I’m sure to receive some flack from this post, but I have to write about these things that I try to understand. I would like nothing more than to write this post and give you facts after facts, verse after verse, but I am not really a “factual” writer but rather a “feeling” writer (I also have concentration issues, so too many facts can leave me too many confused 🙄). I write about what I feel and for me, that is usually all the facts I need. I might throw in some “facts” here and there in this post, but please know that these same things can be very subjective. The Bible is a “subjective” Book for me, though many would NOT agree with that and they might even fight me on that. That still can’t take away what I feel in my gut (and heart and mind, too). I write to understand, and I understand to write. It’s that simple:
I did skim over the beginning of the Book of Genesis in the Bible. Nowhere does it say that God created all things as a male or a female. It doesn’t say, “He rested on the seventh day” or “She rested on the seventh day.” No, it just says, “God rested on the seventh day.” Many of us rest on that seventh day (Sunday) because God rested on that day. Men, I think, rarely rest on any days! Women, neither, I suppose. But God did, and it does not say whether “He rested” or “She rested.” Just says, “God rested.”
God made Adam and Eve. That’s in the Bible. I won’t bore you with too many details of this, as far as postulating, “Did they really get along or did they fight all the time?” Suffice to say God created Adam as a man and Eve as a woman. ‘Nuf said. But was God, The Creator of All Things, a man or a woman? I most definitely think NOT!!!! Because God is Spirit, and Spirit is Genderless. Agree? Disagree? Whatever you will…..
I will often pray to God as “Father.” Why am I praying to “The Father?” Why am I not praying to “The Mother?” If God is indeed Genderless, why would I even want to pray to God as a male or a female? It seems I would best be served as praying to God as Spirit, right? They say God is a “Good Father.” God is a GOOD Spirit, not a bad spirit (I think you know who the bad spirit is).
Now here is where I’m going to get hit hard: Is it possible that it is only man, with that high level of pride so prevalent, who chose to “make” God a man? Don’t some men want to see that it is man who rules and it is woman who doesn’t, and that we are talking about a male-dominated (and -dominating) world that seeks to make all things male to satisfy the ever-hungry male ego? I have heard some say God is Female; I am sure this is from those who don’t wish to “serve man,” e.g., make God as Male, for look at what so many males have done in this world to wreak havoc on the poor, the destitute, the lonely, the “weak ones.” I’m not saying women haven’t done this, but men have done it for a whole lot longer.
Then I’m left with, “does it really matter, Timothy, whether you call God ‘Father’ or ‘Mother’ or ‘Spirit’ or whatever?” That is a very good question, by the way. I guess I seek to call God by His (oh oh, I can’t believe I just typed that! 🥰) Rightful Name. Her Rightful Name. Spirit Rightful Name. Jehovah. Abba Father (?). At this point, I’m vying for “Creator,” because God has given me so many wonderfully nuanced talents and artistic gifts to create wonderfully nuanced works, and I don’t want to ever forget that!
And here’s where I might get hit hard again: Does God creating Adam Male and Eve Female mean all that much if God is Genderless? You know they are going to go for my jugular with that one, because they will say, “YES! It matters a great deal, for God made Adam and Eve so Adam would not be so lonely and together, they would procreate.” In all actuality, it does say that in The Bible, so I won’t argue that one. But what about those, like me, who are way up in the years and do not see the whole procreation happening in our lifetime? Are we somehow excluded from God’s Original Plan, if believed to procreate? And even if God had an Original Plan like this, didn’t that all get thwarted when God made Jesus (Male) who preached about love and not gender-related love? “Love thy neighbor” didn’t say “Love thy man neighbor” or “Love thy woman neighbor.” No, Jesus said “love your male and female and animal neighbors.” I don’t know if I am trying to take the platform of “God doesn’t hate fags but rather loves fags,” but I do want to believe, “God Loves Everyone, All God’s People and All God’s Animals for All Time.”
Just some spiritual food for thought. It’s not like I’m trying to “change” you; I’m just trying to understand you….and me….and Jesus….and Spirit God, The Creator!
Many blessings and much genderless (and much “animalmore”) Love,
Timothy J. Verret