Posted by: Andrew | January 25, 2013

Can God have kids?

I was asked this question by a Muslim lad recently. I wasn’t hugely surprised as I’ve been asked similar questions many times. Essentially the question is how can God have children when he has no wife? It’s a question that stumps some Christians but needn’t be too challenging and highlights a fundamental differnce between the Christian and Muslim views of the nature of God.

At the heart of Christian understanding of the nature of God is that God is one God in trinity. We use the terms Father, Son and Holy Spirit to denote the different persons of the one God. But, and this is the important bit, God has always been in trinity.

The question, how can God have have a son with no wife, implies that at one point God didn’t have a son. Yet as Christians we would want to assert that God has always been Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In Greek and Roman mythology the god’s did indeed have children either with other god’s or with humans. This understanding of god’s as a type of super-human is very common but has no place inChristian theology. God is not just a very big, very powerful person. He is, to use a crude term, a different species. One that exists in trinity and hads always existed i trinity.

The term Son of God does not refer to how Jesus was created but his relationship to God.

The miracle of the incarnation is not that God created a Son with Mary but that he sent his Son through Mary.

So can God have kid? I guess he probably could create them, and we might want to argue that he has. But not through sex but through his word he brings life. But, as I said to the lad who asked the question, ‘Who am I to tell God what he can and can’t do?’

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  1. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent,nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:12-13, NIV 1984)


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