I’ve always heard that people believed in “God the Mother,” but I thought it was all universalist hippies. But then World Mission Society TV made a video, and social media evangelists are trying to preach this new gospel, so I feel like it should be addressed, so no one turns into a universalist hippy.
I have transcribed the video below and will discuss it piece by piece.
Since the beginning of Christianity, we have been familiar with God our Father. We even call ourselves children of God. But have you ever wondered why the Bible tells us to call ourselves children of God? And why Jesus Christ taught us to pray to God our Father?
The first thing we need to do to discuss this video is remember why we actually refer to God as our Father. He is not our Father in the sense that He impregnated our mother who gave birth to us. He is our Father in the relational sense: He created us, and He cares about and wants the best for us. That’s why we are “children” of God. He loves us and disciplines us like a parent.
The existence of a father naturally indicates that there are children. But are children born from just a Father? Children can only have life if there is a mother, because it is the mother who gives birth. We can clearly see that Christ showed us to pray to God our Father in heaven, because as children of God, we also have God our Mother.
Usually, when people use phrases like “we can clearly see,” it’s because the logic and evidence is irrefutable. This logic, however, is a joke. If this is the kind of biblical basis they’re using, it’s going to be a long day looking at this.
It’d be one thing if Genesis said God gave birth to man, but that’s not the case. If there were a God the Mother, birthing would be the easiest thing to do, but as we see in Genesis 2:
“When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
So no involvement from this alleged “God the Mother” whatsoever. To say that it can’t be done without a Mother denies the power of God. Let’s continue.
And she is testified in the Bible from the beginning to the end.
Pretty sure we’d have heard about this before now if that were the case.
She is testified at the very beginning: “Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings to be like us, in our image.'” Now, many think the “us” in Genesis refers to the Trinity. The Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is described as masculine throughout the Bible. If the “us” refers to the Trinity, human beings would all be males. This is not the case! “So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” God created two images. Not only were males created, but also females. So the “us” in Genesis can not refer to the Trinity. It refers to the male image of God the Father and the female image of God the Mother.
So again, they completely ignore Genesis 2, because man and woman were not created at the same time. Man was created in the image of God. Woman was also created in the image of God, but woman was created later, out of the rib of man, so she could be different and so together they could “multiply the earth.” If man were created in the image of a God who was both Father and Mother, the two genders would have simultaneously been created.
On top of that, “in the image of God” does not mean “exactly like God.” If it did, man and woman wouldn’t have even been able to sin against God in the first place, for God is no where near sin.
And the reason many people think the “us” refers to the Trinity is because there’s compelling evidence throughout the Bible that the Trinity exists, not to mention that the Trinity is eternal. In order to believe otherwise, we need definitive biblical evidence, which isn’t given in this video.
And she is testified in the end. “The Spirit and the Bride say ‘Come!’ And let everyone who hears say ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come, and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” Here, the Spirit and the Bride (God the Father and God the Mother) are calling their children to grant them eternal life. Now, you may be thinking, “How do we know the bride is God the Mother and not the church?” Well, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb. — and showed me the holy city, coming down out of Heaven from God.” The Bride is the heavenly Jerusalem. “But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.” Galatians 4:26.
Now let’s look at Galatians 4:26 in it’s context,
“Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband.””
Galatians 4:21-27 ESV
It’s an allegory. The idea is that through Jesus Christ, we are no longer born into slavery to sin. We are born again, free. The heavenly Jerusalem refers to the gathering of the saints in heaven. It does refer to the church, those members of the church who have already made it to heaven.
This is yet another example of the importance of biblical context (see The Importance of Context). Sure, if you just search for every time the word “mother” appears in the Bible, and you read that verse by itself, it can seem that way. But just a few verses before, Paul makes it clear that it’s a metaphor. Guess these people didn’t pay attention to that.
Ultimately, the biggest argument against this is the lack of a direct biblical mention of God the Mother. Every other important theological point: the Gospel, grace, the Trinity, spiritual gifts, even the concept of God the Father: all are explicitly stated throughout scripture. Everything we need to know about God is plain to us in Scripture. With no direct mentions of God the Mother in scripture, it has to be taken as pure nonsense.
As Christians, we cannot believe extra-biblical nonsense. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. Anything outside of that should not dictate our Christian beliefs. Just something to think about.