It is an act of loving kindness that God doesn't allow Himself to be seen with our literal eyes
How could we even stand to be in the ultimate brilliance and presence of God literally? God created the Sun in the heavens above, yet we cannot even indirectly view without eye protection, the glare of the Sun, without causing significant damage to our eyes. The Sun would be like a firefly in His Han Our body could not endure for a second the intense power, the brilliance and unimaginable energy that comes from God. We would probably disintegrate or evaporate instantly, that's why it's a loving kindness and great love on God's part not to literally allow Himself to been seen, Exodus 33:20
Might make a good hub, but where is the question ;-) ?
I think I get your point and do not agree. Something that is easy for a man to do, must be quite easy for God.
If I attend and preach I may act differently and possibly wear an alb. If I were a firefighter I may where their clothing, but not at home for dinner. I would not wear a morning suit to a wedding. If you approached me in a dark alley I would not appear to you as I do to an infant.
And then you have that wonderful example and explanation and exhortation from our buddy Paul. He could try and did be many things to many people by adopting their likeness and tradition.
Many say that God appears to them in small children or miraculous acts of Love. All kinds of visions. For sure some people see God in seas and sunsets or a baptism.
And is it not really an appearance by God in the angels set as messengers.
Many of us believe in the general notion that God is three in one. Certainly different variations, but the concept that a God could be all three at once.
And then that concept of when we do something for the least of these - we are doing it to God.
Let me give testimony. I believe I have seen God. I am just still too blind to recognize God but I certainly am sure when I see that it is not God.
The key point of this thread is that we puny humans could not stand to see God literally. There is no doubt that we can get to know God by His creations and by the fruitage of God's spirit displayed by humans toward others.
So your thought is that God is like 40 billion times bigger than a Super Nova. I think we agree God is not a whiskered old man in white on a throne. But just what do you think God is? I like the verse "God is Love".
Wonderful question Snap ! It brings to mind this scripture
Ex 33:20 But he added: “You cannot see my face, for no man can see me and live.”
Because he created us and knows we are made of dust.
Ps 103:14 For he well knows how we are formed, Remembering that we are dust.
He is so protective of us in love as a, Father that he does conceal his powerful glory from our eyes.
But his personality is not concealed , we know he is a Father of love and mercy .
I agree K&T. God's endearing qualities, His awe-inspiring, majestic power, love, and personality are manifest in all His creations. He gives us enough physical evidence (animate and inanimate, visible and invisible-microscopic) to know about Him and to love Him (Romans 1:20).
Good rationale. But why do God-men come? What do they tell us? What are our goal?
"How could we even stand to be in the ultimate brilliance and presence of God literally?"
Your paragraph is illumining and fulfilling, as is the question above. We have to prepare ourselves and spiritual practices are the answer: Love, service, prayer, meditation, motivational or inspiring reading and a few more. The electrician can touch thousands of volts which will kill us but not him, because he is wearing the right gear.
Preparing for the Kingdom of Heaven is crucial. Indeed, without it, there is no Peace and this is what many keep coming into this world to tell us. We are not short of these people. Seek and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened unto you. Higher thought.
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