No god required to understand living your life. No god required to understand why you live your life. No god required to understand anything about your life at all. No god required to understand yourself. No god required to understand your actions. No god required to understand knowledge you gain. No god required to understand the fact that you make all choices.
It's a shock and awe effect from gaining awareness(consciousness) of your own life and the world you live in. It's you truly not understanding your own life. So, you feel the need to believe. What does it matter on your own individual life?
You only have to understand your own life. It's not required for you to understand why the human species exists, to live your life, be your own authority, learn to love yourself, to always keep learning and love your fellow human beings. It brings peace and harmony, when done properly. No god required. The Universe itself is a recycling energy source that builds/creates life. The Universe has it's own cycle. No need for a god or a hand of a god. It sustains itself and when it reaches it's time to reset it's cycle, it will do so.
So you have never read it then? Here is a sample of the "good"
If a man still prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall say to him, "You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of the Lord." When he prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall thrust him through. (Zechariah 13:3 NAB)
It is probably not accurate to view God as a woman, though the Bible does show God's feminine side, so to speak. Jesus once said...
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing." (Matthew 23:37)
Also, God's wisdom in the Proverbs is personified as a female (e.g., Proverbs 1:20, 8:11, 9:1), yet we are told in the New Testament that Jesus is the Wisdom of God (1Corinthians 1:24).
But, for the most part, God has chosen to reveal Himself in the Bible as having a male personage. The Bible is inspired of God (2Timothy 3:16), and in it God is always referred to as a "Him" or a "He." So God wanted people to understand Him as a "Him" and a "He."
god is an angry god,.... god is a jelous god,....god looses his temper,.... destroys entire cities,.. floods the earth,.... and tests people that love god to the extreem limits of logic love and reason,....
According to the Genesis story, woman was within man, before God separated the genders. So both genders (the male -- and the female who God took out of the man) got their attributes from God. In that sense, it takes both the male and the female characteristics to complete God's image. Yes, He can be both mother and father.
Our languages are imperfect for describing the non-physical realm of creation and spirit.
God has no physical gender. The Ten Commandments caution against any graven images of God simply because God doesn't have a physical form. A graven image would thus be a lie and a distraction from truth.
No one knows the exact nature of God except perhaps those who have attained full spiritual awakening, so we muddle along with our imperfect symbols and wording.
Wisdom remains hidden in the Bible for a purpose. The very act of searching for that wisdom elicits humility which is one of the requirements for spiritual awakening. Nice how that works.
Much of the talk of gender in Genesis is symbolic for something else. For instance, the Kabbalah's "Tree of Life" has conceptual nodes which are considered either male or female -- personality traits or other qualities like "wisdom," "kindness," "severity," and "eternity."
This conceptual "Tree of Life" can be found embedded in Genesis, with one chapter detailing the "female" side of the Tree and the subsequent chapter detailing the "male" side.
We need to understand that the portrayal of women in Genesis as imperfect or flawed and the men as somewhat more righteous may merely be symbolic clues to that deeper wisdom. For instance, Genesis 6:1 describes men having daughters, who later led to the need for Noah's Flood. Naughty girls! But didn't the men also have sons? The omission is curious and a clue to that deeper wisdom.
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