The Gospel of John is remarkably different from the other gospels. It states that Christians are born of God (John 1:12-13). The first letter of John contains similar statements (1 John 2:29, 3:9, 4:7, 5:1, 5:4, 5:18). Men cannot give birth so that God could be a Mother. Christians may have given God a sex change. It raises an obvious question. If the early church leaders went to great lengths to remove all the evidence of God being a Mother, then how could they have overlooked the phrase born of God? The answer probably is that they did not.
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The Gospels are written in Greek, and Greek culture dominated the ancient Eastern Mediterranean. And so, Greek thought affected how the early church fathers modelled their religion. In Greek mythology, Athena, the goddess of wisdom, was born from the head of the male god Zeus. Hence, Jesus is referred to as ‘godhead’ in some of the letters of the church fathers (Acts 17:29, Romans 1:20, Colossians 2:9). In modern translations, this is lost. Also, according to the church fathers, Jesus is the head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22), and the Church is Jesus’ body (Colossians 1:24).
When the church fathers gave God a sex change, they may initially have used the Zeus and Athena analogy so that Jesus was born of the Father. The head of their construct was Jesus, while the body was the Father. That probably seemed inappropriate, so the Church became Jesus’ body instead. The Church may have become a substitute for God. The replacement may then have been applied to Jesus’ marriage. That may be why the church fathers claimed that Jesus was the bridegroom of the Church.
More evidence that God is a Mother can be found in the Odes Of Solomon. Ode 19 (here is that number again) comes with the following lines:
A cup of milk was offered to me: and I drank it in the sweetness of the delight of the Lord.
The Son is the cup, and He who was milked is the Father.
And the Holy Spirit milked Him: because His breasts were full, and it was necessary for Him that His milk should be sufficiently released.
And the Holy Spirit opened His bosom and mingled the milk from the two breasts of the Father, and gave the mixture to the world without their knowledge.1
It is an old Christian text that was already circulating by 100 AD. Hence, it probably is older. No other ancient Christian text explicitly mentions gender-related attributes of God. Here God is depicted as having female physical characteristics despite being called Father. It appears that God is a Mother and that early Christians gave God a sex change.
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1. The Lost Bible: Forgotten Scriptures Revealed. J.R. Porter (2001).