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Why can’t we see G-d?

December 11, 2008

When my son was little and he asked this question, I said that maybe God was invisible because God lives inside people. I meant the idea of the in-dwelling God. I meant that our spirits/souls are where God lives. But my son was appalled. He was only four and he looked down at his belly and his arms and legs, and exclaimed, “Where is God? Is God in my stomach?” Now, eight years later, I have learned that the idea that God does not have a body does not really happen until the 4th century BCE and the idea actually comes from the Greeks, not the Jews. The characters in my book, therefore, all believe that God can be seen. Hagar even says that God is the one she has witnessed and that God is the one who has seen her. So, the God of the Israelites was not incorporeal and, furthermore, incorporeality is not an essential aspect of the Bible’s understanding of the divine.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2009 6:40 pm

    A simple building needs only three dimensions to define it’s shape. Length, width, height.

    But try viewing the entire surface of the building from one position. One must assemble the image from several perspectives.

    My first class in grade eight geography described the challenge of accurately tracing the surface of the earth, a sphere, in two dimensions to make a map.

    Mathematicians add “dimensions” or parameters to describe the properties of an object – temperature, motion, colour etc..

    Water in only one form is described as “snow”, yet there are many types. They say the Inuit have twenty-seven different names for “snow” in its various forms.

    How many names would it take to describe its Creator?

  2. July 27, 2009 8:52 pm

    Thank you so much for writing. It’s always good to hear from other halves

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