This is a profound question! If/when you speak about ‘knowing’ someone, what does that truly mean?
Their character? What makes them tick? As human, we are modeled after something. Take a look around. There are other ‘living’ creatures with characteristic qualities. As humans we exhibit qualities: https://humanorigins.si.edu/human-characteristics from where are these qu? There is such a wide gap between other creatures and Man. I have looked at genetics and I am impressed by the actual differences that exist between species. The chimpanzee and bonobo are humans’ closest living relatives. These three species look alike in many ways, both in body and behavior. But for a clear understanding of how closely they are related, scientists compare their DNA, an essential molecule that’s the instruction manual for building each species.
Despite the “instruction manual”, there is a difference! We are made in The Image of The Creator. This is profound. To explore this concept, do we think/know/feel that The Creator has a ‘hand’ with 5 fingers? God is a spirit (John 4:24), and so His appearance is not like anything we can describe. Exodus 33:20 tells us, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” As sinful human beings, we are incapable of seeing God in all His glory. His appearance is utterly unimaginable and too glorious to be safely perceived by sinful man.
The Bible describes God appearing to people on various occasions. These instances should not be understood as describing exactly what God looks like, but rather as God revealing Himself to us in a way that we can understand. What God looks like is beyond our capability of understanding and describing. God gives glimpses of what He looks like to teach us truths about Himself, not necessarily so that we can have an image of Him in our minds. Two passages that powerfully describe God’s amazing appearance are Ezekiel 1:26-28 and Revelation 1:14-16.
Ezekiel 1:26-28 declares, “Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.” Revelation 1:14-16 proclaims, “His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.”
These passages represent Ezekiel’s and John’s best attempts at describing the appearance of God. They had to use symbolic language to describe that for which human language has no words; i.e., “what appeared like,” “like the appearance,” “he looked like,” etc. We do know that when we are in heaven, “we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). Sin will be no more, and we will be able to perceive God in all His glory.
So, a very long time ago (grab your seat f8r this is not a 20 sec share/article!) Something Somewhere existed (we are not going “religious”) in the unseen (we are blessed with the ability to see, hear, feel, taste, move… all characteristics of ‘life.’) Abiogenesis or the origin of life is the ‘natural’ process by which life has arisen from non-living matter, such as simple organic compounds. So, key question here is “What is superior/greater than ‘nature’?” This brings us simply and quickly to supernatural.
Just what is supernatural? If and when we contemplate natural we look around and understand it to be and mean: Existing in or formed by nature. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/natural
But what is nature? The phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.
So, we once again hem ourselves into a corner “the physical world.” What is beyond? We have shared about the infinitesimal tiny part the planet Earth is in the Universe. Ever been to a beach?
17 Bible Verses: what God says about you
- I say (or have said) I am unlovable, but God says I am forever loved.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
2. I say (or have said) I am scarred but God says I am healed.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
3. I say I am weak, but God says He makes me strong.
“God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect” (Psalm 18:32).
4. I recognize I am a sinner, but God says I am forgiven.
“I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus” (1 John 2:12).
5. I was abandoned, but God says I am adopted.
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:5).
6. I say I am broken, but God says He makes me whole.
“So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority” (Colossians 2:10).
7. I have been rejected, but God says I am His!
“Do not fear. I have redeemed you. I have summoned you. You are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).
8. I say I am alone, but God says He is always with me.
“…Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
9. I say I am hopeless, but God says because of Him, I am hopeful.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare, and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
10. I say I am purposeless, but God says I was created with purpose.
“Perhaps this is the moment for which you’ve been created” (Esther 4:14).
11. I say I have failed, but God says I am victorious in Christ.
“But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
12. I say I am lost, but God says He gives me direction.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:21).
13. I say I am worried, anxious, or afraid, but God says with Him I am peace-filled.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
14. I say I am unhappy, but God says I am joyful/joy-filled.
“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (John 15:11)
15. I say I am afraid, but God says I am powerful, loved, and have a sound mind.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
16. I say I am nothing special, but God says I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14).
17. I say I am worthless, but God says Jesus died because I am worth it.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
So, in the Universe the human is smaller than nothing. Yet, The Creator sent His Word to exist as Man here on Earth. Hallelujah!!!
Genesis 1:27: “So God created Man in his Own Image, in the Image of God He created him; Male and feMale God created them.”
God in no way can be compared to Man. In God’s Image we are Created. What does this mean? This scriptural passage does not mean that God is in human form, but rather, that humans are in the image of God in their moral, spiritual, and intellectual nature.
Ever seen a toy/model car? A doll? A miniature caricature? Do they run as well as the original? At times, do they ‘run’?
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5
The one who does not l/Love does not know God, for God is Love. 1 John 4:8
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is Love, and the one who abides in Love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 John 4:16
Then Gideon built an altar there to The Lord and named it The Lord is Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. Judges 6:24