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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 month ago

Why is God called 'he'? Isn't that patriarchal and sexist? Plus if 'he's watching women (as well as men) all the time isn't that creepy?

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  • 1 month ago
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    The bible was written during strict patriarchal times.

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    • oscar1 month agoReport

      Well, a tiny percentage of men who often ended up dying in terrible ways and an even smaller percentage of women 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    He probably uses sky binoculars to do it.

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  • sarah
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    God created humans both sexes. so they are his children and as a good parent he watches over his children. Since he is and alien or spirit person he has no sex but as a creator he is referred to as male.

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  • Mintee
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    its because you are using the english language and a pronoun that represents God... God in arabic is just Allah.. there is a special pronoun that doesnt represent english used for God... maybe if english adopted a special pronoun thats not he or she, it would fit..

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  • 1 month ago

    You should see the people in churches sing to one man called Jesus who is God in the flesh. Its weird. And yes its all about one man that we are supposedly supposed to be actually if you really think about it. Why because of what paul said. You must decrease into nothing and Jesus must increase into all. lol Well he did not say it actually like that but he said this "I must decrease and He must increase". What say you?

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  • 1 month ago

    They had bigger things to worry about 2000 years ago. I’m sure they’d have apologised for such a slight of micro aggression  if they’d known how easy life was to become in the 21st century

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  • Papa-G
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    To help humans to understand God’s nature, Bible writers were divinely inspired to use human characteristics to refer to the Almighty. Scholars call such terms anthropomorphic, meaning “described or thought of as having a human form or human attributes.” These terms reflect the limitations of human language to describe the true God, Jehovah. The intent was to capture the essence of the heavenly and convey this in ways that humans can comprehend.

    Just as assigning human features to God is not to be understood literally, use of the masculine gender to describe God should not be taken literally. Gender distinction is unique to physical creatures and is a linguistic device that reflects the limitations of human language to capture fully the essence of Almighty God, Jehovah.

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes it is sexist but there are female perceptions of God too, e.g. the shekhinah and Holy Spirit, and in Hebrew a noun is grammatically either masculine or feminine, so it's more to do with how the language works than God's actual gender. God is also referred to as "the many-breasted one" in the Bible, for example.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    God was given masculine pronouns because of a matter of ancient Jewish philosophy regarding the role of genders in the creation of life. Males were said to play an active role in creating children, and females a passive role. 

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  • 1 month ago

    No, but your lack of basic knowledge on the topic is kind of annoying. Only a fool criticizes something they know absolutely nothing about, in my opinion.

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