god these questions

captainiriswright  asked:

Before I ask my question, know that I don't mean anything disrespectful. I'm genuinely trying to wrap my head around this and don't really know where to start. Regarding God's gender, I agree that using solely male/masculine terms to discuss God is a bit silly. But did Jesus not give us the "Our Father" and refer to God explicitly as His Father in the Gospel? I'd love to pursue a possible answer, but have no idea where I'd even begin. Thank you! =)

Hi there! You’re not being disrespectful at all, and you’re asking great questions. I hope you don’t mind me posting this, because I think you bring up important points for anyone looking to expand their language for God. 

Indeed, the Gospels never record Jesus calling God his mother – but they do record him calling himself a mother! Matthew 23:37 says, “how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.” And Jesus is God, so that’s one instance of God as mother. Here is a post with some more musings on Jesus’s gender. 

Beyond that, one might wonder whether Jesus would have used a gender neutral term for God had one been available to him. The Aramaic word Jesus used for God as Father, Abba, does not have a neutral option. In many languages, however, that have only masculine and feminine nouns, the masculine doubles as neutral. I certainly don’t think it goes beyond what Jesus wanted if we call God our Mother and Parent as well as our Father.

And Jesus’ language for God is not the only language for God that we find in Scripture. From the very beginning, in Genesis 1, we find the image of God as a brooding mother bird – Genesis 1:2 uses a rare word to describe the breath/wind/Spirit of God hovering/moving/brooding over the face of the waters.
The Lumina Bible offers this footnote for the word: “The Hebrew verb has been translated “hovering” or “moving” (as a bird over her young, see Deut 32:11). The Syriac cognate term means “to brood over; to incubate.” How much of that sense might be attached here is hard to say, but the verb does depict the presence of the Spirit of God moving about mysteriously over the waters, presumably preparing for the acts of creation to follow….”

Woman Wisdom of the wisdom literature is a feminine figure attributed to God – while our Jewish siblings seem to hold the reading of this figure as wisdom personified, many Christians see her either as the Holy Spirit or as Jesus. And so Woman Wisdom is Divine. 

If you wander through our God beyond Gender tag, you will find more posts – such as this one – with more biblical imagery for God that is not masculine.  

Finally, I would argue that not only is sticking solely to masculine language for God silly, it is downright harmful to all of us made in the Image of God, especially those of us who are not men. Lynn Japinga makes this argument well in chapter three of Feminism and Christianity – you can read the full chapter in Google Drive here. Some highlights:

