What does God look like?

Jenni - posted on 07/27/2011 ( 28 moms have responded )

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This isn't really meant to be a serious debate. Just for curiosities' sake. But when you picture your higher power (whatever it may be) what does it/he/she look like? Does it have a form? Is it simply an energy that cannot be seen? Is it tangible?

This comes from my childhood, but as a former Christian, I always picture the Christian God as an old man with an exceptionally long beard. Comparable to Michelangelo's dipiction on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

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Minnie - posted on 07/27/2011

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I don't picture God looking like anything. There are some pretty neat descriptions of God the Father in the Bible and what's interesting is that the person describing only uses the words 'like' or 'as'. I assume because the human person has a hard time describing something that is completely outside our physical universe and frame of reference.



I don't picture God as a man at all- because the Bible describes him having many female qualities as well.



Jesus, I picture as a swarthy middle eastern man. Shorthaired, because that was the Roman style:). Not blonde, long haired and white.

Minnie - posted on 07/27/2011

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And no doubt as a carpenter he was probably quite muscular and worn. Not the feminine style so depicted in pictures.

JuLeah - posted on 07/27/2011

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Yah, I think that whole 'man created in the image of God' thing is more about energy then an actual image.

We are energy, God is energy. We are light, God is light.

All living things are energy and light, some argue that ALL things are energy and light .... I was taught of course that God is a white man sitting with a crown on his head, but that didn't work for me past the age of six.

I had an experiance in nature when I was about 9 that was SOOO powerful - and I got it "Oh, this is God" and God had no image, was beyond all discription, just ... is. But, lacking better words, I like the rainbow idea too

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I see God as an energy rather than a being apart from that I really don't know. Although, I don't think God looks like humans I believe that is wishful thinking on our part - it makes us more important than the other animals which is not so, we are equal to them as we all serve a purpose!

JuLeah that is beautiful I LOVE the innocence of children.

Barbara - posted on 07/27/2011

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My favorite god description is of two lobsters named Esmeralda and Steve that bear the universe in their claws. All hail Esmeralda and Steve!

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Tania - posted on 07/28/2011

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When Ben was in Kindergarden the teacher was talking about God and that God may look different to each person. She told me that while she was helping him get ready to go outside he was looking at her very intently. She asked him why he was staring at her. He replied, " I am trying to see what God looks like."
I personaly have no idea what God looks like.

Jessica - posted on 07/28/2011

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When I started reading this thread, the only song that kept going through my head was " He was a one eye'd, one horned, flying purple people eater..." lol.

Jenni - posted on 07/28/2011

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I like the idea of 'god' as an unconscience energy. The energy the breathes life into all living things. Sorta like in Avatar. lol

To me, it wouldn't have a form, it wouldn't have intelligence. It would just be. Well we have proof it does exist. In molecular energy, kinetic energy, thermal, chemical, electrical, electromagnetic, sound, nuclear. As I'm sure there is an energy that animates us. That we have control over both on physical level and a conscience/sub conscience level.



So in essence we are all god. We are all connected through energy even to non-living materials. This energy creates our reality. Creates alternate demensions and time/space continum.



Yeah, so my beliefs in our creation and how we came to be are based on Quantum Physics not intelligent design. But that is the ultimate question; whether or not what created us is an intelligent/conscience being or not. I think that is the question that divides the religious from the non-religious.

Merry - posted on 07/28/2011

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I agree, god is energy, light, bright.
In the bibky it always describes god with some sort of light association. So that's how I think of him. When I pray I like to look at a light. When I see the sun in the sky I think of god. But I see god in all nature. Especially in sunsets and mountains and big puffy clouds. Oh and in water like the lake. So peaceful.
Then again I guess I see god in most everything. In my animals in my children in my family in my own body! I couldn't imagine life without god.

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when I was growing up I always responded to the question of what God looked like by saying nothing, God is all around us but we cannot see him.

Becky - posted on 07/27/2011

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I don't really have a mental image of God. I call him "Him" because the Bible refers to him as our father and referring to him as "it" is just awkward for me. When I picture Jesus, I picture the Taurag people from northwestern Africa. I don't imagine he looked exactly like them, but more like them than like me!

