What Sex Is God?


In the beginning, God is said to have created mankind.  To quote the Bible, “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam….” (Genesis 5:2).  Yes, he called their name Adam, as Adam (mankind) was actually androgynous.

In that vein Aristophanes, in Plato’s Symposium, said that “First you must learn what human nature was in the beginning and what has happened to it since, because long ago our nature was not what it is now, but very different.” He went on to say that the primeval form of mankind was indeed androgynous.

But first, let’s backtrack to the Genesis account of creation.  Supposedly, God made Adam in his image.  If Adam was a man with one x chromosome and one y chromosome, then it’s fair to say that God was also a man (at least sexually speaking, that is).  If that were the case, then Eve could not have been made in God’s image and likeness, again sexually speaking.

However, that’s apparently not what happened. According to the Bible, mankind was created and called Adam, which is not a name at all but rather a designation.  To complicate matters more, there was actually more than one Adam (see I Corinthians 15:45-47 for example).  Of course, Eve was said to have been made from Adam’s rib (cloned, as it were), so Adam must have been androgynous; else, where did Eve’s sexual orientation come from. Their androgynous nature is actually confirmed in the Jewish Midrash, which is the rabbinical explanation of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible).  All of which leaves us with just one possibility as to how this all happened – man’s Creator must have been androgynous itself!

I know you’re probably wondering why any of this matters.  Well, consider that we live in an extremely patriarchal society where women are frequently not treated as equals to men.  Could it be that they are considered inferior, at least in part, because we’ve been taught that God is a man? If so, the battle of the sexes may go all the way back to the Garden of Eden.  Actually, I find the whole discussion about God’s sex to be rather amusing and if in fact God was a man, pray tell where’s the goddess that helped him procreate?


Anyway, how could a spirit (see John 4:24) have a sex?  After all, it doesn’t even have a body.

2 Responses to “What Sex Is God?”

  1. Lux Ferous said

    To think that people even think that…

  2. Nan said

    Ahhhh yes. The scientific approach to bible stories always brings up some interesting questions.

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