Thursday, November 03, 2005

Does God really look like you?

“Everybody needs a God who looks like them.”
- Sue Monk Kidd, 'The Secret Life of Bees' (Penguin, 2002)

You don't need a dissertation on the anthromorphism of deities in modern religions. (You don't even need such a high falutin sentence to tell you that.)

The purpose of today's quote is to show that we all need to know that our God respects and appreciates us. Our God may not always give what we want or do what we want or understand, but at least we want God to recognize us and embrace us as part of his universe.

Michaelangelo Buonaroti depicted God as a powerful looking old man on the ceiling of the Cistine Chapel, in St. Peter's, Rome, because he knew we needed something that we could understand, a grandfather type who would give life to Adam and comfort to us.

God could not possibly look like us humans, as that would not make sense. But it helps for us to think of God as having human qualities because that explains a great deal about how and why we are the way we are.

If you want to see God, look into your mirror. You won't see the face of God, but you will see the results of more miracles than you could imagine.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help each person make sense of why we are on this Earth.
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