Biblical thoughts?January 15 2012 at 12:16 AM
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Kate (Login kateothelamp)
Response to Women as priests or pastors?
Galatians 3:18 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
God is not a man or a woman -- God is spirit. Assigning a sex to God is like trying to determine how old God is. God is so much bigger than that. Gender, the concept of male and female, is a human quality. Humans were created in the image of God, but both male and female were created in the image of God. We call God Father because we try to put God into terms that our limited human minds can comprehend. We can understand the idea of God as our Creator, our Protector, our Provider, and a human example of that we can relate to is a father. But God also demonstrates qualities that we would associate with a mother as well -- "feminine" qualities of tenderness, gentleness, mercy, patience.
Luke 13:34 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!"
Isaiah 66:13 "As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem."
Isaiah 42:14 For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant. I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools."
Deuteronomy 32:18 You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.