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Continuation from my yesterday’s (or was it day-before’s) “thread” . . . .
This quotation (and source) would not be of any influence to a Creationist.
"Every man who occupies himself with the construction of a god, or merely even agrees to it, prostitutes himself in the worst way, for he occupies himself not with activity, but with self-contemplation and self-reflection, and tries thereby to defy his most unclean, most stupid, and most servile features and pettinesses." Lenin
However, the following just might be!!!
" . . . . . became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man." Romans: 25 (or so)
The Bible has a bit more to say about NOT PICTURING (NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE) GOD.
God is invisible
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
Job 23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God be honour and glory for ever and ever Amen.
6:15,16 . . . the King of Kings, and lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting, Amen.
Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Job 23:8,9 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him. On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.
Portraying God, “humanizing” God, results in such as the following when
even absolute atrocity for the sick satisfaction of man is “projected” as God’s
will, God’s action, at least God-approval.
1) So Elisha “went from there unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two of the children of them.” 2 Kings 2:24
2) “And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle. And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.” Numbers 31.
Considering the above, so much else in the Bible is either blatant contradiction or actual blasphemy. And this would include the ultra-
Creationist-evangelical assertion that . . anywhere that God is mentioned in the Bible it’s actually reference to Jesus . . . . “In the beginning Jesus Christ created the heavens and the earth . . . . . . “ God invisible . . . .but Jesus not only visible but "incarnate being" . . .????
I’ll have more to say on this over the weekend. I'll be most interested in others' comments.