God in the Mirror

I’ve been reading (and sometimes participating) in a blog produced by a “Christian.” I put that in quotes because she is not your regular dyed-in-the-wool, hellfire and damnation believer. While she tends to follow along with most mainline Christian beliefs (resurrection and salvation by Jesus), there are several indications she can think for herself, which it seems many (most?) believers fail to do. On more than one occasion, she has expressed her disagreement with the standard fare offered by the church.

Nevertheless, having said that, the undercurrent that tends to run through the minds of most believers is still there, i.e, God is a good guy. Maybe not always nice, but deep down, a genuinely decent bloke. Any “bad things” he does are really just for our own good.

In one of her recent postings (Can God Feel Regret? Genesis 6:6), she makes this statement:

God knew before he made the world that Adam’s line would become corrupt and that he would have to destroy them because of how corrupt they would become.

She goes on to say:

He felt regret and was grieved … he does not just sit outside of time unmoved …

Now I will give this blogger credit because she adds:

Many theologians have asserted that God, because he is infallible, cannot feel emotions such as regret or sorrow. They say that places in the Bible like Genesis 6:6 are examples of anthropomorphism. (emphasis mine)

I think those theologians are spot-on!

Think about it. Even in the very beginning, the writers of the Good Book gave God human traits (God saw that it was good, God rested, God spoke, God cursed, etc.).

But this is not surprising. How else could the ancients describe this One who is claimed to be omnipotent (having unlimited power), omnipresent (present everywhere at once), and omniscient (all-knowing)? Such attributes describe a being that is far beyond human experience. Thus, in order to make this God acceptable to human understanding, “He” must become like us!

That’s why it’s easy for this blogger (and others) to say that God knew this or that was going to happen so “He” took this or that action. This is totally human reasoning. Action A brought on Action B … or C … or whatever. But for this blogger, this is all because “God built cause and effect into the world.”

Have you ever considered why Christians position their God on a throne (literally and figuratively)? It seems obvious to me this elevates “Him” to a level above everyday human goings-on. Thus, when “He” does things that are distasteful to human nature, “He” can be excused due to “His” sovereign position. It’s never because it’s something that we, in reality, might do ourselves under similar circumstances (but that we would not want to admit).

When push comes to shove, there can be little doubt that God is US. While many may prefer to think “He”mirror-with-ornate-frame is an ethereal being that exists for our spiritual benefit, in the real world, the only “God” that exists is the one we create in our minds.  And the way we treat each other has remarkable similarities to the way God treats individuals in the bible …

We get angry. We kill. We love. We show compassion. We forgive. We hate. We even die for each other.

And yes … we “feel regret and are grieved.”

Believers may try to explain all this away by saying humans were created in God’s image. But since no one has seen God or can realistically produce evidence that “He” exists, it seems much more likely, at least to me, that God is the image we see in the mirror.

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11 thoughts on “God in the Mirror

  1. This blogger sounds fascinating. 😉

    Good post. What do you make of the religious ideas where God is just a force or possesses no human like characteristics? Why did we invent those?

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    • Hi TT! I kinda’ hoped you might find this. 😉

      The God I was writing about is the God of the Bible … the God that the average, run-of-the-mill Christian believes in. I’m not immediately aware of the religious groups you speak of. Can you elaborate?

      BTW, thanks for stopping by AND leaving a comment.

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        • Pantheism, which I personally endorse, does not support belief in a God or a Force. From their website:

          Scientific or natural pantheism … deeply reveres the universe and nature and joyfully accepts and embraces life, the body and earth, but does not believe in any supernatural deities, entities or powers.

          There are some in Pantheism who take it a step further by calling the cosmos “divine.” I do not subscribe to this.

          You might want to visit this posting and scroll down the comments to one I wrote on December 9, 2013. This pretty much explains my “spirituality.”

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        • It sounds like I could be a Christian and a pantheist if all that I have to do to be a pantheist is accept and embrace life, the body and earth and revere the universe and nature. I do all of those things. Can I be a Christian and a pantheist?

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        • I suppose you could … except that as their creed states, they do not believe in any “supernatural deities, entities or powers.” Wouldn’t that exclude God and Jesus?

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  2. Couldn’t agree with you more. Every time I look in my mirror, especially when I’m neeked, I see Chris Hemsworth/Thor looking back at me. How this happens, I do not know, but, since I’m not Chris Hemsworth, nor Thor, I must assume I just happen to be that damn good looking. 🙂

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  3. The said blogger does at least try.
    Gods are us, we make them since only our imagination is required to make them. Those who imagined a single god- The Jews, Zoroaster- are to me less imaginative and have left their gods with several problems. The god must answer for the good and bad. Where there is competition among gods like among the Greek pantheon, there is more imagination

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  4. “Where there is competition among gods like among the Greek pantheon, there is more imagination” Which is why I love Marvel Comics so much. They’re a helluva a lot more fun than reading the friggin’ bible, AND, they’ve got a much more decent morality to them, too. 🙂

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  5. Great thinkers in science and philosophy have wrestled with this issue forever. Plato, for example, said that ,”Beyond all finite experiences and secondary causes, all laws, ideas and principles, there is an Intelligence or Mind….” and Einstein said that, “Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe – a spirit vastly superior to that of man….” Perhaps my favorite though is from physicist Philip Wheeler who said, “The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.”

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