Is God male or female?

Is God male or female?


The simple answer is “Yes,” “Yes” and “Neither!”

Jesus taught us that God is spirit and humans do not have sufficient knowledge to definitively say that “human gender” applies in the spiritual world.

God exhibits all the characteristics of person-hood: God has a mind, a will, an intellect, and emotions. God communicates and He has relationships, and God’s personal actions are evidenced throughout Scripture.

So, what does God teach us about himself?

Throughout the pages of Scripture, God refers to himself and reveals himself in the male form, specifically as in the person of Jesus, but does this make God only and fully male?

In the Book of Genesis, God says:

“Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

In these verses we see the reference to the pre-incarnate person of Jesus, as in “Let us make man in our image” and the Oneness of God where we read “…he created him; male and female he created them.”

If we are truly made in the image of God, then God’s ‘image’ is revealed in both the male and the female. The following is an excerpt from www.gotquestions.org:

“Both man and woman are created in the image of God, in that they are greater than all the other creations as they, like God, have a mind, will, intellect, emotions, and moral capacity. Animals do not possess a moral capacity and do not possess an immaterial component like humanity does. The image of God is the spiritual component that humanity alone possesses. God created humanity to have a relationship with Him. Humanity is the only creation designed for that purpose.”

Suggested Reading

The following books deal with the subject of the person of God:

Knowing God - J. I. Packer
The Shack - William P. Young

The Shack has sold more than 10-million copies and is presently being translated into 30 different languages, yet it has stirred up some controversy. It is strongly recommended to view the following video of an interview with the author, William P. Young, so the book can be read in context.


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  • Themba Nkosi left comment on April 15, 2014 at 9:45 am

    God exists as God the Father, of Male image, and God the Mother of female image.
    God said let “us” make man in our image, in our likeness. Then God created male and female. This clearly shows that God has two images, Male and Female.
    To be exact, there are two Gods: God of male image [Father] and God of female image [Mother].
    For more information about God the Mother please visit english.watv.org

    BSBS Response: There is a fundamental problem when a small portion of Scripture is not read and understood within the context of all of Scripture. First, God is singular but revealed in the Trinity, that is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (read John, chapter 1) and only ever identifies Himself in the male name or form. Second, God is Spirit (read John 4:24). Third, God never identifies Himself anywhere in the Bible as female, rather specific attributes of His nature are found in the woman. Fourth, the ‘us’ makes no reference or inference to male and female, rather, in the context of the whole Bible, the ‘us’ refers to the relationship of God the Father and God the Son. The website you refer to is heretical in that it takes Scripture out of context and distorts selected passages to infer something that was never intended. This is the same methodology used by willfully ignorant people to infer that God favours slavery.

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