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lexie
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Im an athiest. But I read a book ("God: The Interview" by Terry Lane) which basically said that God is Mother Nature, and "gave birth" to the universe, and is therefore female, and throughout the book is referred to as she.

I dont necessarily see that god being referred to as male as being wrong, but i feel that Christianity as a whole (and dont get me wrong, many other religions too, and please dont jump on me here because i dont want to be seen as bashing religions, but if you read the bible its hard to dispute) do encourage inequality and sexism.

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My religion (I'm Mormon) has a pretty unique view of this whole question. Mormon doctrine states that gender is part of our identities--we existed before we were born and will exist after we die, and that our gender existed before and will exist after. God is definitely male, but has a female counterpart. While She is not discussed much in the scriptures, She is an absolutely equal partner to God. Obviously, this has all sorts of implications . . . So, no, I don't think that it's wrong to believe that God is a man. However, I believe that it is wrong to think of God as a solitary and omnipotent male, without an equal female counterpart.

I believe unequivocally that men and women are absolutely equal. I believe that my religion teaches the same thing. However, I know plenty of people in my church, in other churches, and who don't participate in any religion, who believe otherwise. I think that for these people, religion, societal structures, political structures, and economic structures, are really nothing more than a vehicle through which they can practice repression and exercise power. Religion becomes nothing more than an excuse for suppression. I definitely struggle with particular ambiguities within my religion's doctrine, but would never be able to adhere to any belief system that ultimately preached that half the world's population is somehow inferior due to chance.

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i quite agree with the mormon's answer. I'm catholic and I believe God has become one of us, as a male: Jesus Christ. For me God is Father, Son and Spirit. I understand father more as "parent" in some books of the Bible God is described as a mother, what matters is the strong feeling of paternity/maternity god feels toward us.
Yet i know there's a lot of differences between girls and boys, and discriminations. Even, and i'm sorry to admit that: especially in religious people.
that's what happen when you care too much about society, and you don't go back to the reading of the Bible...
(sorry for mistakes, english isn't my native langage)

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'i'm a buddhist. the buddha was a mortal man.'

i was taught that buddha was not g-d, he was like a prophet. in judaism, g-d is supposed to be gender neutral but is often referred to as 'he' becuase of society's expectations. i'm assuming that g-d is both becuase there is a female side to match the male side often portrayed. yahweh is the male profile who is often referred to and shechina is the female profile that comes in the form of shabbat on friday night and saturday. shabbat has always been personified as female and after thinking it over, i believe that g-d is both as powers can take shape in the profile of both genders

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Don't Really feel this way, I'm a strong Athiest.

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Not that I've personally examined them or anything, but I heard that in the original bible texts, God was referred to as "she" or in plural, but that was changed as it was translated... Either because it was difficult to translate, or (more likely) because women were not thought of as very important at the time.
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Hm, I've never really thought of it -- always saw God as a man, but I suppose it doesn't really matter? Then again, I've always just thought that way because that's how "He" was constantly depicted to me as a child.

I'm at a time in my life where I see things as very black and white with no gray fuzz in the middle, so as far as religion goes, I'm definitely lax on the issue. Though now that this question has been brought up, I'll use my insomnia to ponder it...interesting.

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I don't think he's being referred to as a man, but he is being compared to a father because of the role he takes in your life.

Also, he has no gender since he is not human.

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Then why call your god "he" at all?

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i was taught that buddha was not g-d, he was like a prophet
That's a bit of a misconception. In Buddhism, the point is essentially that everyone is Buddha, so there are not prophets or the like. Certainly, there are people in the world who can be our teachers, and Buddha has been a big teacher for many, but the whole framework of saints and prophets and the like doesn't really translate in most Buddhism. For the most part, trying to translate a lot of the kinds of structures we see in religions to Buddhism just doesn't work (in part because it's not technically even a religion).

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quote:
Originally posted by Ovan:
I don't think he's being referred to as a man, but he is being compared to a father because of the role he takes in your life.

Also, he has no gender since he is not human.

How is it a fatherly role? God could very much so be seen like a woman... women have children, God is supposed to have created the world. Women nurture and care for their babies (not to say that men don't, but women were given breasts which definitely help) like some religions say God does for creatures on Earth,etc.

God is often given typical male gender qualities when discussed.

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