Do you know that the Holy Spirit is a feminine being? She is God’s spirit, Father’s wife, and my perfect Mother. It’s good to know that heaven is not entirely filled with masculine energies. So how did we reach such a mixed up state? Long ago in ancient Rome, the pronouns used in Hebrew and Greek texts to describe God and other heavenly beings abruptly changed. When the early Church translated the Greek texts to Latin, our perfect mother, the Holy Spirit, turned into a “He.” The gender switch also applied to angels and our own heavenly souls (Mother’s daughters). Since that time more than 1,600 years of western Christians have grown up with two male Parents. The irony? This unearthly idea began in Holy Rome.
“This fundamental point, long obscured in scriptural translation and largely ignored by commentators, clearly has the most far-reaching theological implications.”
T.P. Brown: The Maternal Spirit
God is my perfect Mother, Father, Brother, and Sister
Both Christians and Jews believe in the Holy Spirit. With one key difference. In the languages Jesus used, Hebrew and Aramaic, Rúach (spirit) and Rúach Hakodesh (spirit-the-holy) are feminine nouns. But Jesus does not suggest the Holy Spirit is a woman, for she has no body. Instead my perfect Mother, or “Ima” (Hebrew for “Great Mother”) is the nurturing, manifesting, feminine aspect of God.
Christianity grew out of Judaism, which evolved from the ancient Egyptians—one of the world’s oldest father-mother belief systems. Despite that fact, due to a decision made in Rome more than 350 years after Christ, western Christianity today remains a father-father-son religion.
Umm, Rome? shouldn’t that read, father-mother-son?
When I asked, “Why do you bless yourself In the Name of the Mother, the Daughter and the Holy Spirit?” She simply replied, “The Father and the Son seem to be too busy to answer my prayers, so now I’m trying a divine gender shift for better results.”
—Joseph P. Gillespie, O.P. (2016)
Mother’s role in ancient times
Dating back more than 3,000 years, the image of God as both Father and Mother forms the cornerstone of the Judaeo-Christian belief system. Indeed the concept of a feminine Holy Spirit was vitally important to the ancient Jews. How do we know this? Mother is the first figure in the Bible. At Genesis 1:2, where the Spirit of God hovers over the waters, the Orthodox Jewish Bible still uses the feminine: And the earth was tohu vavohu (without form, and void); and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Rúach Elohim was hovering upon the face of the waters.Rúach Elohim.
How did I lose my perfect Mother?
Before the Bible texts came to Rome, the feminine Rúach was replaced with Pneuma, a Greek noun which carries no gender. Then, in the first Latin Bible (Vulgate, c. 384 CE), the Roman Catholic Church replaced Pneuma with the masculine Spiritus. In short, these major gender shifts in the person of the Holy Spirit have made it next to impossible to locate our loving Mother in today’s western Christian bibles.
All of that said, consider next the vast number of Bible references to spirit and Holy Spirit in both Testaments. Caesar must have spent a fortune to completely separate the feminine from God.
Question. How much theology was reworked in order to create an all-male Trinity? Would it not have been much less expensive and far more respectful to create a feminine Latin pronoun to honor my perfect Mother? Worst of all, in what seems to me its greatest hubris, the Catholic Church took Mother’s title for itself.
Grammar alone does not heal the issue.
It would be wrong to state that the image of the Holy Spirit as our true mother is based solely on the fact that the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac terms for “spirit” are almost always feminine. In truth, the very first Christians, all of whom were Jews by birth, spoke of the feminine Holy Spirit. These Jewish Christians (or perhaps better: Christian Jews) held tight to Genesis 1:27 where it is said that God created male and female after his image. If this text is received in truth, then something feminine is inherent to God. (Van Oort, J.)*
My Perfect Mother in the Bible
In the Old Testament we find Mother in the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Here the Hebrew term for wisdom (and also the other six gifts) is attributed to our Mother, Rúach Hakodesh, at And the Ruach Hakodesh of Hashem shall rest upon Him, the Ruach of Chochmah (wisdom) and Binah (understanding), the Ruach of Etzah (Counsel) and Gevurah (might), the Ruach of Da’as (knowledge) and of the Yir’at Hashem (fear of God)...Isaiah 11:2-3.
One English reference to Mother exists at Luke 7. We catch a brief glimpse of her through the son’s eyes while Jesus proclaims wisdom—chochmah—as his, yours, and my perfect Mother.
“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”
How well do you know your divine Family?
The most intimate, personal relationship on earth occur within the typical human family. Indeed brothers, sisters, and parents know one another inside and out. In the same way, acknowledging God as our True Family can bring that same intimate relationship to heaven. When compared to the Bible texts, the candid words of the first Christians make far more sense to me.
Meet yours and my perfect Mother, the Holy Spirit!
A disciple [asked] the Lord for something worldly. Yeshua says to him, “Request of thy Mother and she will give to thee from what belongs to another.”
Yeshua says…For my mother bore my body, yet my True Mother gave me the life.
In the days when we were Hebrews, we were left fatherless, having only our Mother (the Sacred Spirit). Yet when we became Christics (Messianics), Father came to be with Mother for us.
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
She alone is the truth. She makes the multitude, and concerning us she teaches this alone in a love through many.
I am so very sorry about the dreadful mix-up. I want to help. At the same time I know that it doesn’t offend you. You’ll make it right when the time is right. You are my perfect Mother. I love you, I trust you, and I believe in you. Yet still I pray for some nice brother or sister to fix the typo.
Forever child-of-yours, Andrew.
* The Holy Spirit as Feminine: Early Christian Testimonies and Their Interpretation. HTS Theological Studies 72(1), a3225. Van Oort, J. (2016).
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