Written by Evi Idoghor
One cool rainy evening, after rounding up work for the day I decided to relax by watching an interview done by the Queen of interviews, Oprah Winfrey. Sat across from her, was the irresistible beauty Priyanka Chopra, a renowned Hollywood and Bollywood actress, who was first thrust into the limelight when she won the title Miss World in 2000, and thereafter was succeeded by Nigerian beauty queen, Agbani Derego.
As the interview progressed between both powerhouses, where they spoke about spirituality and religion, Priyanka said something that caused my heart to flutter—“They say if you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans.” Bewildered by the fact that God was referred to as “her” it only made sense for me to write this article today.
Sadly, Priyanka like many others (even those in the “Christian” world), have tried to ascribe a pronoun to God which He never identified Himself with. I don’t know if it is due to the recent surge of conversations surrounding feminism and patriarchy which has given room for people to reduce God to a human being—male or female, whichever one they are most comfortable identifying Him as. However, the Bible, which is the written word of God, is clear on Who God is, and how He relates to us as individuals. God is neither feminine nor masculine, male nor female. God is spirit (John 4:24).
As the thoughts of Priyanka’s non-factual statement ran through my mind, I was reminded about a discourse I had with a friend on YouTube, where she expressly referred to the Holy Spirit as female, a queen, and also the heavenly mother.
Again, God is neither man nor woman, male nor female. Jesus in a conversation with the Samaritan woman in John 4:24 says, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” From this scripture, we can see that Jesus neither identifies God as a man or a woman. God in His wisdom and sovereignty has chosen to reveal Himself to humanity as King, Father, Everlasting Father, King of kings, Lord of lords, Prince of Peace, and so many other titles, which are generally associated with the male gender, yet that doesn’t make Him a man or a human being.
I think this issue of identifying who God is, stems from the grave crises the world now experiences with identity. People are not clear about who they are anymore—society wants to help define you: if you are a boy or a man, but have feminine attributes, then you must be gay, or at least a trans-girl/woman.
If you are an adult but feel like a child at heart, then you must really be a child—change your identity! They scream! If you are in your 70s but feel like you are in your 30s, then that means you are a thirty-something-year-old individual prancing around like someone in their 70s. Just where do we draw the line?
People are often coerced into believing how they feel is how things should be—I feel this way, hence, the world needs to bend to my emotions. As such, we carry that same attitude and project it on God. Is He really Father, King, or Lord? They ask—why can’t He be Mother, Queen, or Lady? They counter—Why do men have to win at everything? It must be an agenda backed by patriarchy, They conclude.
So an increasing group of people, who have no true sense of who they are, have gone ahead of themselves to misidentify the Creator, who has countlessly throughout scripture, shown us who He is (Exodus 3:14, John 8:58). His names are listed for all to see—“…and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
If God wanted to reveal Himself to us as a “Mother” or “Queen” He could have done so. Thus, in these times which we now live in, let us desist from underestimating the importance of reading and searching the scriptures—don’t just take people’s words for it. Searching through scriptures is the only way that we can discern between what is true, and what is false.
God, who is spirit, has chosen in His infinite and enormous wisdom to reveal Himself to us using masculine titles, and no indication throughout scripture can approve the notion that He can now be referred to as She, Her, Herself, Mother, Queen, and (or) Lady.
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