Category - Heavenly Mother

Is God the Mother in the Bible?

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One of the popular topics we cover in the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) is the existence of God the Mother. Most Christians have known God only as Father not as Mother. I asked many people why God is referred as Father, and many gave a similar answer. “God was called Father because it was a patriarchal society back then.” Could this be a sufficient answer? In old times, most of countries had the patriarchal societies but there were still concepts of female deity. Ancient Greece was a highly patriarchal society but people believed in a lot of goddesses. Ancient Egypt was also a very patriarchal society but still believed in many female deity. However, in Christianity, the concept of female God has not even been considered. Some might say it is because the Bible does not talk about God the Mother. Is it so?

The Bible testifies about God the Mother from the very beginning

Contrary to a popular belief that God is only Father, we can find a lot of references to God the Mother in the Bible. Let’s take a look at the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible.

Gen 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Here, we can see God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.” How did He speak? He clearly spoke in plural. This means that God is not one but more than one. In Hebrew text, the word for God in this context is Elohim which means Gods.

Then how many Gods exist? Let’s see the next verse.

Gen 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Human beings were created according to the image of God. Here, how many images do you see? Apparently two: male and female. Therefore, there should be two images of God — the male image of God and the female image of God. We always have called the male image of God Father. This is also a teaching of the Bible.

Matt 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Since Christ taught us God is our Father, God is clearly our spiritual Father who is the male image of God. Then how should we call the female image of God? Of course Mother.

The Bible testifies about God the Mother, even until the last page

Rev 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

The Bible writes that the Spirit and the bride will give us the water of life. What is the water of life? It is eternal life according to Christ (John 4:13-14). The only one who can give us eternal life is God. This means that the Spirit and the bride must be God. Hm…then who are the Spirit and the Bride? The Spirit means the Holy Spirit who is God the Father according to the Trinity. In case you are not familiar with the term Trinity, it means God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are the same one God. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Spirit gives us eternal life. Yet, the Bible testifies that the bride also gives us eternal life. Then, who is this bride? Some may say that the bride represents a church or God’s people. However, can a church or God’s people give eternal life? Absolutely not. Therefore, the bride in Revelation cannot be a church or God’s people. If you want to know more about this, you can read this article.

Then who is the bride?

Rev 21:9-10 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

Here, an angel told John that he would show a bride who is the wife of the Lamb and showed the Holy City Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. This means the bride is heavenly Jerusalem. Some might be confused thinking that how a city could be a bride. However, many things in the Bible are written figuratively. For example, the Lamb here is not a literal lamb but represents Jesus Christ. Keeping this in mind, we should correctly understand whom the bride represents in the Bible. We can find the answer in the book of Galatians.

Gal 4:26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.

Here, we can understand that the heavenly Jerusalem represents our Mother. Therefore, the bride in Revelation is our heavenly Mother.

Conclusion: God the Mother is in the Bible

Besides these verses, there are many more verses that testify about Mother. Then some might wonder why not many people talk about Her much if She is really in the Bible. Well…2000 years ago, not many people knew and understood about Jesus Christ even though He was testified in the Bible (Isa 9:6-7, Mic 5:2, Isa 7:14). Yet, after many years, more and more people began to recognize Him and now it is hard to find someone who does not know Jesus. There was a lot of hindrance to spreading the good news of Christ (Acts 4:1-11) but the truth always prevailed and became known to God’s people. It will be the same for the truth of Mother. Though many try to deny Her existence in the Bible, eventually all the people in the world will know about Her. With this belief the World Mission Society Church of God is taking the lead in testifying about the God the Mother. If you visit the nearest church of God, you will understand more deeply about this teaching. Also check out following links and the video if you would like to know more about God the Mother.

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Does the Church of God divide families?

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Recently I came across an episode from NBC Today show. It featured the World Mission Society Church of God and seemed to hold it accountable for breaking up Rebecca’s family. I was quite offended by this show because it was very one-sided and some of the information was not even accurate. After this show, Rebecca herself had to make some videos to tell her side of the story and correct the wrong information reported on the show. If you would like to see the series of her videos, click on this link.

As a member of the church, let me write a few thoughts on this issue.

1. Does the Church of God divide families?

As you might know already, the Church of God has very different teachings compared to the other churches. For example, the church holds the main worship services on Saturday instead of Sunday. Also the church emphasizes the Passover that most Christians churches do not observe. Above all, the church believes in God the Mother as well as God the Father. However, all these teachings are based on the Bible and I shared a few of them on my website. You can click on the following links if you want to know more about the church’s teachings.

What is the Passover?

Why should we keep the Sabbath?

Why do we believe in Heavenly Mother?

Because of the difference in teachings and practices, church members often face disagreement among their own family members especially when they grew up in different religious backgrounds. It is a similar situation that happens to a newly married couple when a husband and wife have different religious beliefs. Yet, does every couple in this situation divorce? No, a lot of couples work out their differences by respecting each other’s religious belief even if they do not necessarily change their religions. The same thing can be true when this kind of disagreement happens in a family. As long as there is mutual respect for each other’s belief, there should be no problem in families. As a member of the Church of God, I can tell you confidently that the Church never teaches its members not to talk to their families because they are not part of the church. Rather, the church encourages members to practice God’s love in their families, serving them with humility and understanding. In actuality, most members get along well with their family members even though they have different religions.

