Episode 140 Show Notes
Does the Bible Point Us to a Particular Political Party?
From the Show
Is God female?
No, God is not female. But, God also isn't male. You’ve got to say both of those things. The Bible uses masculine pronouns compared to a mother bird spreading her wings over her chicks to protect them. But, the predominant image throughout Scripture is God as a Father and a King. Now, these are analogies, but we don't say they're just analogies as if they don't matter. God isn’t literally a father in the sense that he sires offspring. The eternal Son is the only begotten of the Father, but his eternal generation transcends our ability to comprehend, it doesn't happen the way that fathers beget children, which is a misunderstanding Islam has of Christianity. God is Spirit, as Jesus reminds us in John 4:24. He has no gender because he has no body. He's not made up of parts like we are. So, it's important, especially in our day, to emphasize that God's neither male nor female, and at the same time to embrace and celebrate the analogies we find in Scripture. — Michael Horton
Questions in this Episode
1. With so much concern about politics in the church today. It seems easy for our Bible reading to be caught up with concerns in one party or another, potentially blinding us to what God sees as most important. How can we avoid this?
2. Is Christ's body physical? Is it located in one place?
3. My cousin says that God is a female. How would I go about challenging those views? What evidence is there in the Bible?
4. My questions are about God’s sovereignty and free will. In John 6:44, Jesus says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” and in Rev. 22:17, it says “And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” One verse makes it seem like God draws us and the other sounds like anyone can freely come. How do we make sense of this?
5. Can you explain how Christians should view culture?
6. How can we live in the world and not be of the world?
7. What does Paul mean by, "being raised with spiritual bodies" in 1 Corinthians 15?
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