The motherhood of God

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

People are beginning to ask more and more why God should be presented as exclusively masculine, as Father but not Mother. The mothering qualities are needed so much in our present world that individuals feel they would like to be able to invoke them more directly.

Christ Jesus' teachings show God as a loving Father. And the Old Testament, referring to God's care for Israel, uses the imagery of the mother eagle: "He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him." Deut. 32:10-12.

November 5, 1984
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