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God was always referred to as “Father God” in the churches I grew up going to. Learning to see God as “Father” and especially as the Father shown by Jesus has been extremely powerful in my life. But what about those for whom the idea of “Father God” brings to mind only abuse, oppression, etc? Can we approach God as “Mother God” as well?
Although it may be a case of anthropomorphism, I feel that YHWH revealed Himself as having spiritual maleness for a reason. As CS Lewis writes, paraphrasing, “Gender is more than biological sex. It is a pervasive and ultimate binary in the universe, of which biological sex is just the anatomical incarnation of either the masculine or feminine gender.” (Perelandra). If this is true, and I believe a case could be made that it is, then God has what we may call the “masculine” Spirit. It is no small wonder that Christ came as a man and not a woman, and that in all of Scripture He has revealed Himself as masculine.
I grew up with a biological dad who beat and raped my mom, was absent most of my childhood due to drug and alcohol abuse, occasionally had violent outbursts due to bipolar, etc. so I can relate to it being hard to see God as our Abba, our Daddy. But what I have learned and experienced is that as you throw yourself into the role of His Child, and you try to seek out a Parental relationship from Him, He radically changes your perception of Fatherhood into something so much more perfect and beautiful and consoling than what our imperfect, human, fallible dads here on earth could show us. At best they are shadowy reflections in a mirror of His Parenthood; at worst they’re perversions of it. I hope this has helped you friend; shalom and agape to you