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Gender of Holy Spirit
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Gender of Holy Spirit
Before I begin, I would like to clarify that I am part of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church, which is the Indian branch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, which uses the Divine Liturgy of St. James and our liturgical language is Syriac. 

The Holy Spirit's grammatical gender in Greek is neuter (pneuma) and masculine in Latin (spiritus) and so because the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as 'it', I believed the Holy Spirit to be genderless 

Imagine my surprise, when I discover the word for Spirit in Syriac is rucha and is feminine, same with the Hebrew ruach and that the established gender usage for referring to the Holy Spirit is feminine in Syriac tradition and that early Syriac works like the Odes to Solomon refers to the Holy Spirit as feminine [1][2] 

I got to thinking, hey, If the Holy Spirit is feminine then that makes the Trinity: 

God the Father 
God the Mother
God the Son 

So, what do you think? It is better to refer to the Holy Spirit as feminine or should it just stay 'it'?  

Cheers, Knives. 

[1] The Holy Spirit as Feminine 
[2] Susan Harvey on Early Syriac Tradition
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#2
RE: Gender of Holy Spirit
You do realize your question to non believers sounds like: "Does elder wand that Harry has makes him the strongest wizard?". Which is a stupid question to ask here. Most of the people here think that whole bible is a schizophrenic fairy tale.
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RE: Gender of Holy Spirit
It is a hermaphroditic winged Unicorn named Paco. It's married to a dwarf who suffers from giantism, who is also named Paco. They can both count to potato.
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RE: Gender of Holy Spirit
Right, on review, this may not be the best place to ask this question. 

But... Could you possibly just share your thoughts.. pretty please?
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#5
RE: Gender of Holy Spirit
Wait, how is a male parent, a female parent, and a male child a perfect trinity? That's not balanced.
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RE: Gender of Holy Spirit
(November 16, 2018 at 11:54 am)TwoKnives99 Wrote: Right, on review, this may not be the best place to ask this question. 

But... Could you possibly just share your thoughts.. pretty please?

You follow God by enduring pain of righteous life and attain heaven, the rest doesn't matter.
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RE: Gender of Holy Spirit
Look under the Holy Spirit’s robe. That should give you a clue.

Boru
‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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RE: Gender of Holy Spirit
(November 16, 2018 at 11:54 am)no one Wrote: It is a hermaphroditic winged Unicorn named Paco. It's married to a dwarf who suffers from giantism, who is also named Paco. They can both count to potato.

I'm gonna go ahead and Say you're saying the Holy Spirit is a hermaphrodite. 

The rest... I'll unpack that later
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RE: Gender of Holy Spirit
Obviously you haven't seen or read The Shack (not that I recommend it).

If you had, you'd know that the Holy Spirit is an attractive and quirky Asian woman; the Father is a sweet black woman who bakes well; and the Son is just a terrific chill dude, who may be baked much of the time.

You're welcome.
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RE: Gender of Holy Spirit
I believe they did share their thoughts. Allow me to summarize "Atheists don't believe in God or Gods, this usually includes any part of the Hebrew trinity".

If you'd like to have a sematic discussion on ancient languages and the importance of gender in language and it's relevance to a belief in a Hebrew God I can comment. I don't care whether "it" mean male, female or non-binary in differing languages. I do like your correlation to the experience of Father, Mother and son. I believe it's more experiential and less gender role specific though.
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