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Is God a Hermaphrodite?
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Here’s a mildly controversial theological question for you, is God a hermaphrodite? Well, I suppose in the technical, physiological sense of the term the answer would be have to be a simple no, since a hermaphrodite is medically defined as someone with the sexual organs of both genders, and it would be rather vulgar anthropomorphism to assign such anatomical attributes to one’s deity. However, we needn’t be so crudely literal-minded in regard to conceptualizing the Divine, nor in our understanding of the meaning and signification of our sex organs. Let’s then first ask the somewhat risqué-sounding question, what are man’s and woman’s genitalia?

Let’s begin with the penis, what is a penis? Beyond the obvious answer that everyone learned in their junior high sex ed class, beyond a mundane functional understanding of what it does in the act of intercourse, and at the risk of sounding somewhat cliché-ishly New Agey, the penis is a physical objectification, focus, and conduit of the male, “yang” aspect of reality. That is, in the act of procreation the penis channels more than just seminal fluid and spermatozoa, it channels masculine energies, i.e. drives that are of action, of hitting a goal, so to speak, and of fecundation. The penis represents the male impetus to insert and assert oneself into the cosmic process, the cosmic process of expressing the intrinsic potentialities of the transcendental mystery of existence. The heterogametic sex, i.e. those of us with XY chromosomes (you know, men), literally embody this male impetus, and the penis could be said to be its anatomical, phallic effigy, as it were. In short, the penis is a hard (no pun intended), material symbolization of life’s, reality’s, and God’s will to creative assertiveness.

While God then of course doesn’t have a proper, flesh & blood penis, any more than God has a flowing white beard, the nature of Nature, and the godhead of God does include the masculine qualities that are concretized in and coitally conveyed through the penile member. Figuratively speaking, and at the risk of sounding blasphemous, we can actually say that God is well-endowed with “manhood”.

But no, not so fast, this doesn’t make the Divine a dude or a dad. For women’s “plumbing” also physically objectifies and symbolizes the female dimension of the cosmic process, aka the Ewig-Weibliche, the Eternal Feminine. The vagina and womb are every bit as much anatomical concretizations of divine drives and gates of access to transcendence as are the male organs of reproduction – “yin” is just as well-represented by human genitalia as is “yang”! Unfortunately our patriarchal faiths often make the sexist error of egregiously privileging “yang” over “yin”, of emphasizing the masculinity of God to the total exclusion of God’s womanly side. But the feminine values of nature, the feminine capacity for nurturing behavior and compassion, for gentleness and the nonaggressive resolution of conflict, etc. also derives from divinity, and complements and completes the traditional Abrahamic machismo attributed to God by mainstream Western theology.

Sure, once again we have to state the laughably obvious, that in the strictest sense God doesn’t possess female genitalia per se either. But in the allegorical sense that a woman’s genitals emblematize and instrumentalize feminine principles whose ultimate origin is in the ultimate mystery of being, in this explicitly allegorical rather than ambiguously anthropomorphizing sense it’s perfectly legitimate to speak of the universe’s and God’s endowment with female attributes.

So, non-literally speaking divinity and reality arguably do indeed have male and female “parts”. Even in a more down-to-earth, though admittedly still a mystical sense, the body being a temple of God and materialized from the numinous mystery that is reality, our own sexual organs could be said to be Transcendence’s penis and uterus. Yes, Transcendence does somewhat literally have an outie and an innie, yours and mine!

At any rate, God is not transcendentally sexless. No, God is genuinely gendered, gendered both male and female, which does after all make God a sort of a hermaphrodite. Well, again, not quite literally a hermaphrodite. As I understand it, a human hermaphrodite has underdeveloped and non-functional genitalia of both sexes. That is, a hermaphrodite is sterile. But God’s hermaphroditism does not render Him/Her dysfunctional and barren. Just the opposite, the fecundity and creativity of reality is largely a matter of the interaction of its divinely sourced male and female energies. The productive interplay of opposing “binaries”, such as the one’s given form by the bodies of man and woman, is a fundamental part of the modus operandi of Creation.


The conclusion is located directly below


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Is God a Hermaphrodite?
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Conclusion

But of course this interplay of “yin” and “yang” is brought about by their separation, which is necessary for their fruitful rejoining to take place. Quite simply, the mystery of reality becomes boy and girl, and then boy meets girl resulting in the dynamism and procreativity of life. So it turns out that our libido is not just a blind biological impulse, an instinct with no deeper level of meaningfulness. Rather, man and woman’s sex drive is nothing less than the yearning of reality, of its divided masculine and feminine natures to reintegrate, to again realize their transcendental unity. The experience of this transcendental unity is the carnal beatitude called “orgasm”. Which is to say that sex is pleasurable because sex is the joy of making a creative connection. And, to reiterate, what’s connecting are the physically separated but metaphysically interdependent natures of existence.

