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What do I mean?
I have heard many people say that the Bible speaks of a god who is an old bearded man who lives in the sky. But that is a total misunderstanding of the anthropomorphisms used in the Bible.
When the Bible speaks of God in human terms that is only as a way for us to understand Him, but it in no way is meant to be taken as an actual description of Him. God told Moses that He is unknowable and not to be seen. There is a story in the Torah when Moses was up on Mt. Sinai where God speaks to Moses "face to face", but even there He tells Moses to avert his eyes since no one can see God and live. So if that is the case, how can we say that God is a strong young man of fury, or a wise old bearded sage? These are only images to explain how we see Him, not images of what He really is.
So if one is going to try to discredit the Bible by saying it posits God as a man in the sky, this person only discredits himself by showing his lack of knowledge. If one wants to discredit the Bible there are ways, but most people who try to discredit it don't know enough to even know how!
Author: Von Cello Eintrag from 18.11.2008
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