Even though the Holy Bible often refers to God as a male, the Archbishop of Canterbury is now saying that’s not exactly accurate. During his speech at Trafalgar Square’s St Martin-in-the-Fields, Reverend Justin Welby made the controversial remarks.
Welby’s teaching has since gone viral – and raised several eyebrows – on social media. Believers and non-believers alike have a lot to say about it, as evidenced by all the comments on the web.
It’s only methaporical, says Reverend Justin Welby!
“All human language about God is inadequate and to some degree metaphorical.
“God is not a father in exactly the same way as a human being is a father. God is not male or female. God is not definable.”
Welby further continued that it’s important to remember who God really is.
“It is extraordinarily important as Christians that we remember that the definitive revelation of who God is was not in words, but in the word of God who we call Jesus Christ. We can’t pin God down.”
While the remarks may sound shocking to some, it isn’t exactly the first time that a Catholic official spoke about this concept. Back in 1992, Pope John Paul specifically said that “God is neither man nor woman: he is God,” as we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church number 239.
Also, there’s Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of Christian history, who shared:
“The reason God has been seen as male is simply the patriarchal assumptions of those societies.
“They reached for male terms as the people with power in that Greco-Roman world were male, so we use words like Lord and king. The world is now different and we have to show that our view of God is wider than that.”
Meanwhile, netizens couldn’t help but react to Welby’s teachings.
“God loved us so much that HE sent his only son. Pretty conclusive. God is male.”
“He’s called Our Father for a reason.”
On the other hand, a non-believer commented:
“He’s neither male or female because he isn’t real.”
Well what do you think, our dear readers? Do you believe in God? If so, do you think he’s a male, female, or gender-neutral? Let us know in the comment section!
53% of Pet Owners Prefer Chilling Out With Their Pets Than Their Human Friends
We all know someone exactly like this…
Be honest: If you were given the chance to choose between hanging out with your friends or your pets, which would you prefer? While some would easily pick their human pals, it's also true that there are those among us who'd much rather chill with their animals instead.
This is according to a recent research that said about 53% of pet owners said they enjoyed their pets' company more than their human buddies. Moreover, 17% even confessed they love spending quality time with their animal better than their significant other.
Australia Doesn’t Exist, Flat Earthers Claim Country Is Biggest Hoax Ever Created
“Your Australian friends? They’re all actors and computer generated personas.”
There is little doubt that Flat Earthers have some unconventional beliefs. However, one particular idea is causing outrage and confusion. According to the Flat Earthers, Australia doesn't actually exist. They even pointed out that the country is "one of the biggest hoaxes ever created."
A Facebook rant has gone viral after the page Flat Earth Believers decided to reveal the truth about Australia. In the post, they point out that the country "is not real" and that is was "made for us to believe that Britain moved over their criminals to someplace." The rant even goes as far as claiming that the so-called "Australians" are just "actors and computer-generated personas."
Flat Earthers don't believe Australia actually exists.
Vegan Activists Play Audio From Slaughterhouses To Prove A Point To Steakhouse Diners
Reaching people is never possible when they are disrespected like this.
An unnecessary event happened in a Brazilian steakhouse when a vegan activist group randomly stormed the establishment and turned it into the site of a protest. The group forced people to listen to the sounds of animals being slaughtered and urged diners to put down their forks.
The protest group is called Direct Action Everywhere that was founded in the US in 2013. Their plan was to go to meat restaurants and supermarkets in the U.K. to make people feel bad about eating meat.