Does God have a body?...Yes or No?

Jodi - posted on 06/10/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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This was actually a real question on a Religious Education exam at a Catholic Girls School for Year 7 students. A friend of mine has a Year 7 daughter, and she was telling me about this.

Her daughter, an A student, whose ambition is actually to be the first female Pope (don't go there) answered YES. We all looked at my friend and debated this. Um, no, God is a spirit......

But no, her daughter debated, God made Man in His image, so therefore, He must have a body, right? After all, the exam was actually based on the book of Genesis, which is what they were studying at the time.

Her mum told her she would probably get the answer wrong. The daughter promptly explained that if she did, she would be debating that particular issue with the teacher, and she even pulled the full quote from her Bible ready to present to her teacher.

So......what do you think of this debate? Even if you don't believe in God, I am just interested in the various viewpoints on this, because this 12 year old girl has a VERY good point, and should be commended for thinking outside the box on theological issues.

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Sal - posted on 06/11/2011

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no he doens;t havea body, i have however seen men with uthe body of a god......
bgood on her for having an opinion, and sanding by it....but no, i don;t think he has a body, mind you the body i imagine myself to have is vastly different to the one i have so if god made us in his image it could be anything he fancied,

Becky - posted on 06/10/2011

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No, I don't think He does. There is also a verse in the Bible that says, "God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth." I don't know the reference but I can find it if anyone actually cares.
My opinion is that when Genesis says that God created man in his image, it is referring to our ability to think, to reason, to feel, and to discern right from wrong - the things that set us apart from other animals.
However, if I were her teacher, I'd probably give her this one if she made a good argument, because the fact is, none of us actually knows. The Bible doesn't describe God as having a body, although it does use body terms, like his hands, his eyes, etc. But it does talk about his glory in tangible, visible terms. It was described as being so bright and so great that if one saw it, they would die. So I guess he has kind of an aura.

Lacye - posted on 06/10/2011

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First off, warn your friend that she is going to have some hellish arguments with this one when she hits 16! LOL J/K

As for the question, I don't know. I'm kinda blown away about this one. If you look in the Bible, it does say that God created man in his image but it doesn't say his corporeal image. God could have a body, but not a solid body. Like a ghost in some ways but much more powerful.

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God the Father? I don't think so. God the Son? Yes... Jesus. ;) It's the whole Trinity thing (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) which I believe, but can NOT wrap my head around. Of course, if I COULD wrap my head around it.... I'd be God... and I certainly don't want THAT job.

Michele - posted on 06/10/2011

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I believe that God exists in another dimension (NOT the twilight zone :). Mathematics/physics have discussed higher dimensions that exist (e.g. up through the 10 or so in string theory). However, just like a 2 dimensional object cannot perceive a 3 dimensional object, we cannot perceive a higher dimension. So even if God has a body, it cannot be perceived by humans. Also, the same way that 3 D objects can cast a 2D shadow, we could perceive God's shadow theoretically.

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OK, so now I've got that song "What if G-d was one of us? Just a slob like one of us?" in my head. (It's in your head now too!) And I am picturing some sloppy guy in a ripped, dirty white robe. That's the body.

OK, so to answer....no- I do not think there is a body, but rather than an intangible aura or feeling.

Mrs. - posted on 06/10/2011

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Yes, it is a tiny, little, round cracker....his son took after him that way.

Charlie - posted on 06/10/2011

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I think that if you are to believe in the bible and god then her answer would seem logical and would be backed by the bible .

I am strictly talking from the religious view point , most people would know what I would say :P

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