- Religion and Philosophy
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When you picture the LORD, what image do you see? In scripture, we are told we are created in the likeness of God. Do you believe we look like Him, or do you picture the scene on the mountain of God with Moses hiding his face, looking away from the burning bush.
In Ezekiel’s visions, we have another description;
Ezekiel 1:28 (NIV)
Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.
This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
We now have two descriptions we can visualize, both of these come from the Old Testament, what does the New Testament have to say on the subject? Acts 17:29 tells us He is not in an image made by human design or skills and 2 Corinthians 4:4 states, “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
I perceive the LORD our God to be a being we can not recognize while here on this Earth. Unless He chooses to reveal Himself to us, we will not see Him and even when the LORD did reveal Himself to us, it was only in a form we recognize, as was the case for Moses.
What we most likely will see, will be what the LORD has already created for us to examine and even when examined by scientists, doctors and mathematicians, the best we can describe what we have seen still leaves more guesswork in my opinion.
Science has its dark matter, the supposed building block of the universe, yet no one has seen it and it is invisible. How about the atom, another mystery, supposedly it has been photographed through a microscope, yet I read the image is only a crude reproduction of what was there seconds prior. Poor doctors, they have done wonderful advances in surgeries and some medicines actually work, albeit the side effects, yet we are still developing lifesaving medical techniques as rapidly as we are creating new diagnoses. ADD for example, where was that when I was young? How about math, it is useful and I can even grasp some of its abstract concepts, but I’m more inclined to believe in infinity than absolute zero.
Anyway, enough of that, I may not believe we have a solution for every issue, yet I know people are truly trying to better mankind by finding answers, it’s just sometimes there aren’t any. This is why the searching has endured for so long.
Those who would scoff at the existence of God are just on the opposite side of the fence of those who scowl when they hear Big Bang theory.
What good is anything, if it doesn’t involve helping your fellow man and not just yourself?
The image of God is that of man helping each other, not of hate, nor deceit, it is the image of love. Christ came to Earth to model that image for us in the body of a man, that body was not the image of God, His character was the persona of LORD.
When John talks about the Word becoming flesh, it means that God had to morph Himself into our image in order to be understood, otherwise we may have lived as slaves to sin for quite some time.
Many parables Jesus told and of these more than few describe the LORD as the authority in them. We can ascertain from these mental pictures either a patriarch, the more generally accepted thought, or we might entertain the idea of “our Father” as a matriarch. I being a father must concede sometimes my wife is able to “show the love” more readily than myself.
So does God even have a gender? Does it really matter I mean what do we personally gain in this relationship with God knowing whether or not there is a gender? You might recall my own rants earlier, about my position on science, medicine and mathematics, this speak of gender although interesting if we let it disturb us to the point of argument is not beneficial. God loves us. The reason we live is due to the breath (spirit) He and I use He loosely, breathed into each of us. As I stated earlier, we are almost constantly searching for some answer. That answer, although not accepted by all is the Word. Now, instead of looking for meanings or purposes in my life I am perfectly content to value life for what it is, it is a gift. Whether I am able to ever understand how life was created, or what the image of God is, has little value to someone who is suffering.
Therefore, all I am now I must be in that character of Christ, through His parables, stories and quotation of scripture I have been freed to love my fellow man and discuss our beliefs and opinions later.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Seek God with all you possess and give up your possessions if He asks, that you may gain what you have hoped for; A life full dreams realized.
There is no expectation without hope and without knocking there is no anticipation.