Will WT Announce the Feminine Side of Jehovah?
Just read an article in the Oct. 2008 Awake! and it appears seeds are being planted to announce Jah's feminine side sometime in the future. I suppose this will align with the Land Conservation--Mother Gaia Eco-Religion that is falling into place behind the scenes.
On pg. 24 the subtitle : Is God Male or Female?
(God, these people are so absurdly hung up on sexual natures!)
"...Bible writers were divinely inspired to use human characteristics to refer to the Almighty. This does not mean we should take these terms literally any more than we would Biblical reference to God as "the Rock," "a sun", or "a shield"."
It is an evil psychological ploy when words convey one meaning and illustrations are in direct conflict.
WT does this consistently.
There is something primordial about images; they seem to override words and become implanted in the brain as the message.
What does this say about a publishing corporation using these tactics to deliberately to confuse and mislead people?
Have we not all seen the WT renderings of a manly Zeus God depicted sitting on a throne?
Have we not seen WT renderings of a macho Jehovah with a sledge hammer just waiting to knock us all to Kingdom Come for our sorry sinful misdeeds?
If God is a spirit, having no human likeness in form, and no sexuality, then why has Watchtower always depicted this Jehovah with raging hormones...enough testosterone to grow a full beard and manly muscles and power to swing a medieval morningstar weapon?
Clearly, WT has been misleading people as to the true nature of god if they have always acknowledged him as a spirit. A spirit would not even be considered as a creature. Would it?
If God has no human form, and no sexual identity, then who is this God who sat under a tree and ate lunch with Abraham? (Gen. 18:1)
Will WT tell us stories of how God assumes shape and gender to suit his/her purpose? Perhaps he could even be Reptilian?
How many more surprises and cards up the sleeve does WT hold?
The article goes on to say..."Just as assigning human features to God is not to be understood literally" (nevermind the scriptures say man was created in his image).."use of the masculine gender to describe God should not be taken literally."
Could this be planting the seed of revealing the feminine side of Jehovah at some later date? A Mother Earth type god for the New Dawn? It certainly appears to me that the door is being left open to the flux of gender changes and an androgenous god.
The magazine goes on to take more scripture out of context.
"...joint heirs with Christ in his heavenly kingdom do not expect to retain their human gender when they are glorified as sons (ahem!) of god.
The apostle Paul reminded them that "there is neither male nor female" within their ranks when they become glorified..."
Please correct me if I am wrong. I remember seeing scripture that reads there will be no giving in marriage in the heavens, but I do not recall the scripture saying that people will have no gender form.
If WT is making a lame attempt to quote from this scripture:
"There are neither Jews nor Greeks, slaves nor free people, males nor females. You are all the same in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28)
This simply means there will be no class, race, or gender distinction to cause divisions among people. This verse speaks of uniform equality, not formless invisible spirits.
They are insinuating that god is asexual. That would make sense as god is a spirit creature. According to the society those resurected will be asexual too. They would never impy a feminine side to god as that would negate the justification they use to keep women in their place.
"spiritual creature" (how can it be a creature? Is wind a creature?)
There are plenty of people who are living right now who are asexual.
Doesn't mean they don't have form or a body.
Good point. This is the issue with trying to describe anything that is formed in the imagination of ancient men and embellished over time.
You made me remember this quote where Adam initially was felt to have had both masculine and feminine qualities; the feminine qualities were taken from Adam and put in the newly created Eve. Thinking that Adam was made in God's image, does that mean God has both feminine and masculine qualiities?
*** w56 9/1 p. 530 par. 16 The Divine Origin of Marriage ***
He performed what may be called the first operation of painless surgery. "Hence Jehovah God had a deep sleep fall upon the man and, while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and then closed up the flesh over its place. And Jehovah God proceeded to build the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman and to bring her to the man." The man was overjoyed to receive and accept her at his heavenly Father’s hand, and he named her to show she was part of himself. "Then the man said: ‘This is at last bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one will be called Woman [or Ish·shah´], because from man [or Ish] this one was taken.’" (Gen. 2:21-23, NW) God had now divided the feminine characteristics from Adam and put them in this woman or Ish·shah´ and thus produced the human sexes.
I had been under the impression that God does have some male and female qualities; I had based this on the idea that, since he is the Originator of masculine and feminine charactaristics, he would likely possess them in some measure.
Of course, since in humans male and female qualities are mainly the result of hormones, one does wonder, since God most likely doesn't have testosterone flowing through his anthropomorhic veins. :)
I guess all this just goes to show you that when you have exclusive dibs on the deity, Jehovah (TM) that you can make it whatever you want it to be.
"God" can be defined as some invisible formless spirit, like the wind; or as simply a mysterious "active force" like the catalyst that causes movement in the lava of a volcano or a thunderous erruption.
God can also shapeshift. He can take the form of a man and actually sit under a tree and talk with special ones. He even has a digestive track and has been said to consume food.
Seems WT has left themselves an opening to promote god as having female characteristics as well. This will be needed in the future. Many ancient religions had female deities.
In some languages the male and female are distingished by slight vowel changes in the wording.
Ever wonder why Jehovah's nickname is Jah? Shouldn't it be Jeh? Maybe Jah is it's feminine form.
Yep. Own the deity and it obeys your whims.
Jesus referred to him as father................not mother.lol
FoolsParadise: " Jesus referred to him as father................not mother.lol"
Actually the "god" Yahweh/Jehovah of the OT is a composite of deities. I don't think Jesus was related to any of them.