As we’ve mentioned before, a large and apparently growing percentage of the posts by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else — are about the subject of gender. We usually ignore them because that’s not an issue we’re concerned about, but today it’s somewhat different.
Ol’ Hambo just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: “Mother God”and the ELCA — Is God a “She”? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
“Mother God, you have fed us with the nourishment of your spiritual food. Raise us up into salvation and rid us of our bitterness, so that we may share the sweetness of your holy word with all the world.” That was the prayer recently posted [link omitted] to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ECLA) Twitter account. God a “she”? Our Creator as “Mother God”?
Hambo seems to be horrified. He says:
Now, “God is spirit” (John 4:24), and so he doesn’t have a body or a gender in the sense that we, as humans made in God’s image, do. However, throughout Scripture, God consistently refers to himself as our “Father” — not our mother — and uses the pronoun “he,” not “she.”
That may be so, but we’ve seen Hambo rant about humans who — regardless of their physical nature — choose the pronoun they prefer for themselves. Hambo always wants to use the pronoun that biologically applies to a person. So what about Yahweh? Is there any gender there? Hambo tells us:
Now, there are some passages that refer to God caring for his people and use terms that are often applied to mothers. However, none of these passages ever refer to God as a woman or mother . . . or use female pronouns for God. They are simply metaphors to give us glimpses into who our God is. [So what’s God’s gender?] Both men and women are made in God’s image (equal yet different with unique roles) and reflect God’s image uniquely.
This is very confusing! Hambo continues:
So why does it matter if we refer to God as Father or Mother? Well, first of all because we want to be biblical [Indeed we do!] — and again, there is no “Mother God” ever mentioned in the Bible. There is only one true God, and he is the God revealed to us in Scripture. We cannot add to the Bible or add our own ideas about who God is to what he has revealed to us.
It seems that God’s gender is unknown — or ambiguous at best. But what do we know compared to Hambo? Let’s read on:
Second, it matters because of the motivation that individuals generally have who refer to a “Mother God.” They’ve rejected what the Bible teaches about male and female. [Gasp!] They’ve rejected that men and women are created equally in God’s image yet different and have been given different roles in the home and in the church. They claim that these are antiquated ideas from the male patriarchy meant to advance and secure male privilege. That’s a very low view of Scripture and results in man-made doctrine, rather than doctrine derived from God’s inspired Word.
What’s he saying — that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a gay denomination? That’s what it seem like. Here’s another excerpt:
When we handle Scripture correctly — as we have been commanded to do — we see that the Bible’s teaching about men and women doesn’t hold women in bondage or give men some kind of privilege. Those who teach such things need to reexamine Scripture.
Your Curmudgeon is far from being a bible scholar, but we think there are passages that say otherwise, at least to us — e.g.: Ephesians 5:22–33 (“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord”), and also Colossians 3:18–19 (“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord”). But what do we know, compared to Ol’ Hambo?
Ah, here comes the end of Hambo’s post:
So should we pray to “Mother God”? No. Absolutely not. [Are we clear?] The one true God is not our “Mother” — he is our Father — and there is no God but him (Isaiah 44:6). To worship any other God is idolatry.
But what about the Cosmic Aardvark? Oh well, never mind.
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