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Re: Does God have a Gender? [Re: Phyllis Doyle Burns] #392860
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I think of God (or my interpretation of it, as I don't belong to a traditional religion) as "unknown" -- including gender, rather like when we refer to someone as "he" even though we don't know the gender of that person.

I will say, a friend of mine said she thinks God has to be male, because of women's periods. She figures no woman would do that to a friend....


Re: Does God have a Gender? [Re: Lady J] #392867
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Yes, I understand that, and I respect it. But as a Buddhist, I don't see him, her or it, at all.









Re: Does God have a Gender? [Re: Ms A] #392878
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Originally Posted By: Ms A
I will say, a friend of mine said she thinks God has to be male, because of women's periods. She figures no woman would do that to a friend....


Not only that:

Brace yourselves: (*near-the-knuckle* alert:)

A very good Roman Catholic, Church-going friend of mine says she thinks God is definitely male,


because...






Otherwise....






Sperm would taste of chocolate.... shocked






I did try to warn you..... blush

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Re: Does God have a Gender? [Re: Helen Doll Making Editor] #392893
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As a fledgling Taoist, I understand "God" to be the absence of ego and form. Without the un-namable ego or form there can be no gender, only the silence of awareness.

Re: Does God have a Gender? [Re: Shannon L. Wolf] #392901
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And......


Sit.










Re: Does God have a Gender? [Re: Alexandra] #392911
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Mhm. Sun Do class at 5:30 this evening. Gonna go sit with the silence.

Re: Does God have a Gender? [Re: Shannon L. Wolf] #392931
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In the ancient hebrew and arabic, the names of G-d are both female and male depending on the person who spoke. Elohenu, Adonai, Yahweh. Different genders each of those words and they are all G-d.


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Re: Does God have a Gender? [Re: Lady J] #392940
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As I said, that, to a Buddhist, is immaterial.









Re: Does God have a Gender? [Re: Alexandra] #392959
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yes, to a buddhist that may be. But to others may or may not be. The question was asked what we/I think.


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Re: Does God have a Gender? [Re: Lady J] #392966
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It's kind of a weird though, don't you think....?
Discussing the Gender of God, on the one forum on bellaonline, that doesn't actually ascribe to a God....?
I mean, here we all are...
Is S/He, isn't S/He....? "

That's why I said it's immaterial to Buddhists.
Because it's on the Buddhist forum.....

I'm all for discussing existence, relevance to teachings, comparisons, similarities or conflicts...
But...
gender....?









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