Co-opting God

Our Mother, who art in heaven.
Our Mother, who art in heaven.

After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17 NASB).

Regardless of the efforts to make the Bible gender-neutral and to promote an androgynous God, the man Christ Jesus reveals that God is masculine and that the Father-Son dynamic is the complete representation of who He is. The prayer given to the disciples, and to us, by Jesus begins with “… Our Father, who is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9 NASB). Paul writes that Christ “…is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15 NASB).

In Genesis 1, God makes Adam in His image and Adam already has God as his Father and the word of his Father before his Father decides that Adam needs a woman. In Genesis 5, it says, “When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth” (Genesis 5:3 NASB). Jesus tells Philip, He who has seen Me has seen the Father … “ (John 14:9 NASB). Again, there is a son in the image of his father.

Jesus was the Son of the Father, as Adam was a son of the Father. And men who come to Christ are Sons of God.

Yet, church, culture, and state both continue to give preeminence to motherhood. If boys become men it is because of their heroic mothers. If men are to live as good Christians, the well-being and happiness of women is the standard they must strive to meet.

I continue to see the same basic co-opting of God. Women want to be God and call men their sons so that they can receive the glory that the heavenly Father should receive.

It has been a long time since I last attended a church service and I think it will be awhile before I attend another. Until churches have the courage to acknowledge the Father and the Son for the sake of calling men to be sons of the Father, the church is nothing more than a womb giving birth to boys conditioned to worship motherhood as the preeminent manifestation of a gender-neutral deity.

Women should be treated with a measure of kindness and valued because they are the Father’s provision for men (1 Corinthians 11:8-9). However, the womb is not a church and motherhood is not the Word of God.

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Author: M.W. Peak

Just a humble guy trying to make his way in the universe.

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