Is God a man or like a man?
“Is God a man or like a man?” is a question that many have asked. Some say that He is an immortal version of man. They claim that the Bible reveals God is a man. They point to Bible verses that would appear to reveal that God has a head, ears, hands, face and feet. Then they claim that God is a man. A woman once struggled with the verse that says Jesus sat down at the high hand of God (Mark 16:19; Luke 22:69; Acts 2:33; 5:31; 7:55; Romans 8:34; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 10:12; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22). Here is one of those verses,
But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” Luke 22:69 (NASB)
This verse reveals that sitting at the right hand is actually a statement referring to Christ having power. In Christ’s time someone sitting next to a king had a position of power. That is the purpose of the phrase “right hand of God.” It is a statement of power and not that God has a right hand.
Does God Have Human Parts?
It is important to realize that descriptions of God as having feet, hips and appearing as a man should not be taken literally but anthropomorphically. That is, God is not actually any of these. Scripture frequently
Is God An Inanimate Thing or an Animal?
Therefore, what does God look like? Is He all of these things? Is He a moth-field-fire-shadow-rock-lion thing? Does God fly like a moth? Is God a rock with hands, feet and ears? Is God a water fountain with wings and fingers? Is God a lion and a lamb? What is God?
God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
The testimony of scripture is that God is not like us. For example, in Psalms 51:21 God Himself declares,
You thought that I was just like you . . . Psalms 50:21 (NASB)
The truth is that scripture uses a variety of terms to help us understand the character of God.
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