The Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as "He"...but lately, I have begun to wonder if the Trinity would actually be more "balanced" if the Holy Spirit was Female. Sometimes, I even wonder if Mary might end up being what we have traditionally called "The Holy Spirit". Theoretically, this would not be Biblically possible, since the Spirit descended upon the Disciples at Pentecost, and Mary was still alive at that point. It is food for thought, though...

What do you think about this?

Blessings and Love, Jai

asked 14 Jun '11, 22:09

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edited 15 Jun '11, 07:49

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There may be no gender in and about our spiritual consciousness;
material form is transcended yet we seem to insist on anthropomorphizing the trinity.
the ancients did recognize what we in the west call the 'holy spirit' as having feminine characteristics,
we are so caught up in gender differences instead of recognizing the polarity of said human characteristics.
Is there more to be-ingness for mankind than just gender?


answered 15 Jun '11, 00:29

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edited 15 Jun '11, 17:45

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I would think there is no "human gender" at that level of the source.


answered 15 Jun '11, 23:15

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Absolutely! It is also donkey in nature, bird, man, rock and cockroach in nature. Nothing more than the other because everything is everything..

It is all the same stuff.


answered 16 Jun '11, 01:11

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I have always been interested in how people perceive the gender of God. I think most are of the opinion that God is male. But His/Her nature is not dual as the things of this world. We have plus and minus, hot and cold, hunger and satisfaction. There is none of these in the afterlife. Therefore God is neither male nor female.

Remeber Jesus saying "If you drink water from this well, you will be thirsty again. But if you drink my water, you will never be thirsty again." There is no hunger or thirst when you are a God.


answered 16 Jun '11, 05:38

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i agree no gender! And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.does fire (energy) as sex?


answered 17 Jun '11, 02:31

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white tiger

The Holy Spirit is neither male nor female. It is not bound to physical limitations as gender and gender does not define our spirit.


answered 29 Jan '12, 11:18

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I thought that I would enlarge upon my theme by quoting this passage, written by Pope Paul VI in 1974:

"In 1974, Pope Paul VI wrote a document on devotion to Mary, which continues to be the norm for Marian devotion. The following articles dwelt on the topic, The Holy Spirit and Mary (MC 26, 27). The first (article 26) shows the rich symbolism developed by the Father to describe the relation between Mary and the Holy Spirit:

26. It seems to us useful to add to this mention of the Christological orientation of devotion to the Blessed Virgin a reminder of the fittingness of giving prominence in this devotion to one of the essential facts of the Faith: the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. Theological reflection and the liturgy have in fact noted how the sanctifying intervention of the Spirit in the Virgin of Nazareth was a culminating moment of the Spirit's action in the history of salvation. Thus, for example, some Fathers and writers of the Church attributed to the work of the Spirit the original holiness of Mary, who was as it were "fashioned by the Holy Spirit into a kind of new substance and new creature." [LG 56] Reflecting on the Gospel texts--"The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will cover you with his shadow" (Lk. 1:35) and "Mary was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.... She has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit" (Mt. 1:18, 20)--they saw in the Spirit's intervention an action that consecrated and made fruitful Mary's virginity and transformed her into the "Abode of the King" or "Bridal Chamber of the Word," the "Temple," or "Tabernacle of the Lord," the "Ark of the Covenant" or "the Ark of Holiness," titles rich in biblical echoes. Examining more deeply still the mystery of the incarnation, they saw in the mysterious relationship between the Spirit and Mary an aspect redolent of marriage, poetically portrayed by Prudentius: "The unwed Virgin espoused the Spirit," and they called her the "Temple of the Holy Spirit," an expression that emphasizes the sacred character of the Virgin now the permanent dwelling of the Spirit of God. Delving deeply into the doctrine of the Paraclete, they saw that from Him as from a spring there flowed forth the fullness of grace (cf. Lk. 1:28) and the abundance of gifts that adorned her. Thus they attributed to the Spirit the faith, hope and charity that animated the Virgin's heart, the strength that sustained her acceptance of the will of God, and the vigor that upheld her in her suffering at the foot of the cross. In Mary's prophetic canticle (cf. Lk. 1:46-55) they saw a special working of the Spirit who had spoken through the mouths of the prophets." Considering, finally, the presence of the Mother of Jesus in the Upper Room, where the Spirit came down upon the infant Church (cf Acts 1:12-14; 2:14), they enriched with new developments the ancient theme of Mary and the Church. Above all, they had recourse to the Virgin's intercession in order to obtain from the Spirit the capacity for engendering Christ in their own soul, as is attested to by Saint Ildephonsus in a prayer of supplication, amazing in its doctrine and prayerful power: "I beg you, holy Virgin, that I may have Jesus from the Holy Spirit, by whom you brought Jesus forth. May my soul receive Jesus through the Holy Spirit by whom your flesh conceived Jesus.... May I love Jesus in the Holy Spirit in whom you adore Jesus as Lord and gaze upon Him as your Son."


answered 15 Jun '11, 09:10

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