Is God, or is Our Conception of Him (and Her), Too Masculine? Too Feminine? Just Right?
By Ken K. Gourdin
In a thread concerning the alleged feminization of Christianity at Mormon Dialogue and Discussion, I answered the question posed in my headline thus:
Christ is who He is, but He lets different aspects of His Divine personality dominate, depending on what the situation calls for: tender one minute, tough the next. As my buddy and erstwhile poster here, Kevin G, put it in his signature line (paraphrasing/going from memory), “The next time someone asks you, ‘What would Jesus do?,’ remind them that He wasn’t above upending tables and scourging people.” [See Matthew 21:12-17.]
I said this a few weeks ago when a similar subject came up. (They do seem to get recycled an awful lot around here … ) Mormon theology avoids/overcomes/answers the whole, “Is Christ/God too masculine or too feminine?” debate/question: God the Father wouldn’t be God without God the Mother, and God the Mother wouldn’t be God without God the Father. (Go do proxy sealings in the temple: That particular point is driven home very clearly in that ordinance.) I don’t want to turn this into another gay marriage thread (“Why not, Ken? We haven’t had one of those in, like, a whole three seconds. Isn’t it about time for another one?”) but the same points are made in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. [That Proclamation is available here, and was last accessed August 29, 2016: https://www.lds.org/topics/family-proclamation?lang=eng.]