Friday, November 14, 2008

Images of God

When I was a child, like many, I had an image of God as an old wise man, with a beard. I imagined him peeking through the clouds now and then to see how we were all doing, and I often tried to catch him at it.

I imagined him living in heaven, sitting on a beautiful throne surrounded by angels.

My picture of Jesus was just as pretty. I pictured him as a beautiful, friendly man with long brown hair a neatly trimmed beard, and dressed in a white gown with a piece of rope around his middle.

Now I sometimes wonder: are these images childish? Are they a sign of being young and religiously immature?

At thirtynine I don't really know anymore what God and Jesus look like. They've become more abstract to me. But I remember my childhood images vividly and I still think they are beautiful.

So now I'm wondering: what does God look like, and does it even matter? What if there was a book of mugshots of God, which one would I identify as God?

And should one even try to capture God in a picture?
Or is God too big to be represented as an image?


""rare*jonRez"" said...

hi there!

you have a lot of meaningful wanders in your mind and heart. to be in search of what the Scripture says is what I can say best to you. i have several websites i am going to recommend you to visit if you have a chance.

browsing them, you can find some answers to your questions and i hope and pray God will fill the longings in your heart.

btw, i love the second pic! i know the man behind that painting. :)

kind regards,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. It seems that we are on similar journeys in regards to our faith. I would highly recommend a book by Philip Yancey titled "Reaching for the Invisible God". I read this book twice and completely enjoyed it. It challenged me to think about questions like yours more deeply. I wrote a post titled "Solitude" about the book where I give a link to a preview of the book on and an extended excerpt. Yancey starts the book off in part with this question "How, then, can we have a personal relationship with a God who is invisible, when we’re never quite sure he’s there?"

peace & grace,

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LeeAnn said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Wow, I love this entry. My image of God had definitely changed through the years. I love hearing my son tell me what he thinkgs God looks like. Sometimes he says a man and other times he says a big light!


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