His greatest tool in revealing Himself to me is the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit working in my heart, I could not understand the things of God, and I would never have come to the understanding of the Holy Spirit being the feminine nature of God. There is no gender in heaven, but each person of the trinity clearly has a different nature and function. By understanding this difference and by accepting that the earthly family is a reflection of this godly relationship, we can better understand the nature of men and women and apply this understanding to our human family and relationships.
Man was created for relationships, and if our relationships are not healthy and fulfilling, life has no real value. Through a clearer understanding of our intrinsic nature, we can better interpret the world around us and find that place of comfort and fulfillment we all desire.
As I came to this understanding of the feminine nature of the Holy Spirit, it seemed so obvious. Scripture and other historical writings support this truth. Has God chosen this particular time to bring back the knowledge of this aspect of His nature to His followers, or have believers deliberately chosen not to put forward a truth that is contradictory to traditional translations? I do not know why He revealed this to me or lead me to write about it, but I do know I have to obey His leading and His purpose for my life. I want the abundant life He promises, and it is not available to me if I am not willing to obey Him.
Most Christians today rely only on the Bible and current Christian writers and teachers for their understanding of God and as their reference for Christian living. The Bible truly is an amazing and even supernatural book. I believe it is the inspired word of God given to us so we can know Him and learn to live a life pleasing to Him. As Hebrews 4:12 says, the word of God is living and active. If you long to find God, He can be found through study and reflection on his word. If you have a problem, the solution is there if you search for it.
The Bible is a book that is just as pertinent for us today as it was when it was first compiled. It was written for all times and for all people. If you study the words of Jesus, you will find He seldom addressed current issues of the time. His teachings were eternal. They addressed who we are, how we are to treat each other, and how we can have an intimate relationship with God. Man has not changed. We have the same needs and weaknesses man had two thousand years ago. We have the same longings for peace and purpose. Jesus addressed not only our basic human nature, but also our spiritual nature. What He had to say is as important for us today as it was for the people of biblical times.
I believe the Bible is the word of God and that the Spirit of God inspired the original writers, but I also believe there have been some mistranslations over time. I believe parts of the Bible were written addressing specific situations and problems of a particular time. God meets us where we are, and this needs to be taken into consideration when studying scripture.
There are many other writings that are valuable for information and clarification of the things of God. The Apocrypha is a group of books written between about 300 BC and the birth of Christ. Most of them were originally written in Greek and were included in the original Septuagint or Greek translation of the Old Testament. They were considered canon by the early church and also included in the first Latin Bible, the Vulgate, edited by Jerome in 400 AD (2, Harrop). The Vulgate became the authorized Bible of Western Europe and England for the next 1000 years. The Puritans of the 1600s were the first to request Bibles without these books. Within the last 200 years, they have been eliminated from Protestant Bibles. They are still found in the Catholic Bible and are also valued and used by Orthodox Christians (3, Goodspeed).
There are other writings by the Apostolic Fathers, the early church leaders, that are very important for understanding church history and the origins of our Christian traditions. I believe they can be used to better understand Judeo and Christian beliefs that have been lost or eliminated for different reasons. There are also many writings that have been determined to be part or all myth.
Some of these writings may have been inspired by God or possibly none of them were. I have not approached them as inspired, but I do believe they can be used to verify and clarify ideas and beliefs found in scripture. They definitely reflect the beliefs of early Christians.
In late 1996, I sent a letter to four radio evangelists that I respected and listened to regularly asking if the Holy Spirit could be feminine. I found the response from their ministries quite interesting. One did not respond at all, one sent a form letter not addressing my question and the third criticized me for concluding that the qualities of God and the relationship within the Godhead can be used to define the relationship between husbands and wives. One of the four agreed that God “contains male and female concepts” and admitted the possibility that the Holy Spirit could be the feminine nature of God.
What is so interesting to me is that this corresponds to the parable of the sower. Only one in four who hears the word of God understands it and continues in it to produce a godly life. The truth is important to God, and through the Spirit of Truth, or the Holy Spirit, He will reveal it.
I have used many sources to substantiate this truth, but I am sure there is much more evidence that can be considered. One of the goals of this book is to initiate a dialogue among Christian leaders and theologians addressing this aspect of God. Jewish theologians should be included since much of the evidence originates in the Old Testament.
This book is not just for Christians and those who follow Jehovah God. It is based on the Bible and other Christians writings, but it reflects truths that are inherent to mankind. The Bible reveals these truths, but they are also recognized by the study of human nature. The understanding of our God being both male and female is life changing and will affect society around us. Every person should have an interest in the truths put forth in this writing.
I believe promoting the masculinity of God and eliminating His feminine nature has done not only women, but also mankind in general, a great disservice. It has negated the important position of women in the home, church and society. The result was the women’s liberation movement which strived to make women the same as men and to give women the same position as men. I believe women have a wonderful, God-given position that is equal to but different from men. I pray one of the things this book accomplishes is giving all women a sense of self-worth and value that Jesus promoted while He was on this earth.
I write this at a time when our world is torn by religious conflict and violence, not only between Christians and Muslims and differing sects of Islam, but also between the religious and non-religious. There is so much hate that spurs this on. The only way these factions can live in peace is by allowing love to influence and soften differences. For this to happen, women have to step into their god-given roles that can influence every situation. I believe the nature of the woman, being the weaker vessel (physically), but the stronger relational love-giver, is the catalyst that can resolve the violence in our families and the world. This is especially pertinent in the Muslim world where the influence of women has been repressed. They need to teach their children about love and peace and the devastating results of hatred and revenge.
…A greater goal of this book is to inspire others to seek God and His true nature. The entire Bible was written and compiled to help us know Jehovah God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It is only through knowing and loving God that we find peace and fulfillment in this life. The more accurate our understanding of who He is, the more mature and productive our relationships with Him can be…
Patricia Taylor, The Holy Spirit: The Feminine Nature of God
Iuniverse Inc (Sep. 24, 2009) [Excerpt, Introduction]
 Clayton Harrop, Holman Bible Dictionary, (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 1991,) p.69.
 Edgar J. Goodspeed, The Apocrypha, (New York, NY: Vintage Books, A Division of Random House, Inc., 1989,) p.v.