And yes, this all applies even in the case of homosexuals. For research shows that the cause of same-sex attraction, of gayness may very well be the prenatal feminization of male brains, and the masculineization of female brains by the overproduction of the wrong hormones in the body of a homosexual’s mother at certain stages of fetal development. This means that a homosexual’s attraction to other men, or a lesbian’s preference for other women is entirely natural for them, for in the case of a homosexual man it’s still a feminine brain that’s experiencing an attraction to men, and vice versa for lesbians. “Yin” is still pulled to “yang”, even when we’re talking about gay love! Judgmental homophobes who only see two male bodies or two female bodies in an unnatural relationship have a thoroughly superficial view of what’s going on.

Well then, all of reality, including male and female energies are fundamentally and primordially interconnected, constantly parting company and reuniting so as to “mutually originate” and perpetuate the world. And God is of, not an alien above reality; God’s own nature and MO partakes of and promotes reality’s creativity through the fertile interactivity of things and the cross-pollination of opposing principles. Reality and God are a paradoxical hermaphrodite in which masculine and feminine exist together, and yet are apart and always being drawn back to one another. One and yet not one, dualism within a non-dualistic ground of existence, a metaphysical mind-boggler kind of like the Christian dogma of the Holy Trinity.

This just means then that the “hermaphroditism” of God, rather than being a sacrilegious concept, theologically dovetails nicely with the profound paradoxicality and mysteriousness that most thoughtful and non-dogmatic people of faith attribute to transcendence. No doubt though fundamentalists, to name one group, won’t very readily buy this. They’re quite comfortable gendering God into a stereotypically male mythological persona but knee-jerkily balk at any “heretical” talk of divine hermaphroditism, even if one doesn’t use the word. Nope, not everyone is at all ready for the image of the Divine as a cosmic He-She, but does one-sidedly and sexistly emphasizing one facet of God’s nature to the neglect of the other really advance our ability to relate to, appreciate, and worship the Sacred?





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Re: Is God a Hermaphrodite?
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By the way, I do apologize for the lengthy length of my post.




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MidnightWriter
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Re: Is God a Hermaphrodite?
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Or, to put it more simply, God is a vast source of energy, both male and female, both positive and negative energies, negative being simply the opposite of positive. No physical descriptions necessary.


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Re: Is God a Hermaphrodite?
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Let me ask one question. Why use beliefs, religion, theory, or concepts to answer questions that require truth? That is why I started searching for truth ten years ago.

All I had to do was google it. Now of course, you cannot search for truth so easily. A man lived from before 1900 to 1947 and proved every single day...all the truth to every question ever asked.

Every day for over 40 years, this man answered all questions put to him. What/who is God. What is man. blah blah. My question again is, why don't people search for truth? Answer: fear

God is pure light energy. He is in another dimension. Before God, there was no universe in this dimension. Pure light energy has no vibration. Everything in this dimension has vibration. It is called science...truth...spirituality. Religion is never truth.

truth in my actions


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Ijin
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Re: Is God a Hermaphrodite?
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No god is not a hermaphrodite, in the case of thebiblical god, it is the father the son and the holy spirit.

Father being mentioned you know it is a guy.
Then the ethereal god or rather let`s say the god they where actually trying to copy down from generation after generation of religions.

And you will find a the name Alyion of wich i forgot the exact meaning, but it basically means the aplha, or the beginning.
Also this individual is a guy.

Then you have the flying spaghetti monster variety of god, wich is even more of a guy then the other 2.

I mean common even when you look at the results, it could not have been a woman, or a womanized man, thus not a hermaphrodite.

Since that would mean he is 2 genders.

And as some other story goes, god is none of the 2 genders, adam was a guy, made a woman from a rib, so what does that make eve?

A woMAN.

Or some byproduct of malehood.
Wich is the byproduct of MEN, who wrote the bible and many other gospels, even though mary did have her own(no no fanboys and girls not the davinci code version) Contributing to the rule of MEN.

In fact it is even so strongly idoctrinated that woMEN don`t realize when demanding eMANcipation that they are appealing for power to MEN, upon wich they didn`t even notice while MEN gave false power to satisfy the woMEN in their state of MENstruation.

And this whole turn of things apparently is a cycle too

watching the world fall


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