logical member left out of that picture is a mother. Now we just need to see if our sense of logic and common sense is supported by any evidence.
Did you know that the word for Spirit, which in Hebrew is "Ruach", is a feminine noun, and it’s coupled with feminine verbs? Just to reiterate, in a language that utilizes gender, having a feminine verb implies that the subject is also feminine. The word for the Spirit of God is a feminine idea in every way.
That might seem confusing because everyone seems to call the Holy Spirit, “he.” However, a quick look at the history of Biblical translations might shed some light on how we got there. In Greek, the word for Spirit is gender neutral, so after the first round of major translations the idea of the Spirit became more of an “it” than a “she.” Once the faith was Romanized, the official language of translation became Latin. Latin also has a word for Spirit, but it is masculine. So you can see how the idea of the Spirit migrated from feminine to neutral to masculine, and it has stayed the same ever since.
Now, let’s look at how Jesus, Himself viewed the Holy Spirit. Here’s a passage in the gospel of John that is very revealing:
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Now before we go any further, consider the words in this conversation. Jesus answers Nicodemus’ question with a statement about being born again. We take this phrase entirely for granted; and yet birth (in any context) is a feminine issue. No man can give birth. Nicodemus’ response to that is totally understandable; he just wants to know how he can be reborn from his mother’s womb. Here’s where it gets interesting. Once Nicodemus mentions a mother, Jesus reveals something big in the very next line:
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3: 8)
Now add into this conversation that Jesus’ word for Spirit, in Hebrew, was a feminine noun, and we have a feminine subject doing a very feminine job – giving birth to us. This is the first time that Jesus says the word “Spirit” in the gospel of John; and it comes right on the heels of someone asking about the mother’s womb.
Therefore, if we are going to start looking for the identity of the Holy Spirit, we have to start considering the title of Mother.
There’s an Old Testament name of God, El Shaddai, that translates as “The Many Breasted One,” and Jesus spoke of wanting to gather His people “like a hen gathers her chicks,” so it’s not unusual to think of the Almighty expressing feminine characteristics. However, our traditional notion has always been of a male God playing a feminine role.
Everyone agrees the feminine role is necessary, but we’ve relegated it to a function or personality trait of the Father. In other words, we’ve believed God can act out the feminine, as long as all God’s parts stay masculine. To believe that part of God isn’t just feminine, but an actual woman, is another leap that our orthodox traditions will label as wrong, wrong, wrong.
Notice, though, that I’m not suggesting that God is only a woman, but rather that part of the Godhead is a woman. The other parts known as Father and Son are – and will always be – 100% male.
So, can part of God be a woman?
To have a discussion about the gender of God as it relates to the Trinity, we’d better go back to the first moment in scripture when the concept of gender is introduced. It also helps when that introduction occurs right at the beginning of the story, when everything is still perfect. Here is the account of the creation of gender in Genesis. Let’s look this over and see what we can learn about God’s nature, as well as our own:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them...” (Genesis 1: 26 – 28)
When God decides to make man in “Our image,” the word choice is extremely important.
The word for “image” in Hebrew implies reflection. You could correctly read the passage this way, “Let Us make man in Our reflection.” A Hebrew scholar (and friend) once told me that the connotation of “image” in this verse is like a perfect 3-D copy of the original, which brings on even more significance than being just the reflection of a mirror.
So you could say the verse this way to really get the meaning, “Let Us make man as a perfect 3-D copy of ourselves.” Regardless of any discussion about the Holy Spirit and God’s gender, doesn’t that make you consider your own creation a little differently? You were made to be a perfect copy of God! It’s as if God looked in a mirror and traced what He (or she, or they) saw, and out popped humanity.
Now let’s focus on the actual gender God saw in the reflection. It was both male and female – expressed in two distinct persons. So whenever you read this passage, you aren’t just seeing the dual gender of humankind; you are seeing the gender of God’s separate parts as well.
In other words, part of God seems to be an actual woman in order for an actual woman to be seen in the reflection. Just to say it one more time, if God saw a “Him” and a “Her” in the reflection, that must mean that God is also equally a “Him” and a “Her.” I hope we’re starting to see why the notion of the Holy Spirit as a woman may not be that crazy after all.
Also, notice that in Genesis, God isn’t both genders wrapped up in a composite whole; but rather two distinct genders expressed in two distinct persons.
If this theory proves accurate, we are in for a drastic change in the way we communicate with God. Jesus did that sort of thing when He instructed us to pray “Our Father.” It could be that in the next age a perfectly orthodox way to pray could begin with “Our Mother (or our Parents), who art in Heaven.”
Not surprisingly, I think believers have felt this pull towards the Mother for quite some time, possibly millennia. For instance, Mary, the mother of Jesus, was an extraordinarily important figure in Catholic Christendom. Some have said her importance got excessive, and I’m inclined to agree with them – to a point.
However, I think the reason Mary has been a fixation to many believers is because she sparked that inward need for a mother, and people of faith grabbed onto that image with gusto. Could it be that the mother of Jesus is the closest thing we’ve seen – in the flesh – to the heavenly Mother, and that’s why she’s so revered?
I confess that the more I looked into this issue, the more I wanted it to be the way I’m describing to you. So, yes, I’m biased, but for a good reason. Knowing God as a true Father has changed my life. I’ve found that’s true for anyone who practices relating to Him as their Dad. Consequently, if knowing God as your personal Father is such a blessing and leads to so many life altering changes, what could knowing a heavenly Mother do?
I would think that looking up to Heaven and seeing not one, but two loving parents, who have the ability to conceive, birth, and raise children would be a huge leap forward in understanding our eternal adoption as sons and daughters. I don’t know of another way to say it – it just seems proper.
For now, it can still be just a theory. We’ll see if we all start to recognize a more feminine voice as we near the moment of transition into the next Cosmic age, and we’ll watch to see how the Holy Spirit looks to our immortal eyes – once we open them. For now, keep in mind that God is not threatened by logical, common sense speculation, especially if it has some scriptural support. In fact, I think that He (and possibly She) is excited we are asking the questions.
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