do we know if God is a man or a woman?
You could say
neither and you can say both.
Both men and
women are created in the image of God. This is not talking about
our physical form. Remember that God does not have a physical form.
We are created in the image of the character of God. Meaning we
(men and women) contain God's character.
we have a problem in English because we do not have the right words.
We typically use "man" to refer to everyone -- when it
does not mean "male".
Adam was created
first. The Hebrew word "Adam" means mankind. Adam was
neither male nor female. Adam was a complete and whole image of
God - meaning Adam included the characteristics of both of what
we now call male and female.
When God created
Eve, that is when He also created a male person. By taking a part
of Adam and using it to create women, God was decreasing part of
His character (God's character) in Adam. Now part of God's character
is reflected in man; part in woman; and parts of His character is
reflected in both men and women.
That's why men
and women are different. We reflect different aspects of God's character.
And that is why a man and a women together make a "whole"
-- because it brings together all of God's character in their union.
So you could say that only in the marriage of a man and a woman
do we see the complete image of God.
Yours in the
love of Christ,
Move To Assurance
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