Goddess worship is certainly not new.
All throughout history, we see pagan worship of Goddesses. It was only a matter of time before some Main Stream Christian denominations would address what they see as the “Feminine” side of God.
New agers refer to ‘Mother Earth’ (so does Pope Francis). These people are worshiping things created but not our Creator – GOD. It actually says in the Word that Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity, was the “Creative” One Who brought everything in this world into existence
The Preeminence of Christ
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:15-18).
Question: “Is it biblical to refer to God as God the mother?”
Answer: The first thing to recognize is that God does not have a body and therefore does not have gender in the technical sense. At the same time, God is consistently referred to as our heavenly Father in Scripture, never as a heavenly Mother.
There are a few places in Scripture where God describes Himself in motherly terms in that He does some of the things that a mother might do, like comfort or feed her children (see Hosea 11:3–4; Deuteronomy 32:18; Isaiah 42:14; 49:15; 66:13). There are about a dozen more verses where God speaks of gathering His children under His wings, as in Psalm 91:4: “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Covering with feathers, it is said, is something a mother bird normally does. However, in Psalm 91 masculine pronouns are clearly used. Some cite Deuteronomy 32:11–12as comparing God’s actions with those of a mother eagle: “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them, and carries them aloft.” Notice, however, that the text does not refer to a mother eagle, and eagles are one species of bird where the father will also sit on the nest. Even if it is granted that God does some things that a mother commonly does, He is still Father—just as a human father may do some things that a mother normally does but is still the father, not the mother.
If God does not have literal gender, why does it matter if He is called Father or Mother? In brief, because God the Father is a biblical term (e.g., 1 Thessalonians 1:1), and God the Mother is not. The idea of “God as mother” usually comes to the fore when discussing issues of gender equality and gender roles as defined in the Bible. The Bible teaches that men and women have different yet complementary roles. Both men and women are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:28) and are equal before God, both in sin and salvation. However, God, for His own purposes, has designated men to be leaders in the home and church; and He holds men responsible for how they exercise their authority. Since God is the Ultimate Leader, His position is best conveyed in masculine terms such as Father and King (rather than Mother and Queen). God the Father and God the Son are both masculine titles, and the Holy Spirit is consistently referred to with masculine pronouns. God has revealed Himself as male, and He is referred to by male pronouns throughout the Bible. To call God “Mother” is unbiblical.
There are evangelical Christians who reject the idea of gender roles and male headship. They would suggest that the society in which Scripture was written was patriarchal, and, while that worldview is reflected in the Bible’s use of language, it does not carry divine endorsement. However, evangelicals who believe this would not normally go as far as to call God “Mother.” Usually, those who promote using the title God the Mother are solidly outside the evangelical camp and view the Bible as a human work, written by men and simply reinforcing the long-standing (and self-serving) patriarchal systems in which they lived.
It is reported that a well-known Bible translator was approached by someone who felt that the translation he was working on should use feminine pronouns to refer to God. The translator asked if feminine pronouns should be used to refer to the devil as well: “Resist the devil and she will flee from you.” That rejoinder was not well-received.
Unfortunately, in our society many mothers do reflect the loving, caring, and providing nature of God better than fathers who have often failed to live up to their God-given responsibilities. Many people would testify that they have trouble with the concept of God as Father because they associate Him with their absent or abusive human fathers. The solution is to get to know God the Father as He really is, not to substitute Him with God the Mother. – source
I think there is no better example of Goddess worship than the Catholic Church. Mary was “Blessed of all women” in that she was chosen to bear Jesus who was fully God and fully man. In the Magnificat, Mary calls the Lord “her Savior” because Mary was a little Jewish hand maiden who needed a Savior just as much as the rest of us.
Catholics call Mary: Mother of God, Queen of heaven, Co-Redemptrix with Jesus, the Blessed Virgin (forever) – Sinless and a plethora of other terms which make her out to be Deity. We know that this is false. Satan has deified Mary to the Catholics to keep them far from their true Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
If you speak to a devout “Catholic” invariably they will tell you that it’s much better to come to Jesus through His mother. They say that His mother has His ear, and that she will make sure that Jesus hears our prayers. This is blasphemous!
Should we really wonder why so many who call themselves “Christians” rave over this book? In The Shack, God the Father is portrayed as an African American woman. This is feminism on steroids!
I’ve read and heard that many churches have used this heretical book for Bible studies. I find it difficult to comprehend why the leadership of a church would use this book when they have THE BOOK – the best selling book of all time – The Bible! I can only surmise that they feel that The Shack can reach so many more people for God; that it is more relevant for this day and age.
God’s Word is ageless and NOTHING can ever replace it. It is all we need. It is God’s own Word to us, which tells us how to live, and even more importantly it tells us of His Great Love for us.
If you are a person who has been intrigued by this counterfeit book, The Shack, or know friends and family who read this book and offer it to others- please have them read this article.
Our God is a jealous God – He wants our love for Himself, and He is Father God – NOT Mother God!
Also, He wants only the best for us. His Truth – His Word IS the best.
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Thank you, Geri. I read that book when I was still working at the jail. I gave a copy to the jail library.
However, I was confused and disturbed by all of the issues you raise.
My most emotional objection to the book’s premise(s) was the idea that God will find a way to SAVE everyone. Moreover, there is no such thing as pure, irredeemable EVIL. Evil is merely accidental environmental and circumstantial disadvantages. No one is purely EVIL.
You DO seem to be confused. There IS absolutely Truth and absolute EVIL. And may I ask what you were confused about in my article? I thought that I made my points clearly. The Only One who is absolutely good and pure is the Lord Jesus. The only one who is absolutely EVIL is Satan. Each person was born into sin because of Adam and Eve. But we have been given a chance to be redeemed – to be reconciled to the Father through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ – IF we repent and trust Him for the forgiveness of our sins.
I was confused about the book – not your article, at all. All of my comments were about the book.
I thought I said that. I’ll have to go reread my reply.
Sorry – I must have read it wrong. My apologies to you.
Oh my…I’ve yet to hear of “The Shack.” If it is as you write, recognizing our Creator as an African American woman, I’m disturbed. I am African American and I know without a shadow of doubt that God is SPIRIT; John 4:24. Great research, and sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Be conformed to the world? Hmmm.. NO!
Romans 12:2 (NASB)
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 John 2:15-17 (NASB)
15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
James 4:4 (NASB)
4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Stand with God and be judged by the world
Stand with the world and be judged by God
Okay, I see my mistake:
[“However, I was confused and disturbed by all of the issues you raise.”]
I should have inserted the word “same” before “issues.” That was my meaning.
You’re fine. It was me who misunderstood! Much love in Christ 🙂
Thank you so much for saying that. I have been saddened by my continued gift for not communicating my feelings well – even though I am a pretty darned good writer. And, I am wrestling with other issues. I’m going to just shut up for a while, and get back to finishing my 4th novel. Titled, FYI, ‘Proof of God’.
Thanks again, for being forgiving.
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