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- Perhaps for a fleeting moment...
February 15, 2011
The dictionary definition of anthropomorphic is "the attribution of human form or behaviour to a deity, animal, etc." The word comes from the Greek language: anthropos "human," and morphe "form." I tend to stay away from large words because my goal isn't to try and impress, it's to impart truth, and the most effective way to do that is through simplicity.
Simply stated, God is Spirit and likened to the wind. He is omnipresent and is nothing like you and me. Yet the Bible uses human words to describe Him. It speaks of His mind, His nostrils, face, hand, ear, eye, etc. Yet God doesn't have a physical hand, eye, or ear. The use of word such as "anthropomorphic" simply helps us to understand that He touches, sees, and He hears. It brings the infinitude of Almighty God (in one sense) down to the very low level of human understanding, even though we can't begin to understand the exceeding greatness of His majesty and power.
How could any Being create the universe and fill it with His presence? How could He create time? The sun? How could He make the mind of man with its independence, its personality, and its amazing ability to perceive, imagine and create? How could He form the eye, with its 137 million light sensitive cells? Or even make a tiny hummingbird?
But when our minds, for a fleeting moment, do grasp what God must be like, something else takes our breath away even further: "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory" (1 Timothy 3:16).
The amazing consequence of such an inconceivable incarnation resulted in our justification, and that came because of the unwarranted imputation of perfect virtue.
- The Atheist Worldview...
February 15, 2011
I have to respectfully disagree. Let me ask you a few questions. What is the ultimate purpose of your existence? I know that you love your family--that's what you do while you are here. But why do you exist? If you cant give me an answer, then you have no purpose to your existence. The second question is, do you love the God who gave you life? Are you thankful to Him for everything you have--your loved ones, your eyes, the ability to think, for food on your plate, for the fact that you can breathe?
As an atheist, you will have to answer that you are not. Of course you don't thank God. You are thankful for life, but not to God because you don't believe He exists. In so doing, you are guilty of the greatest of all sins. The greatest Commandment is to love the Lord your God, with all of your heart, all of your mind, all of your soul, and all of your strength. If that's the greatest Command, then the greatest sin is failure to do so. You are guilty of gross ingratitude; and you are guilty of it because of your atheistic worldview, and I'm sure you know of other atheists who are the same.