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 populated entirely by masculine energies. Be that as it may, long ago in ancient Rome the pronouns used in Hebrew and Greek texts to describe God—and other heavenly beings—abruptly changed. When the Church translated the Greek text to Latin, Mother turned into a “man.” Most of the angels did, too. Since then, for more than 1,600 years western Christians have honored two male Parents. The irony? This strange idea began in Holy Rome.
“This fundamental point, traditionally 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, and Brother.
All 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 physical body. Instead my perfect Mother, or “Ima” (Hebrew for “Great Mother”) is the nurturing, manifesting, feminine aspect of God.
Christianity grew out of Judaism, one of the world’s oldest father-mother belief systems. Even so, due to a decision made in Rome 400 years after Christ, western Christianity today remains a father-father-son religion.
Shouldn’t that read, father-mother-son?
Dating back more than 3,000 years, the image of God as Father and Mother is the cornerstone of the Judaeo-Christian belief system. The concept of a feminine Holy Spirit was vitally important to the ancient high priests. How do we know this? In the Bible, Mother appears first. 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 Ruach Elohim was hovering upon the face of the waters.Rúach Elohim.
How did I lose my perfect Mother?
Before Christianity came to Rome, the term Rúach was replaced by the Greek noun Pneuma, 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, major shifts in the gender of the Holy Spirit have made it next to impossible to locate my dear Mother in our western Christian Bibles.
Next, consider the vast number of Bible references to spirit and Holy Spirit in both Testaments. Rome must have expended vast resources to completely separate the feminine from God.
Question. How much theology was reworked in order to create an all-male Trinity? Wouldn’t it be so much easier, less confusing, and more respectful to create a feminine Latin pronoun to honor my perfect Mother? Sadly, in what seems to me its greatest hubris, the Church adopted Mother’s title.
Grammar alone does not heal the issue.
It would be completely wrong to state that the image of the Holy Spirit as a woman and mother is caused by the fact that the Hebrew, Aramaic and Syriac words for “spirit” are (nearly) always feminine. Nevertheless, the very first Christians, all of whom were Jews by birth, used to speak of the Holy Spirit as feminine. These Jewish Christians (or, perhaps better: Christian Jews) adhered 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 can 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 relationships on earth exist 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 enhance our relationship to heaven, creation, and how we fit in. When compared to the Bible I find that the raw, unedited words of the first Christians benefit me the most.
Meet your 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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