There was a woman who came to my door and began to talk about the “Heavenly mother” mentioning her 2 main points.
(1) God is both Male and Female:
Using the verse in Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” and in Genesis 1:27 “so God created man in His own image; of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (God created Adam and Eve), interpreting it that God is both male and female, and mentioning that we are familiar with Heavenly Father but we forget “our” Heavenly mother” who is considered “God”. She then began to read small verses from certain places in the Bible talking about the Heavenly mother or the bride.
I then told her that God has no gender because He is in the form of Spirit. At which she responded to me to prove it using the Bible.
What does the Bible mean by OUR and US when referring to God in Gen. 1:26? ???
(2) Only the Father and the Mother can give us eternal life:
She said: Just as we came in to this world with both our earthly parents (father and mother), we will also be able to enter into the eternal life through our heavenly father and mother. She then began to say that, quoting from Revelations 22:17 “and the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” And in this passage she said that only the Heavenly father (Spirit) and the Heavenly mother (bride) can give us eternal life (water of life).
I am going to meet with her again and I need to be ready. Now I am not trying to bash her faith or even try to convert her, but to let her know what we as Coptic Christians believe.
Essentially I need help in finding verses from the Bible to let her understand that we do not have a “Heavenly mother” who is considered “God”.
I also need to help interpreting what is meant by the verses that she used above, to what we as Coptic Christians believe.
Thanks a bunch and GB :)