In a vain attempt to steer the readers of this blog away from a strange preoccupation with Mormon artwork I thought I would bring up a question that arose in my mind while discussing whether Jesus was or could have been married.
Mormons believe, “officially” that “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.” Making Jesus a man, now and forever.
Based on my minimal understanding, I don’t think Evangelicals think that God has any gender.
The gender of Jesus has been an important issue for those christian sects who, like mormons, do not ordain women and maintain an patriarchial structure.
The Mormon belief in eternal gender does have quite a few theological implications, including, some would say, our belief in a Heavenly Mother. Do Evangelicals make anything of the Gender of Christ? If there is no necessary reason for Jesus to be a man, or priests to be men, Is there any discussion about why Jesus was a man or is just considered an accident?
(My wife might say that he had to be a man in order to “descend below all” something that would not be possible for a woman, but those wouldn’t be my words 🙂 )