Is God an old man with a beard?

Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by Ben W, May 13, 2003.

  1. Ben W

    Ben W
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2002
    Messages:
    8,868
    Likes Received:
    0
    Have you ever noticed on T.V shows or any type of media that whenever God is portrayed it is as an old man with a beard?

    Does God really look like that or is it simply a man made fallicy?

    Genisis says "Let Us make man in our image" so would it be logival to suggest that God has a form similar to that of one of us?

    Or can God take any form in order to be anything to anyone?

    Interested in your thoughts.
     
  2. Artimaeus

    Artimaeus
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2002
    Messages:
    3,133
    Likes Received:
    0
    Old? No.
    Man? No.
    Beard? No.
    That leaves us with, God is.
    :cool: [​IMG]
     
  3. USN2Pulpit

    USN2Pulpit
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2003
    Messages:
    1,641
    Likes Received:
    0
    Agreed, but I understand the question. I believe this conception comes from how the human perceives "wise and honorable."
     
  4. j_barner2000

    j_barner2000
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2003
    Messages:
    888
    Likes Received:
    0
    problem is.... our finite little pea brains cannot come close to comprehending even a little bit of the awesome wonder of the shadow of our God, let alone even trying to comprehend Himself.
     
  5. Wisdom Seeker

    Wisdom Seeker
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    Messages:
    5,702
    Likes Received:
    0
    People have an inherant need to explain everything...to put everything in neat little packages. Furthermore, people need to express thing visually, so that they can wrap their minds around something/one that is incomprehensable to us as human beings.

    Do I think God actually looks like that? No-one knows what God looks like. Even Moses was only allowed to see his back side as he passed him...and as I remember it...it made Moses glow.

    But I would hesitate to deminish God's awesome imperceiveable undeterminable appearance by thinking he looks like what any man could conceive.

    But then again...I haven't seen him personally...so all I can do is theorize and make conjecture. ;)
     
  6. Major B

    Major B
    Expand Collapse
    <img src=/6069.jpg>

    Joined:
    May 6, 2003
    Messages:
    2,294
    Likes Received:
    0
    1. I have a beard.
    2. I am old (just ask my students--"Dawg, Mr. B, wuz you alive when Kennedy be da president?").
    3. I am most definitely NOT God--first rule of theology, there is a God and it isn't me.

    [ May 13, 2003, 10:25 PM: Message edited by: Major B ]
     
  7. Artimaeus

    Artimaeus
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2002
    Messages:
    3,133
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think this is why God has forbidden us to make any graven images of Him. No matter how awesome an image our imagination can muster it will still be way off from the truth and we would be stuck with an image burned into our minds that would actually be disrepectful to the real essence of our God.
     
  8. Dan Todd

    Dan Todd
    Expand Collapse
    Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2003
    Messages:
    14,452
    Likes Received:
    0
    Most people who believe in a God/god (this includes born again Christians) - tend to try to create God/god in their own image.

    We define God/god by who and what we are.

    We are bound by time and what we see. God - created time and all that we see - and He is not bound by anything - other than His Word.

    When we try to define God - we should lay aside all our preconceived ideas - go to His Word - and see what He tells us about Himself.
     
  9. Jim1999

    Jim1999
    Expand Collapse
    <img src =/Jim1999.jpg>

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Messages:
    15,460
    Likes Received:
    0
    It is amazing how much credibility we lend to artist's conceptions of religious figures. We have little idea about what Jesus looked like and He walked upon this earth. Yet, we often draw our views from those artist's conceptions, drawn in much later times.

    Cheers,

    Jim

    PS, Notice,,I am old and have a full beard, but lay no claims to being God. Lord, help me to be godly. Mind you, He must have been English. Look at the KJ version.
     
  10. Ben W

    Ben W
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2002
    Messages:
    8,868
    Likes Received:
    0
    Cool responses so far.

    It is certainley right that the perceptions of men often feature heavily in the way that we percieve God. It is also interesting to think that God would speak a language like ours even though he is infinite and created every sound that ever existed anyway.

    To make my point. I speak to my pet dog in English and I percieve that my dog understands me. Yet when I hear my friend speaking to his dog in his language of Estonian I automatically cant see how the dog could understand :D
     
  11. I Am Blessed 24

    I Am Blessed 24
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2003
    Messages:
    44,448
    Likes Received:
    0
    Old? Don't have a clue.
    Man? YES! Or we wouldn't be calling Him Father.
    Beard? Don't have a clue.

    God has a infinite mind. I have a finite mind. Some things, we just don't need to know. I hear people saying all the time what they will ask God when they get to Heaven.

    I have an idea that I won't care one whit about these questions once I am confronted with the Glory of God.

    Blessings,
    Sue
     
  12. J.C.

    J.C.
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2003
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    0
    I thought that verse meant that we were in God's image in that we were eternal beings as is God.

    We, unlike all other created things, will exist forever. Those who are born again, in Heaven. Those who are not, in hell.

    I could be WAY off.
     
  13. Deacon

    Deacon
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2002
    Messages:
    6,968
    Likes Received:
    128
    This probably belongs down in the (bad) humor forum.

    God is an Old Man? I'd say no, but...

    Does our God have a big nose?
    You Hebrew scholars, look it up!

    אָרֵךְ - can be translated long (or slow)

    אַף - can be translated nose (or anger)

    Most (read all) translations really read Nahum 1:3 as:
     
  14. Jim1999

    Jim1999
    Expand Collapse
    <img src =/Jim1999.jpg>

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Messages:
    15,460
    Likes Received:
    0
    Deacon..this is where an understanding of old English comes into play, doesn't it? To be long in nose actually means to be patient. We have a number of nose expressions as "getting up one's nose"..to annoy them and so on.

    So, I suppose the Lord could be "long in nose."

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  15. Deacon

    Deacon
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2002
    Messages:
    6,968
    Likes Received:
    128
    Very true, very early Old English, for even the Old English in the 1611 KJV translated it "slow to anger".

    Rob
     

Share This Page

Loading...