I apologize for the original post of ‘God is female’ for not appearing here.
It was my fault. I accidentally deleted my WordPress database in my SiteGround web hosting cPanel. Fortunately, through live chat, I was able to restore one of my automatic back-ups. It was today’s version but backed up before I published today’s post 🙁
I will rewrite it and post again soon.
Here we go (April 1st) and I will try to reproduce my original post as closely as possible. The original article that prompted this post is reproduced at the end.
It comes as no surprise to me that Fr. O’ Neal reported about a ‘Mother God.’ Many people who experienced a Christian upbringing come to think of God as a male, dressed in flowing white robes and a snowy beard.
That notion is ridiculous. As far as I am aware the only man who has ever seen God is Jesus. That is not intended to cast doubt on Fr. O’ Neal. And, of course Jesus was no ordinary man. He was the Son of God.
All that is premised on the foundation that you are a Christian. If you are not, then please carry on reading. You may learn something.
Why I am Not Surprised to Hear God is Female?
I can’t claim to have had a ‘near-death’ or ‘out-of-body’ episode like the Catholic priest in the story below. But I did have a very deep emotional spiritual experience about ten years ago.
It was an experience that reinforced my own Christian belief. I received the Sacrament of the Sick. Some know it as the Anointing of the Sick or the Last Rites. Fortunately, it isn’t necessary to be dying to receive this sacrament.
On receiving this Sacrament I became transformed. Not in a bodily sense but inwardly. I felt as if I was rushing back in time to a warm, safe place. Later it made me think of being in the womb again. I was immersed in a total love and acceptance. I was at peace. I felt cleansed and reborn.
It is difficult to explain the depth of these feelings in a few sentences. I know that I received the Holy Spirit. I know God is real. I know that Jesus died for our sins and that is why I felt cleansed and reborn. The unconditional love and acceptance that Fr. O’ Neal referred to, and I also experienced, is akin to a mother’s love for her child.
That is a reason for understanding why the priest says God is a female.
Me? I don’t believe God is male or female. It is one of the mysteries of faith.
At this point, I ask readers not to confuse faith and religion. Faith in a Christian context is belief. A belief that science can neither prove or disprove.
Faith is nothing to do with religious bigots, hypocrites and people who kill in the name of religion. Faith is nothing to do with attending a church. Faith is in the soul, heart and mind of an individual.
Faith can help a person overcome the personal tragedies that life throws at us. It can help you through grief, depression and sickness. It doesn’t make you a perfect being. But it can make you a better person.
None of us are perfect. I ask for God’s forgiveness on many occasions. I don’t even strive for perfection as it’s not viable. In any event, I know that God loves me. I have no desire to witness God’s presence just yet. But when I do, I know there is a warm unconditional acceptance and love waiting for me.
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A Catholic priest from Massachussetts was officially dead for more than 48 minutes before medics were able to miraculously re-start his heart has revealed a shocking revelation that will change everything you once believed.
The 71-year-old cleric Father John Micheal O’neal claims he went to heaven and met God, which he describes as a warm and comforting motherly figure.
Father John Micheal O’neal was rushed to the hospital on January 29 after a major heart attack, but was declared clinically dead soon after his arrival.
With the aid of a high-tech machine called LUCAS 2, that kept the blood flowing to his brain, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital managed to unblock vital arteries and return his heart to a normal rhythm.
The doctors were afraid he would have suffered some brain damage from the incident, but he woke up less than 48 minutes later and seems to have perfectly recovered.
The elderly man claims that he has clear and vivid memories of what happened to him while he was dead. He describes a strange out-of-body experience, experiencing an intense feeling of unconditional love and acceptance, as well as being surrounded by an overwhelming light.
He claims that at that point in his experience, he went to heaven and encountered God, which he describes as a feminine, mother-like “Being of Light”.
“Her presence was both overwhelming and comforting” states the Catholic priest. “She had a soft and soothing voice and her presence was as reassuring as a mother’s embrace. The fact that God is a Holy Mother instead of a Holy Father doesn’t disturb me, she is everything I hoped she would be and even more!
The declarations of the cleric caused quite a stir in the catholic clergy of the archdiocese over the last few days, causing the Archbishop to summon a press conference to try and calm the rumors.
Despite the disapproval of his superiors, Father O’neal says that he will continue dedicating his life to God and spread the word of the “Holy Mother”.
“I wish to continue preaching” says the elderly cleric. “I would like to share my new knowledge of the Mother, the Son and the Holy Ghost with all catholics and even all Christians. God is great and almighty despite being a woman…”
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has not confirmed however, if they will allow Father O’neal to resume his preaching in his former parish in South Boston.
Could it be that the warm and comforting “being of light” is actually The Comforter, The Holy Ghost? I am a Christian and I find it wholly plausible that the Holy Spirit could be the nurturing guide of our “Mother God” or Heavenly Mother. I think maybe She is too sacred to our Heavenly Father to share Her face with the natural man. But also Her constant comfort and guidance, warm and loving, is essential for us to find our way home and is available to us unconditionally. As our Heavenly Parents, working together along with Christ to help us on the journey of life, just as our own parents and older brother do, or should do. #askanditshallbegiven
Interesting thoughts, Dee. I really do not know if the elements of the Holy Trinity are divisible. Is it Holy Trinity plus one? A Mother God or the Holy Mother? As I say these are aspects of the ‘mystery of faith.’
There is, and was (my own experience), a real sensation of a “deep unconditional constant comfort and guidance.” To describe the sensation as “warm and loving” is inadequate. It was a feeling of love that was so deep it was beyond all human recognition. So deep that mere words are unable to describe it.
Thank you for your comments. I appreciate you making the effort.
Thank you. Do you think we can feel that same feeling in our daily lives as we pray for guidance and comfort with a real faith in God? I think I have felt the Comforter in this way during times of intense struggle and trial. Surely your experience has been remarkable in that way. Have you felt it since? Good wishes to you.
Yes, in my own experience I think we can experience a similar feeling of peace through prayer. But I have never had the same depth of feeling since. Best wishes to you too, Dee.
Really interesting topic. The thing about someone’s experience is that no one can deny it. The priest’s experience calls to mind a book I read a little while back called “The Shack” where the writer had an experience with God who appeared as an African-American woman.
Thanks for sharing.
I am pleased you enjoyed it. Thank you! I must read The Shack so thank you too for the recommendation.
You are welcome.