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God? Marriage? What?…

A friend of mine asked me last night out of the leftfield, ‘why does the Bible refer to God as a male?” I was a bit startled at first, and then I couldn’t get over the fact that I didn’t have a thought out answer for such a simple question. I decided to just open my mouth and let the words roll off my lips.

I told him that we were all made, both man and women, in the image of God. That the characteristics and traits of both men and women were both intended to reflect who God was. I told him that I think that the Bible refers to God as male because of the relationship He intended for us to have with Him. The Bible calls the church the bride of Christ, and our relationship with Him is so very similar to that of marriage between a man and a woman. God, as the great giver and the great initiator pursues us and sacrifices for us – that we might know of His unfailing love. We receive from Him and are blessed by Him. In return we spend all our lives in a spiral of joy exchanging love and thanks until the giver and the receiver become indistinguishable.

God longs to be in relationship with us, to transform us, that we might have his heart for people and his passion for life.

Speaking of marriage, here’s our latest wedding newsletter, and some links to pics.

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • angelmeg August 30, 2004, 10:55 pm

    Great Theology: God as giver we as receiver. When you understand that it is only in giving that we truly receive . . . then you are on your way.

  • Michael September 17, 2004, 4:21 pm

    I remember having a talk with a relative about that. She could not get over the fact the the Bible referred to God as a male. Good post.

  • Anonymous September 21, 2004, 8:20 pm

    Hey Lon I’m a 16 yr old christian please visit my site at http://beingachristiantoday.blogspot.com/
    please comment on something. Hey just to answer that question it says somewhere in the Bible to not think of God as a man or a woman! sorry I can’t find a verse but I’m positive ok 🙂 Personally I think of him as a ball of light because of his glory LOL 🙂 u think I’m crazy right? anyway please visit my site. 🙂

  • Rebecca October 1, 2004, 10:36 pm

    yo,

    i was very impressed with your post, very insightful and i really enjoyed reading it. i just started this blog thing and all too many blogs are just boring day to day stuff where i have no idea what they are talking about. it was good to read some solid words of truth. Isnt the body of Christ so rad! i mean i dont know you but you are a bother and we are in the same family. its cool to see God doing things in other countries and other cultures…not that canada is all that dif from US but still…i was encouraged. so keep up the good, deep posts…thats what i like to read!!

  • Rebecca October 1, 2004, 10:37 pm

    o-yeah one more thing…i really liked your audio clip you have on your site. that was really tight! good stuff!!

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