Monday, May 23, 2011

Hidden Treasure: Is God Merely an Exalted Man?

Genesis 5:1-3  ...In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
I've come across some religions that teach that God is merely an exalted man.  They use verses like the ones above to prove their point.  Albert Barenes says,
 The only peculiarity in the life of Adam is the statement that his son was "in his likeness, after his image."  This is no doubt intended to include that depravity which had become the characteristic of fallen man. It is contrasted with the preceding notice that Adam was orignially created in the image of God. If it had been intended merely to indicate that the offspring was of the same species with the parent, the phrase, "after his kind" would have been employed, as in the first chapter. This is one of the mysteries of the race, when the head of it is a moral being, and has fallen.  His moral depravity, affecting the essential difference of his nature, descends to his offspring.
Some of these religions point to verses that describe God in terms of characteristic of man, such as verses that refer to God's back or his arm or his eyes etc., yet they tend to ignore verses that describe God as having wings, and other characteristics of animals.   Clearly these types of descriptions of God are employed for lack of human words to describe a God that is far beyond us and is really indescribeable. 

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