Imagining God

Would it be OK for you, if a friend made a fictitious movie about you, where he would depict you as a certain character acting in a specific way and with that, telling the world that is who you really are?

Not a disaster, right? So long he does a good job portraying you on the big screen.

Let’s say, you even gave that friend of yours a document with a sufficient amount of facts about you, but instead he used his “artistic freedom” to show you from a slightly different light… he would change your gender in the movie or let your character say things you never said or worst, your friend makes you look like a complete fool in the movie.

People love to imagine how God would say this or do that. Imagination has a lot to do with the condition of our hearts and minds. Someone with issues with his father or a woman who was raped or people who have lost a loved one are all susceptible to forming in their heads a god who serves their purpose.

To start imagining how God would act or say something is a really dangerous first step into deception and ultimately, insanity. Once our minds and hearts get started building up its own reality, it gets harder to discern truth from the lies. Which makes our thoughts and imaginations, unfortunately not trustworthy sources at all (Jer. 17:9).

It’s really also impossible to imagine God, simply because He is God – existing before the beginning of time, knowing every single detail up to the very hairs of each human beings head and having the power to create something from nothing. As if an ant was trying to understand a supercomputer.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
(Isaiah 55:8 NASB)

His way is to flood the entire earth and drown all life but a few.
His thought in all that was that He once regretted making us (Gen. 6:6-7).

His way is to put His Son on a cross to be tortured and killed for a bunch of criminal lunatics.
His thought on this moment in time was pure pleasure (Isa. 53:10).

After understanding all of this (and there is much more in the Bible about who God really is), how in the world can we ever fathom that our finite minds could create on its own an identical image of an infinite being?

Anytime anyone starts to say, “I think God would do this” or “I believe God would say that” we are actually doing Him a disservice, when I’m sure all we want to do is honor Him as much as we can.

Ask yourself this: Why would you even want to put such a responsibility upon yourself, if the smallest imperfection on representing our perfect God would do Him no justice at all? Instead, by creating a misrepresentation – regardless how tiny it may be – we would in effect be creating a new god.

The thing is, we already have everything we need to see a clear picture of God… the Bible, our times in prayer with Him, loving and serving others. It’s just that we’re too lazy (and sometimes too scared) to use the tools God gave us to see Him as He is.

Just as you can only see who a person really is by spending time with them, it’s crucial we get our idea of who God really is from the Source itself and not from others’ storytelling.

For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].
(1 Corinthians 13:12 AMP)

 

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