I Don’t Think God Is A He

I’ll just jump straight into it: I don’t feel right referring to God as He or Him. Is this due to my raging feminist mindset or my insatiable need for gender equality? No… it’s really not.

I personally prefer to use the pronoun They.

This decision of mine is based on two factors:

  1. Formlessness. Maybe as someone who studies grammar and linguistics for a living, I’m reading into this too much…but the way I see it, He or She connotes personification and while I believe God resides in us all and can manifest in anyone, I don’t think that God as an overall “being” is a person. To me, God is formless, timeless and all-powerful and thus beyond any man-made gender boundaries, so it would feel wrong and even slightly insulting if I were to reduce God to being a mere mortal He/She.
  2. Respect. In my eyes using They as a pronoun to refer to God exudes much more respect than the commonly thrown about terms of He, She or It.

However, like I said, that’s just me. I totally get that some people feel like by referring to God as He, it makes God seem more familiar and close to them, like a father figure. Or even using the She pronoun for motherly connotations – Ariana Grande I see you. 😛

Not so sure about referring to God as It. To me that sounds as if you’re referring to some kind of inanimate object or thing. But hey, each to their own. If using that pronoun sits well with you, then carry on my friend! This is a judgement free zone. ❤

At the end of the day, there’s no right or wrong, it comes down to personal preference. I just thought I’d throw in my two cents on this following a heated conversation I had earlier and to provide some food for thought for my followers. Happy Thursday guys. 😀


6 thoughts on “I Don’t Think God Is A He

  1. They fits well given the Trinity, but also the reference in Genesis 1.26 says Us, and keeping in mind these were oral stories in a patriarchal context, personal pronouns were inserted by men. Professor Phylis Trible has done substantial work on the gender issue arising from patriarchy, and she has teased out the reality of a matriarchy having existed and eventually being eroded, thus making a dominant patriarchy and language to the exclusion of the feminine. Great post.

  2. As Ariana Grande sings “God is a Woman”, hehe. Personally I don’t see God as having a gender or sex, it’s only because the Bible were written by men, from very long ago, that God is written as He. No way back then would they have written “She”, lol. God is a Being, so I think “They” is fine.

  3. I don’t care if the dictionary has been revised to expand the definition, “they” is plural and I do not like when it is used to refer to a single being. I have no problem with the non-binary crowd not wanting to be referred to as he or she but please use a singular pronoun. As for dieties, I guess that should be decided on a case by case basis but for monotheists “they” doesn’t work in my opinion.

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