In an attempt to support the ordination of women bishops in The Church of England, a British historian is emphasizing the importance of women in religion and posing the idea that God could be female.
Bettany Hughes, a specialist in ancient history, asserted in the U.K. publication Radio Times that Christianity "was originally a faith where the female of the species held sway" and to deny this connection would be to deny the central role of women in the church.
She also wrote, "Who knows whether God is a girl, but mankind has turned to the female of the species for good ideas. Our own monotheistic institutions might do well to take a leaf out of the book of human experience and build on this consensus when it comes to reaping the benefits of a close relationship between women and the divine."
As noted above, part of Bettany Hughes' argument in favor of ordaining female bishops is the alleged unanswered question, "Who knows whether God is a girl?" Again, the Bible offers a clear and unambiguous answer. While texts such as John 4:24 reveal that God the Father is spirit and does not actually possess a physical body, it is undeniable that Scripture uses much anthropomorphic language to describe God. In using such language, the writers of Scripture, inspired by the Holy Spirit, always referred to God in male terms, the most notable of which may be the distinction of 'God the Father.'
Finally, it is not difficult to note that God the Son, Jesus Christ, was distinctly male. Throughout the Gospel narratives it is made plain that God chose to reveal Himself to humanity in this manner. Jesus Christ, the God-man, humbled Himself to dwell among men. As a baby, He was circumcised according to Jewish law (Luke 2:22-23). As a man, He obediently and willingly bore the holy wrath of God the Father as a perfect substitute and sacrifice for all who would believe. To reject these clear truths as revealed by God in Scripture is to reject Jesus Christ Himself, without whom no one can be saved.
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. (Acts 2:22-24)
Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Acts 2:36-39)