  • “If we see God as a man or more like a man or more properly named in male language, we tend to think of men as more like God, and women as less like God. Mary Daly captured the essence of this problem with her pithy phrase, ‘If God is male, then the male is God.’”
  • “Certainly God is like a father in some ways; but God is far more than that, and language for God ought to reflect a sense of mystery and awe as well as of relationship. Human beings ultimately cannot name the God who is always several steps ahead of them and who refuses to be confined by the names they choose.”
  • “Johanna Bos [my now-retired Hebrew professor!] suggested the formula ‘yes, no, and more so’ as a way to understand language for God. Many metaphors or names for God, such as Father, Mother, Rock, or Light, say something true about God – the ‘yes.’ Yet every metaphor falls short, and no title names God accurately or adequately – the ‘no.’ God always transcends human attempts to name and describe God – the ‘more so.’
    God is love, we often say, and it is true. But human understanding of love is limited, and God may be quite different from some of our notions of love. And yet God is more like love than we will ever know. God is love in a way that far exceeds our present knowledge of either God or love.”
  • “When a human term [such as Father] ceases to be one way of understanding God and becomes God’s real name, it has become an idol.”
  • “Feminist theologians recognize that simply using feminine imagery for God does not resolve all the problems of God language. The Bible speaks of God as King, Judge, Creator, and many other traditionally male roles that are not linked to fathering. Much of the feminine imagery is maternal, which then suggests that women are most like God when they are mothers, while men are like God in most of their activities. Maternal language about God can also become stereotypical. God the Mother is safe, warm, and gentle. God the Father is tough and demanding, but very strong and protective. God the Father is still clearly the boss. If the divine feminine is always linked with love and nurture, while the divine masculine is strong and rational, our stereotypes about male and female will be perpetuated rather than challenged.”
    “The book of Hosea offers a useful antidote to this stereotypical feminine imagery by portraying God as a female figure who is both maternal and furious. God faithfully fed and cared for the Israelites; but instead of being grateful, they forgot God. That made God say angrily, ‘I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs, / and will tear open the coverings of their heart’ (Hos 13:8). This maternal image evokes no romanticized piety, softness, or sentimentality. Mothers, and the mother bear in Hosea, are fiercely protective. Elizabeth Johnson wrote of the paradox of angry love, ‘The wrath of God is a symbol of holy mystery that we can ill afford to use. For the wrath of God in the sense of righteous anger against injustice is not an opposite of mercy but its correlative. It is a mode of caring response in the face of evil.’”
  • “Another nonmaternal feminine image is of God as midwife, which occurs in Psalms 22 and 71. The psalmist described his feeling that God had abandoned him. ..In the midst of despair he said to God, ‘Yet it was you who took me from the womb; / you who kept me safe on my mother’s breast. …’ (Ps 22:9-10). …Comparing God to the one who helped deliver babies meant comparing God to a woman. It is an intriguing image because midwifes are active throughout a birth. They offer encouragement, they teach the mother how to work with the pains of labor; but they cannot do the laboring themselves, and they cannot take the pain away. The metaphor suggests that God encourages and supports human beings even when God cannot take their pain away.”

Another good article is by Ruth Caroline Duck and Patricia Wilson-Kastner in their book Praising God: The Trinity in Christian Worship. In their discussion on the Trinity, they bring up the naming of God as Father or Mother along with other interesting thoughts on language for God.

I hope this helps as you pursue this topic! 

anonymous asked:

What are your favourite things about Benny?

oh god what a question

honestly i think what i love about him is that he really, truly, and genuinely is such a good dude. 

and, also, there are no scenes where he ever pretends otherwise.

he hugs sonny after alabanza, he teases usnavi about his crush on vanessa but does give him advice and tells him to go for it because he wants to see his friends happy, he is constantly encouraging and supporting nina and seeing the best in her even when she’s lost sight of it herself.

he’s ambitious, but in a really kind way? he wants to be successful, but you just know he’d never throw anyone under the bus to get there. 

and, like, he references LOTR in 96,000. hes canonically a #nerd?? i love. 

all in all he’s an absolute cutie and i love him so much.

thanks for sending me this ask so i could explode my feelings about him here

If I were to describe my life currently in just one word, it would be contented. I guess I’ve never been this satisfied before, and it felt surreal. I’m so happy with who I am and what I have right now, I feel so blessed.

I remember feeling so stressed before because of some people, and now that they’re gone because it was God’s plan, I very much thank Him because if it didn’t happened, I would still be stressed right now. Yes, I questioned God why things occur, but then I realized that He did it for me as well, for me to learn things and grow up.

And lately, I want to get closer to God. I’ve read something online that one way of getting closer to Him is to listen to worship songs, and so I did. I started listening to Hillsong Worship’s songs and everything felt so good, I felt that God is with me all the time. I felt emotional too, like how God can be so amazing? He’s not here with us personally, but He let us feel His presence. I realized that He’s never gone and will never be, He’s just waiting for us to approach Him and come up to Him. When you start to believe and follow Him, a good change will happen. I will continue on praising, worshiping, and following Him because I know that I will never regret it.

