This suddenly jumped into my mind last night as I was getting ready for bed. It is a very important question, because it rolls two questions together. Is God gendered? Is God singular? Both are excellent questions and I hope to provide satisfying answers.
I guess the first thing that needs to be answered is which God? While I worship one of the Christian Gods, I retain my belief in all Gods and Goddesses. If you read the Bible, early one, there were several Gods and the commandment only says to not put any other Gods first. I choose to not worship other Gods or Goddesses, as is my right. I am also a pantheist. For me, that which is God is the entire universe, possibly even the entire multiverse. I do need to work on integrating that into the rest of my spirituality. Anyway, I worship a loving God that is a part of everything and has infinite love. That last means that I’m an old school Universalist, everyone goes to heaven, or their equivalent.
So, we’ve got my God roughly defined. Next up, is God singular? I can only speak for mine and my experiences. There is the triangle that is the Trinity, but does that really count? I don’t think so. That is more about relationship with God than about number. Each piece is a different relationship. This is taken from S. Mark Heim’s ” A Trinitarian View of Religious Pluralism“. God is the impersonal relationship to God. Sounds funny, but please bear with me. The Holy Spirit is the personal relationship and how I see God being pantheistic. Jesus is the communion with God.
I’m going to unpack that briefly before getting back to the question of “is God singular?” The impersonal relationship would be like that of an employee to a supervisor. It’s objective and rational. The personal relationship is like that between friends. It’s close and is more emotional. The communion is more like being a part of a large family. It’s close and emotional and you have to deal with their snoring and hogging the bathroom, but you love them anyway.
So, is God singular? Yes, God is singular, at least the specific Christian God I worship. God is more than the Trinity and more than simply everything. And yet, God must fully be a part of everything.
So, is God male. Of course not. Nor is God female. I only use the word ‘God’ because it’s as close to a name as we have. I dislike the ‘He’ that is often used for two reasons. First, God is not male. Second, I don’t see why they get to have a capitalized pronoun. Probably makes me some sort of heretic, but I don’t care. God gets they as a pronoun, at least in my not so humble opinion.