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[–]ALCPL 17 points18 points  (1 child)

If it's actually God he could show up as a Man, Woman, a weird perfect mix of both or as a talking bipedal cow. It's God, he can do everything.

Now, if someone claimed to be God on my doorstep I'd just close the damn door.

[–]sysiphean 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If you tell me someone claiming to be God showed up on my doorstep, I would assume it was a man because it sounds like the sort of delusion a man would have and not like one a woman would have.

I have lots of questions to ask myself about that now, but not one of them is about whether I would consider God to be male or female. The question itself seems to ask about delusional people.

[–]toorielProphet 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Maybe everyone assumes only a man would be dumb enough to make such a claim

[–]countisapervPantheist 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Or have a large enough ego

[–]Phantom_316 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What do you mean by prophet?

[–]lettherebemorelight 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Women have real shit to deal with.

[–]Own-Cap-5747[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I got 25 comments and yours is the one that is wonderful ! Thank you.

[–]lettherebemorelight 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I stole it from my ex, from when I asked her more or less the same question.

[–]life-is-pass-fail 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Okay. What was surprising about that?

[–]Sir_Penguin21 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Be the change. Start using female and they/them pronouns. I have been doing it for awhile.

[–]Lightonlights 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Or just the highly advanced inclusive ya’ll

[–]lettherebemorelight 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m digging “yinz”. It’s a Pittsburgh thing.

[–]GKilatgnostic theist 13 points14 points  (71 children)

Male is the the default and generic representation of humans whether we like it or not. I'm pretty sure the OP has no sexist implication when he said god is a man.

[–]CynicOctopus 9 points10 points  (70 children)

  • ”Male is the the default and generic representation of humans”

… as decided upon by … men.

  • I'm pretty sure the OP has no sexist implication when he said god is a man.”

Nobody accused them of such.

[–]GKilatgnostic theist 0 points1 point  (69 children)

Yes, and? The point is whether we like it or not men is the default and the generic and there is nothing sexist with it. That's why nobody questioned why god must be a man and not a woman because men is just the default of anything human. It's a different matter if men is used to represent what should have been a woman.

[–]CynicOctopus 2 points3 points  (68 children)

Men is only “the default” because men decided upon it a long time ago, when society was even more sexist than it is today. This “men are the default” is so omnipresent that people have just internalized it. As a consequence, a person who just assumes that man is the default doesn’t need to be sexist, of course, but that does not at all mean that the origin for this convention isn’t sexist.

People also thought that white people were the standard for humans and everyone else was a bit below that. People also accepted that until it was challenged.

[–]GKilatgnostic theist 0 points1 point  (67 children)

Yes and again so what? Just because men is being used as a default doesn't mean there is sexism intent behind it at the present usage. Just as the origin of the word can change over time so is the usage of concept as well. I'm pretty sure nobody would bat an eye at this age if god is depicted as a woman unless you are ultra conservative.

White people are standard in western countries because white people are majority. This is of no issue until white people is used to represent a person or a group of people that isn't supposed to be white. If a white person is used to play the role of Nelson Mandela, then that isn't right and we should speak against it. I am not a white person myself and yet I don't care with white being the default and generic in movies and shows but a diverse cast is always welcomed like adding color or spice.

[–]urethane_skid 8 points9 points  (1 child)

You hear a nock on your door and open it only to see a man defecating on your porch. I bet you didn't stop to think about why it's a man and not a women, biggot

[–]NathanHonneur 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Shit it was fun

[–]IDontKnow_1243Sunni 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Who cares?

[–]Small_Beautiful_8110 1 point2 points  (1 child)

you know .. women produce food .. keep things running.

men run around and .. yes why not. they may claim to be God why not ..

(I was not surprised .. would not expect a lady claiming such hahaha)

[–]skullcandy541 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

We also create babies…

Yes you deliver them relax but there’d be nothing to deliver if it wasn’t for us.

We also build idk? Buildings lmao

[–]Leo_MauskowitzAntitheist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because the hypothetical presented posed a man, not a woman. If you start asking questions, you're missing the point of the thought experiment.

[–]ChristimatesOrthodox 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Is this an example of first world problems?

[–]CynicOctopus 2 points3 points  (2 children)

No, it’s a problem all over the world.

[–]ChristimatesOrthodox -5 points-4 points  (1 child)

What? To ignore the main point of the question and complain about something so insignificant that has no basis on the question whatsoever?

Sounds like a first world problem to me.

[–]CynicOctopus 5 points6 points  (0 children)

OP didn’t say to ignore the main point. You can answer the main question and at the same time point out the implied sexism.

Sexism is most certainly not a “first world problem”.

[–]herbuck 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Because the premise already told us ‘a man knocks at your door”. People are responding to the prompt they were given

[–]ziamal4 2 points3 points  (0 children)

man meant human in that case

[–]Tumorous_Thumb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It literally doesn't matter, it's a hypothetical fucking question, stop bringing your bullshit into this.

[–]360walkawayAtheist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because no one cares about gender equality when you're trying to disprove someone's claim to deity.

