Let's say "God" does exist. What on earth makes people think it is a HE. Always. Find a religious internet meme and it's always "The Father" "The Man Upstairs" "Sky Dad" whatever, always a HE, never a SHE.
. Why is that you think?
If the deity does exist, no one can say if we are talking about something that is a singular or plural... nor whether we are talking about a "being" or a "phenomenon" ... so why not use the complex third person pronoun "She/He/It/They" or, just the acronym S/H/I/T ...?
The earliest deities were male and female usually biased more toward the female, it was with the advent of monotheism that male and gender neutral deities became referred to as "he"
The earliest known monotheistic deity was The Aton literally the sun, since polytheistic sun gods before it has been male, The Aton was generally referred to as he since the use of "it" was reserved for inanimate things.
Sun gods male, Moon goddess' female.
In the first true dualist religion Zoroastrianism Ahura Mazda the positive deity was male, as was Ahrimanez the negative, but again since neither was technically humanoid it was more of a courtesy.
With the advent of the house of Israel from which Judaism is an offshoot in it's earliest days there were two principle deities or Elohim: Adonai and Ashera symbolising the male and female principle
Genesis 1: 26 Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness"
Note the plural
Genesis 1: 27 in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
The word here translated, as God is Elohim the plural of El or Eloha so it should more accurately read
In the image of the gods he created them; male and female he created them.
when the house of Israel scattered leaving only the tribe of Judah and the Tribe of Benjamin, the priest of Adonai (the house of Benjamin or Levites) decided JHWH as he was then secretly being known was going to be the one and only God of Israel and took the opportunity to try and totally obliterate the "cult" of Ashera, by utterly suppressing women, blaming Eve for the woes of the world, and apart from Ruth, Esther and Deborah, editing all female prophets, priests, judges and royalty out of the scriptures. Banning women from study of the scriptures and ushering in the western age of female suppression that was to last almost 4000 years in orthodox religion and society.
However the Goddess cult has never died out, women have never totally be repressed and oppressed and today unfortunately are now being oppressed a new. Not this time by men, but by their own over zealous sisters, trying to utterly destroy the glory of the human race that is femininity, in favour of pseudo masculine females and hate mongering bigots.
I was Pagan/Wiccan for many years. We were always encouraged to look to the Mother and the Father - but mother seemed to always be the default gender for deities for most people I knew in the community.
Honestly, the whole 'God the Father' thing is kinda pointless, considering that if there is a god, it could theoretically be any gender, non-gender, unidentified gender, or any combination thereof. In this case, it's most likely because it was a patriarchal society that wrote the books, held all knowledge, money and power, etc etc... and their BS worldview was spread out by using religion.
It's just another aspect of the truly religious that I just can't understand. How can one say that "God is definitely this, and not that" when God is supposed to be all powerful, and could be any thing it wishes?
You know... If there was a god, I have to think it would be a she... Biologically, it's the female who gestates, and produces beings. I've always thought this, and hated the patriarchal nature of religion. It annoys me greatly that menstruation is depicted in the Bible as an unclean thing- that a woman in menstrus would have to go somewhere else... Menstruation is an abandoned preparation for creating a new person! Fuck!
Yeah... If there were a god, it would be a goddess... If there were a creator, it would be a she.
Us men, we're bigger, and stronger; but that's just sexual dimorphism... In other species, sometimes, it's the female who has the upper hand. Among us primates, though, males are bigger. So what? It's the females who actually run the show... We would be NOTHING without them.
There certainly isn't a god; but if there was, it would be a she.
That's my two cents worth.
I would say that the reason could be that the Middle Eastern society that created the god of Abraham were patriarchic. So I think that a male god was consistent with their culture. Women were consider property and subservient to males. So I think having that view of women they wouldn’t have an all-powerful female deity. From my experience living in a Muslim country women were and are second class citizens. If you look at other parts of the world like in pre Christian Europe there were many female gods. Even in that area before the god of Abraham was adopted as the “one true god” there were many female gods. So I think that it’s a culture reflection of who they were and are. Just my thoughts on it.
I think that, perhaps, you need to explore polytheistic religions. The first religions had goddesses: Egyptian, Sumerian, Hindu, and later, Greek, Roman, and Celtic myth had many images of the feminine divine, as did cultures all over the world.
Even Judaism has "Elohim," which is feminine and plural. Some scholars claim that Yahweh had a wife, as well. Even though Catholicism stops short of calling the Virgin Mary a goddess, she had and has a huge influence in the faith. Protestants immediately downgraded Mary as she was a bit too influential.
Modern pagan religions emphasize the importance of goddesses: Wicca, Asatru (based on Norse beliefs) and solitary practitioners all revere the female divine.
Although polytheistic religions were often patriarchal, the "existence" of goddesses did not mean that women got a fair shake. Monotheistic religions have a male deity to emphasize the importance of men--if there is only one, of course it will be a male. Some Christians deny that god has a sex, but yeah, their god is male.
You are looking at the wrong religious memes as modern paganism and Hinduism are practiced.
Using semantics, the correct English language words for various occupations and conditions are words like:- Chairman, Human, etc.
The "man" here refers to species, not gender. Thus, if gender is important one may state (formally) The lady Chairman.
Only with the advent of Political Correctness gone wild have words like Chairwoman or Chairperson been invented. When referring to both men and women within a category, the default word is "he", not he/she or worse still, "they".
So, Man is an omnivore, he eats anything. is correct English.
It includes women, since in this usage it is not gender specific.
Thus, if the multiple manifestations of a god are being referenced, the correct word is "he".
Those who then refer to The man upstairs, etc. are utterly misled.
God is the "Woman in the Driver's Seat", ....
Bc men can beat women up, essentially, so God, Who is not a person and has no sex, is being anthropomorphised in order to present Him as the One to follow. It is strictly a construct iow; God is not a "he." "There are no male or female in the kingdom." So, great reason to abandon religion imo, as that is a religious appropriation, but even the Bible argues against that.