I’m currently in search for other worship songs so if you know one, please let me know. I’ll gladly listen to it. Let us all follow Him and be proud of Him!

this one time during freshie year I saw my classmate putting his things, yet again, into his friend’s bag and I was like “dude why dont u bring your own bag” and he was like “this is my bag??”

on that day I found out they came from the same town, went to the same HS, currently had the same classes, and shared the same dorm room, all because I asked him why he never brings anything to school - they also, apparently, thought why the fuck not share the same backpack too

#relationshipgoals

@americans who are young: 20% is the correct amount to tip your server or delivery person

i say this (and repeat it a lot. probably too much. sorry.) because i know a lot of younger people who are just starting to go places on their own do not know how much they should tip, and i know this because i have heard this dilemma come up sometimes w/ tables of teens i’ve waited on, cause they just don’t know. 

i’m here 4 u teens of america: it’s 20%, unless ur waiter is an asshole (like not bad day asshole but Premium Asshole Asshole) or creepy, in which case it is 15%, dropping appropriately to 10% as their Assholery or Creepiness climbs.

just multiply what your bill is by two and drop the second digit. for example: i spend 15 bux, 15x2 = 30, drop the second digit and the appropriate 20% tip is 3 bux.  or u spent 48 bux, thats like 96, that’s p close to 100 so just tip 10 bux to be Cool. 

if you stay at the table for a long time, also compensate accordingly – servers usually have a limited number of tables that they are given responsibility for (so these five or six tables in the corner are my section, anyone who sits there is my table to take care of) and if you camp out for a long time that can cut into yr servers ability to Make doll4rs and/or Leave Work.

if you know that you’re gonna be catching up w/ an old friend for two hours, you can, honestly, just go “hey i’m planning on chatting w/ my friend for a while, but I know we’re taking up this table, and I’m going to tip extra for your time” and that’ll work out for everyone in the long run. people like to know you’re trying to be respectful of their time + effort. everyone is nice, everyone has a nice good time. 

Oh no!

Lars acted like a normal, relatable human being in the new episode!? He better redeem himself for that, normal reactions and interactions are not allowed! I’m so disgusted at his common sense! I hate him because he’s not a big fearless hero and is instead acting like a teenage human boy as he is intended to be.

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I’ll report you to the Diamonds! All of you! You’ll all be shattered!

Oh, yeah. Without a doubt,“ Lincoln said of Rick and Michonne having a child. “I think the whole point is to start again and to restart and it’s about the future, and it’s obviously the next generation and, as far as we can tell, we’re outnumbered undead to human a lot. It is about repopulating the world. I think that they make a terrific couple and I don’t think he would hesitate. Also, maybe in a couple of episodes time, there may be a jump ahead in the curve and maybe setting themselves to that job at hand.
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Anonymous asked: could you gif sweeneys line about living in the trees?

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if he took a human soul that must mean….. He’d adopt the ‘god’ looks- so something like thiiis(?) :’DDDD I shall call him;

GOD GOTH- #euh..

oh and Cake-senpoi, I can’t really imagine much how Goth’d look if he grown up– but maybe similar to his god version?? I mean I have a thought that Asriel’s god version must be like a spin-off of his grown up version lol XDD

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Classical Divinity Asks
  • Zeus: What is your favourite kind of weather?
  • Hera: What is the last book you read?
  • Poseidon: Where is your favorite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?
  • Demeter: Are you spiritual or religious in any way? If so, how?
  • Athena: Would you rather be anxious and intelligent or carefree and simple?
  • Apollo: Name the last song you listened to?
  • Artemis: Do you believe it is vital to everyday life to know what is happening in the world around you?
  • Ares: Do you still remember arguments or upsets from over 5 years ago? Do they still bother you today?
  • Aphrodite: What did you love most about the place you grew up? What about it did you love the least?
  • Hephaestus: Do you have a favorite/most interesting Wikipedia page?
  • Hermes: What's the best nickname you've ever been called? & what's the worst?
  • Hestia: What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?
  • Dionysus: If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
  • Hades: If you could find out the date of your death, would you want to know?
  • Heracles: What has been your biggest challenge in life so far?
  • Persephone: What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
  • Asclepius: What you ever lied about being ill to avoid school or work? If so, how elaborate have your stories been?
  • Eros: How did you meet your best friend?