Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Triune God knows best
I understand why some people think this is a big deal -- and it is: What is gained is a big deal.
What is lost is not.
Jesus called God "Abba," which is something close to "Papa." I suppose he did so because he was a Jew and most Jews in his time and place did so. He lived in a patriarchal culture.
In other places in Scripture, the words translated God, or referring to God, are female or ambiguous in the original languages. Some are plural, and would be better translated as "Gods."
Many are genderless metaphors, such as "fire" or "rock" or "wind."
The culture of the United Church of Christ gives voice to all of the tradition. In general references, though, it now prefers to remain genderless, hence, Creator, or God.
Consider it studied, and found.