Merry - posted on 07/27/2011

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I picture god as light. A big light.
Jesus I used to picture as a boy my age (10)ish and I called him J and he was my only friend for a while.
But realistically I know Jesus was dark skinned, had features that weren't appealing to men so issue he was quite normal if not a bit dull looking.
I have a friend who is from India and another who is from Lebanon so when I picture Jesus I think of one of them usually :) and I tend to get offended by the white skin blond hair blue eyes pictures of Jesus. We KNOW that no one born in that area looked like that so whydopeopledepict him that way?
I've even seen pictures of African and Asian jesus's
Thatsjust wrong. He came for all races, but he was not all races!

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Juleah thats so sweet..my sister age 5-6 said God was the sun in the sky.God is everywhere in all of us because he made us.She nearly had her teacher in tears.I just remembered that reading your comment.

Also she used to play shops with God as a kid.It was gas listen to her in the back of the car on Sunday drives."Here's your change God, see you tomorrow"lol.

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He is a she..looks like a pretty princess according to our 2&half year old daughter lol..she always says "oh my lady god"if she gets a fright etc or is all excited lol.She makes us laugh.

Our oldest said "hes a man in a dress and wears sandals".:-)

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If there is a God, "he is in everything" so there is no specific form. It is all energy. He/She/It, can take form of whatever God wants. Energy is everywhere.

JuLeah - posted on 07/27/2011

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My daughter, when she was about 4, said "God is a rainbow"



Her reasoning was sound. God made everything, everything has color, so God must be all colors.



Of all the pictures I have seen, I have not come upon one I like better then hers



Jesus was a Jew. He would have not been clean shaven.

Tara - posted on 07/27/2011

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Sometimes I also think he looks just like one of us,

is a slob like one of us, just a stranger on the bus trying to make his way home.....

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And according to Isaiah 53, he wasn't beautiful like the pictures depict. There would have been no reason for us to be attracted to him.

Krista - posted on 07/27/2011

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Lisa, I'm glad you brought that up. I find it so hilarious that western culture so often depicts Jesus as a Caucasian man with long, sandy hair and blue eyes. They depict Mary as fair-skinned, with fine features. They were Israeli Jews, for pete's sake.

Tara - posted on 07/27/2011

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HA Jennifer, your thoughts have a basis in history...

"Remarkably, the pagan god Sarapis of the fourth century appeared very much like what Christians (from the time of Constantine onwards) began to depict as their “Jesus.” At that time the people began to abandon all of the early depictions of Christ made in the previous hundred years or so (which showed ‘Jesus normally as young, beardless and with hair like ordinary men—not with long flowing feminine type of hair). But now, with Constantine, the people began to want “Jesus” to appear like the pagan gods, so they selected the model of Zeus after the Egyptian rendition of Sarapis (the Egyptian Zeus) to be their new “Jesus.” What they actually did was to change the name of “Zeus” (Sarapis) into “Jesus.” The people kept on worshiping Zeus (Sarapis) but they now called him “Jesus.” Note the picture of Sarapis below."

From
http://www.askelm.com/secrets/sec103.htm

Goes back to the whole Christian take over of Paganism to further their own agenda, hijacking holidays, ceremonies and likenesses of pagan deities or gods or goddesses was a common way to assimilate the masses.

Jenni - posted on 07/27/2011

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That is true Jenn, many dipictions of the Christian god remind me of dipictions of Zeus.

Jenn - posted on 07/27/2011

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Yeah, I never took to the Catholic Jesus' image. That didn't jive with where he came from or the time period. Remember when National Geographic came up with a What Would Jesus Look Like image? OOOH. That caused quite a stir.

It is funny how visual humans are. If we can't see it, we have to create an image we can identify with it. I don't envision God. I just feel Him everywhere, in everything. I guess kinda like air. Not some long bearded man on a giant throne in the sky. That is too reminiscent of Greek gods.

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The Bible says that man was created in the image of God. So maybe He does have a long white beard...who knows? ;)

Katherine - posted on 07/27/2011

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Mine really has no sex. I used to think of "him" as a man with a long beard and long hair. But now I think of him as an entity. Asexual. Reminds me of the movie "Switch."

Tara - posted on 07/27/2011

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Well when I was young I thought God's name was Howard, I got this from the Lords Prayer. The "Hallowed " be thy name" part became "Howard be thy name" I didn't know what the word Hallowed meant and so my little ears heard Howard, so God looked like a guy we knew named Howard.



Now however, to me, there is no god, so I have no visions of what God may look like. My higher power is universal energy, so my "god" looks like air.

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