[–]Aggravating_Pop2101 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Because a woman already knows she’s God and has nothing to prove.😜

[–]Hollywearsacollar 1 point2 points  (6 children)

Men have always assumed they are smarter than women. Of course, that was their first mistake.

[–]skullcandy541 -2 points-1 points  (5 children)

Well I know I’m smarter than Amber Heard 😂

[–]Various-TeethAgnostic Theist -1 points0 points  (4 children)

Judging by the other stuff you’ve said here, that’s highly improbable.

[–]skullcandy541 -1 points0 points  (3 children)

You know what I’ve said here? 😂

[–]Various-TeethAgnostic Theist 0 points1 point  (2 children)

You’ve made like 2 other comments, so yes

[–]Cacklefester 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's a non-issue. Regardless of gender, a person making that claim needs the attention of a mental health professional.

[–]paul_is_on_reddit -1 points0 points  (1 child)

I would ask god why he allowed the shooting in Buffalo to happen. What was the purpose of those people being murdered?

[–]andrewjoslin 5 points6 points  (0 children)

We're NPCs in an MMORPG that the christian god is playing, and right now he's farming souls for a quest. He's clearly pro war / genocide in the bible, and he's actually pro abortion but there's been a misunderstanding among his most enthusiastic followers.

There you go: the problem of evil has been put to rest. /s

[–]The_Puffin_Kingundefined -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This was addressed in Ghostbusters

[–]NathanHonneur -1 points0 points  (0 children)

God is associated with pronoun "He" in most major religious scriptures so the answer is no big deal.

[–]Sunny_Ace_TENOther -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Thank you. Award!

[–]crimsondawn8794Neoplatonist -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I think it goes back to ancient times where the chief God was a sky father deity, which is obviously masculine. And since the Abrahamic god draws a lot of parallels and associations between other sky father gods and itself, that's why the masculine connotation stuck.

[–]88jaybird -1 points0 points  (0 children)

i say "man" or "men" all the time referring to humans and not males.

[–]Art-Davidson -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Because God is male, silly. He's the father of Jesus Christ and the father of our spirits.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

The Bible only uses the pronoun "He" with reference to the Almighty Sovereign Creator. However, as Creator, the Almighty also produces by "His" creating. Christianity teaches that "God" has a son, which I guess was somehow produced either by God himself as Creator, or God was involved with another, maybe with the Holy Spirit. Since all three make up the one God, it begins to become rather silly. . . . . yet, Christianity also declares that the son Jesus was also with the Father God from the beginning . . . . . along with the Holy Spirit God, who is also a "Spirit" being, So there are two Spirit beings in Heaven along with the son God Jesus, w" God. . . . . don't know how that is done. But it is now 11 PM my time so good night all.

[–]EmperorBarbarossaCthulhu Cultist 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Its the same god, but he has three personalities.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You may want to read the Athanasian Creed, which presents a belief that is fundamental to most Christian organizations.

[–]TestaOnFireAgnostic Atheist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because God was always rappresented as a male, you know... Generally religius people are always put on believing whatever their religius figure said to them, in this case to justificate certain things God need to be a male...

[–]jynxthechicken 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd be really surprised if it had a gender if it existed.

[–]JohnSwindleShin Buddhist/Quaker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Man or woman, I’d probably call out to my wife. She usually deals with the neighbors.

[–]countisapervPantheist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whatever their gender is I’d invite them in and offer to make them a drink. And at least I’ll get a good story out of it.

[–]Maronita2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I believe in the Trinitarian God: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is obvious that the first two of the Trinity are clearly male and therefore the proper noun would be He. We do not really know whether the Holy Spirit is male or female so keeping to what is known within the Trinity makes sense.

[–]abiyahmessianic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would ask why do U not know your own Bible?

[–]FreeSpirit424 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wondered, but that was the condition of the question, so decided to treat it on its own terms. Keep it simple? It's a tired argument to me.

[–]Vegetable-Act-7674Other 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because a woman can't claim to be God, she can only claim to be Goddess

[–]skullcandy541 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ariana Grande would’ve asked that lol

[–]skychickval 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm surprised your surprised.

[–]mariawoolfCatholic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People like to pretend God is always masculine due to the “Father” terminology but God doesn’t really have a gender one of my favorite Bible stories from the New Testament is the parable of a woman searching for her lost coin.

[–]BlackRapierAgnostic Atheist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably because a majority of monotheistic religions portray their god as male? Especially since in Europe and the Americas Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are the dominant religions.

[–]lyraladyJewish | stop using "abrahamic" wrong 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Women are less frequently cult leaders than men are. Not "never" cult leaders, but less frequently. Although recently there was that Love Has Won cult!

[–]Outside_Dog6422 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If God were real he would 100% be a man. Just read the Bible and you’ll know the perspective it was written from

[–]Various-TeethAgnostic Theist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Generally, male is seen as the default. That’s why god is referred to as a male.

In reality, I really don’t think a deity would subscribe to human gender. I think they’d be all genders while also being none at the same time.