“ Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 2:26-27).
You have just read that God created mankind in His image. And since the Fall of Mankind and his expulsion from the Garden of Eden, it seems as if man is continually attempting to return the favor. What do I mean by that? Mankind tends to remake God into the type of being that they want Him to be, rather than what He has revealed Himself to be. That includes specific definitions of God that are not ours to edit.
Recently, a well-known and long-established denomination has been talking about editing the Bible in regard to the gender pronouns that are used to describe God. What is proposed is the changing of all the masculine pronouns that define God and making them neutral, neither male nor female. This is in keeping with a culture that has lost its way when it comes to defining the terms male and female, man and woman. In this case it is an attempt to redefine the very nature of God, who has Himself chosen to reveal Himself as masculine, not feminine.
Oswald Chambers wrote, “We are apt to forget that we are not only committed to Christ for salvation; we are committed to Jesus Christ’s view. His view of God, His view of the world, His view of sin and His view of the devil, and this will mean that we must recognize the responsibility of being transformed by the renewing of our minds.”
When speaking of renewing our minds, Chambers was referring to Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
When one is born into this world, they possess a natural mind, that is a mind not in tune with the mind of God, but in tune with the world around them. When one is born again by the Spirit of God, their minds begin a process of renewal as they begin to study God’s Word, The Holy Bible. The result of such study is the transforming or the renewing of the mind. Oswald said that one would then become committed to Jesus’ view, His view of God, His view of the world, His view of sin, His view of the devil.
Redefining God into a deity of our own choosing and liking is not an option. God is the Creator of all things. As the Sovereign One, He has ordained the fact that He is, “Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Matthew 6:9).