The Feminine Side of God
The ancient scriptures reflect the Jewish culture and tradition of the times in which they were written. Most significantly portrayed is the very dominant, masculine influence that runs throughout the Bible, from the first book of Genesis to the final book of Revelation. Even in the story of the Christ, we find this to be true.
No doubt, Jesus was influenced by the times in which he lived. Though Jesus conceptualized God as the one, universal Spirit, he verbally expressed an anthropomorphic relationship by referring to 'Him' as 'Father'? However, the Greek word translated 'Him' could also be translated 'Her' or 'It'. And the Aramaic term 'Abba' could also be translated as 'Beloved', as well as Father.
Now suppose that Jesus were living in our culture, how do you suppose he would refer to God? Not by Father, that's for sure! But neither would he call God his 'Mother'. Why? Because it would not reflect the times of our present-day world.
I suggest that Jesus might select a name for God that is neutral and equitable -- not a masculine or feminine name -- yet a term that exemplifies the most valued characteristics of both genders. I think the Master would most definitely appreciate our affectionate 'Father-Mother God' approach to this issue. Indeed, the feminine attributes and qualities are most deeply embedded in Jesus' monotheistic concept of deity.
In the Gospel of John, a new term for God is introduced. In the Greek, it is the word 'Parakleôtos' It "fundamentally denotes the office of one who comes to the aid of a person in need". It is presented as a divine expression for God, yet separate from, or different from, the Father and is synonymous with the expression 'Spirit of Truth'. The term could be translated into English as Helper, Counselor, Consoler, or Advocate and conveys the following description when the various respective scriptural verses are combined together.
The Helper, or Consoler, is the True Spirit, the Sacred Spirit
of God, and is within you and shall abide with you always. This
indwelling Spirit or Counselor will teach you everything and
will lead you into all truth.
Is this anything less than the caring, nurturing, loving side of God? It is this comforting, reassuring Presence within each person Unity knows as our Mother-God. Would this not be the feminine, intuitive element within humanity, and the feminine aspect of God, the heart of God, that could not be fully exemplified in Jesus' Father-God concept? If so, then the incomprehensible Trinity in today's world can be appreciated as our heavenly family of God: 'Father, Mother, and Child'.
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
July 1, 2007