2. The Church of God promotes family values

Contrary to what NBC Today show reported, the Church of God has promoted the family values through many events. Church members are encouraged to bring their family members who are not church members and they share God’s love and beautiful fellowship with them. If you would like to see the Church of God’s family events along with many other activities, please click on this link.

Every family can have a disagreement. However, as long as each family member respects each other, any issue can be resolved. However, what if one family member labels another as a cult just because he or she has a different belief? In this case, the real problem is not the church or different belief itself but the lack of understanding and respect from that family member. I feel sorry for what happened to Rebecca and her family and hope no one becomes the target of religious intolerance and discrimination in the future due to a misleading and biased news report.

Did Christ Ahnsahnghong say there is no God the Mother?

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One of the popular books that slanderers like to use is “The New Jerusalem and the Bride: Interpretation on Women’s veil.” They point out that Christ Ahnsahnghong said, “There is no bride” in this book. If you just look at the text of the book, it seems like He opposed the idea of God the Mother. However, if you consider the context and purpose of this book, you will easily understand why He said that.

Why was this book written?

First, let’s understand the reason why this book was written. There was a female member named Um Soo In and she happened to see a book in Father’s bag. She became curious and began to read this book without his permission and found the part where Father testified about Heavenly Mother. She soon became obsessed with the idea that she is the bride that Father mentioned and began to spread false teachings among members. She even said that she was entrusted with the mission as the Bride to have women take off their veils. 

Some members began to follow her false teachings and Father had to do something to stop her. He wrote the book, “The New Jerusalem and the Bride: Interpretation on Women’s Veil” and through this book He exposed her wrongs and made it clear that she is not the bride. At the end, Um Soo In was expelled from church and after the matter was settled, Christ Ahnsahnghong collected the copies and removed them because He wrote this book just to take care of Um Soo In affair not to teach the truth of the Bible. 

Let’s take one example. There is a wise king in a kingdom and he hears the report that enemies are coming to attack the city. He tells his soldiers to close the city gate and be ready for the battle. After they defeat their enemies, he tells them to open the gate again. However, some soldiers begin to complain saying, “Why does the king change his word? He told us to close the city gate before but now is saying we should open it again!” If you hear this complaint, would you agree with what they say? 

Now think about the reason why Christ Ahnsahnghong said, “There is no bride.” At that time, the truth was disturbed by spiritual enemies and in order to protect it, He closed the truth of Mother saying “there is no bride.” However, after the Um Soo In affair was settled, he opened the truth of Mother again so that children of God could understand the truth correctly. 

Why do slanderers use this book?

Christ Ahnsahnghong wrote this book just to take care of Um Soo In affair. He never intended to teach us the truth through this book. Writing this book was like taking a special measure in the time of emergency. That is why Father ordered the copies of this book to be returned and removed after the matter was settled. Then, why do they still use the book that Christ Ahnsahnghong did not want members to continue reading? And why do they just quote some parts of this book out of context, distorting the will of Christ Ahnsahnghong? Their purpose is nothing more than slandering the truth and confusing members. 

Please understand the purpose of this book and do not be deceived by their evil lies. If this matter still confuses you, you can always visit a nearby World Mission Society Church of God. We will explain it as clearly as possible. 

Heavenly Mother doesn’t come out publicly to say that she is God

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Those who slander the World Mission Society Church of God say, “Well. If Zhang Gil Jah is God the Mother as the Church of God claims she is, why doesn’t she say that she is God the Mother publicly?”  Do they have a point? Well not really.

Let’s think about Jesus Christ and what He did at his coming. He did a lot of great things and taught many people. However, did He say He was Christ in every gathering He had? No. He even told people not to say He was Christ since His time had not come yet.

Matt 16:20 Then Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.

Does that make Jesus not God? Absolutely not! Also Christ did not just preach the gospel. He helped out many people who were suffering from severe diseases.  On one occasion, Jesus healed 10 people with leprosy and only one man came back to thank Jesus.  (Luke 17:11-16) Just as Jesus did, Heavenly Mother made “We Love You Foundation” to help the people in need. Why does that become an issue?

Some also say, “The Church of God claims that the Passover is so important for our salvation. Then how come Zhang Gil Jah who is called God the Mother doesn’t talk about the Passover at WE Love You Foundation events?” I want to ask them one question. Did Jesus Christ talk about the Passover every time he was teaching people or helping them? No. It was not until the day before his death did He teach disciples about the Passover.

Pharisees and Sadducees 2000 years ago always tried to find faults from what Jesus did though it was done for the good purpose. Jesus drove out the demons with the power of the Holy Spirit and they said it was by the power of Beelzebub he drove out the demons.

 Matthew 12:22-24 – Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him … But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”

Whatever Jesus Christ did, slanderers always had something bad to talk about. As the Bible says, to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing looks pure (Titus 1:15). Heavenly Mother teaches the word of God through church services and various educational meetings but also helps out people who are suffering in the world through WE Love You Foundation. Honestly is anything wrong with it? I don’t think so. As the original article says, please don’t act like a Pharisee!  If you want to read the original article, please click on this link.