“God is not a he or a she”, says first female bishop to sit in House of Lords

God who chose how He would be represented to mankind — male. He could have chosen female, but He didn’t. There are around 170 references to God as the “Father” in the Bible. “Bishop” Rachel Treweek does not seem to realize that only males are fathers.The Guardian has the story:

God should not necessarily be seen as a masculine figure, according to the UK’s first female bishop to sit in the House of Lords on Monday. “God is not to be seen as male. God is God,” said Rachel Treweek, bishop of Gloucester, who is to be inaugurated in parliament.

While acknowledging that many Anglicans would profoundly disagree, Treweek said the Church of England should use both male and female pronouns when referring to God. She personally prefers to say neither “he” nor “she”, but “God”. “Sometimes I lapse, but I try not to,” the bishop told the Observer.

“In the creation narratives, we’re told that God created human beings in God’s likeness, and then it goes on to talk about male and female. If I am made in the image of God, then God is not to be seen as male. God is God.”

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