Curiosity is sparked in us as we rapidly try to discover the purpose of the unknown. As people, we are so curious and so prone to trying to simplify the complicated. When we stumble upon a new thing, our first ideas are how to describe it and to then compare it to something that we already know about. Since the beginning of time, we as humans have tried to understand something, or rather someone, who has been constantly in talks and debates, stories and beliefs, and countless encounters and experiences of people both individually and collectively in entire communities; God.
For centuries we have tried to simplify and break down who or what God is, and we also try to explain Him in a way that makes more sense. So far, the most we have ever learned about God is from God. But we still try to understand Him more. We try to break down the way that He has described himself. To put it into simpler terms, we often describe God as being like other things. Our society has shown us portraying God like a character we have seen or read about; relating him to be a different object or thing, or even just portraying God as a female or male. But is it okay for us to portray God? Should we try to relate Him to things. Well as simple as a yes or no question that this may seem, it does actually prove to be a little harder to answer. This is especially true since everyone has either drastically or slightly different beliefs on this topic. Well, there are examples throughout history and the Bible, but mainly about using the Lord’s name. As in Exodus 20:7, we see in the commandments that God says to not use his name in vain. Throughout the Old Testament, we see that we should not use God’s name for wrong. The Jewish people even came to a point where they would no longer write God’s name because of how sacred and holy just His name alone was; let alone God himself.
But as for portraying God, or relating him to other things, the best example I believe would be the parables. Jesus often told stories that taught the people about God the Father; and He often taught those stories by relating God to different characters throughout His stories to explain about heaven, life situations and God the Father. But the main thing to keep in mind here is that Jesus told these stories and lessons in a way that portrayed the true God. His speaking never went against biblical truths or God’s true character. So what does this mean for us? Should we talk about God or portray Him in certain ways at all? Well, if you’re portraying God as something that would be against His character or what we are taught about Him through the Bible, then you should not portray Him at all. Quite like when someone talks about you, you always hope that what they say is not a lie or exaggeration about you. So if one is to speak about God, then it should be out of respect toward Him and His character. We should always refer back to the Bible to know if we’re portraying Him correctly, or if we are wondering about something we think He is telling us. We should know that God will and has been the same forever.
“God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob--has sent me to you.' "This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.” Exodus 3:15 As we see, God’s name does not change and so we should never assume that He is changing. So what we say or depict of God should be done out of respect. God is holy and God is love; and He should be respected as such. To those who hold different beliefs or do not believe at all, I would ask only just for respect; if not for God, then for those of us who wish to keep God’s name holy.
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