God is depicted as a man in biblical texts, and is also known as the Father.
However, one person claims to have evidence to the contrary and believes that God is a woman.
The woman, who gives her name as Rebecca, had an anaphylactic reaction to a prescribed medication.
This caused her heart to stop beating and leaving her without breath.
She technically died for a few moments and in this time claims to have been given supernatural powers and the chance to meet God.
As Rebecca was slipping into the afterlife, she says she could “read the thoughts of the emergency medical technician (EMT) who was with me”.
She said: “He was thinking that I was so young to die.
“I then sensed a presence with me. The presence spoke to me in a kind and soothing female voice.
“I did not see her. She did not speak with words but with thoughts. That is the best way I can describe it.
“When I thought ‘Am I dying’ she spoke with surety and said, ‘No! that would never be asked of your parents’.
“Then it was like she became even more soothing than before. She told me not to fear because there would be nothing wrong with me. She told me this several times.
“Then she told me that they would run tests on me, many tests but not to fear for they would find nothing.”
Rebecca was revived after a few minutes, and just as the soothing voice told her, the medical professionals ran tests and found nothing.
Rebecca is convinced what she saw was not a hallucination.
Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation website, she added: “There is no way she could have known and prepared me for the future not to mention the love, total kindness, complete forgiving and unconditional love.
“I felt that is truly beyond human explanation.
“I am no longer afraid of death. In fact, I embrace it and can’t wait to go home!”
Some researchers state these visions are normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of Heaven, Hell or an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told a recent Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them. They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia says there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
He said thanks to modern technology and science “death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science”.
He added: “They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”