Do you have a picture of God

Image of God # 1 Ban on images: why it is allowed to form an image of God

Every now and then we need to rethink what we are actually thinking.

I want to deal with God in the next few weeks. Right, I've actually been doing that for a long time. Nevertheless, I would like to deal with my image of God anew and invite you to join me on this journey of faith.

With regard to our faith, too, we should always give God the chance to correct us. No one will ever be able to fully fathom God. This means that each of us can and should now and then add components to our image of God or delete some again. If we hold on rigidly to our image of God, we presume a lot.

I would like to write about my and our image of God, but the bible does not state the prohibition of images ?!

The Bible itself describes God through pictures: God as father, God as rock, God as king, God as shield, God as mother, God as source, God as hen, bear, God as light, ...

Although the Bible itself uses a variety of images to describe God, the first commandment God gave through Moses is: "You shall not make any image or likeness of God".

What do you mean with that?

Each of us has an idea of ​​God. This is important. Because how could one believe in him and live a relationship with him if one is not allowed to form an image of God?

With the first commandment, God does not forbid us to think about him. When I write about the image of God, I mean our conscious and above all unconscious ideas about what God is like.

The Hebrew words used in the first commandment are "temuwnah" and "pecel". These words were translated with the image of God and parable and stand for “something shaped / hewn”, something carved out of stone or wood.

A figure

We are not supposed to form a figure to worship as a deity. In Old Testament times, it was common for religions to have images that they worshiped as idols. God did not want to be tied to such an idol.

So not to get a picture of God means not to reduce him to something tangible in order to be able to worship it as an idol. This would create a superstition.

Even if we are no longer in the time of the Old Testament, we still make earthly things our idols, which we worship and which take us captive.

Do you have any idea what such an idol can be with you? And wouldn't you also want to be free from it?

Image of God allowed

The first commandment does not mean that we should not or must not have an image of God. We should have an image of God, otherwise we cannot believe in him.

The images of God mentioned at the beginning describe his being, but they do not fix him to a certain form, as an image would.

I am convinced that it is important to form a picture of God, a mental picture. And that it is important to think about your image of God.

Every now and then we need to rethink what we are actually thinking.


Our image of God influences us

Our image of God influences our faith and our everyday life, even our self-image as the image of God. The image of God that we have is largely unconscious, so that we will give a few thoughts about it in the next few weeks.

Each of us has an image of God.

What would be yours if you spelled it out on the spur of the moment? Do it It will be illuminating for you to articulate it.

Stop! Didn't go any further. Before you have two words in your head about your image of God.

Images of God can be:

"God doesn't exist at all."

"If God existed, I would not want to know anything about him, because then he would be unjust and angry."

"God is love."

"God is a higher intelligence that is quite intangible."

"God is a spoilsport."

"God is unreliable."

"God is quite far away."

This list could go on and on. Probably every person has an individual image of God. At least that would be desirable, because God wants individual relationships.

Where does our idea of ​​God come from?

They are often experiences that we have had. Many unconscious attitudes develop in childhood based on how we were treated. We automatically project a lot onto God, even when we don't actually believe in Him at all.

In doing so, we equate God with characteristics of other people or situations. Unfortunately, the church is often the best negative example here.

When the Church fails

The church is not God. Sadly, the church is often the image that people have made of this God, not infrequently for their own benefit. God knows all of our motives, including those that take place under the “holy guise of the Church”.


In order to think further about our image of God, we have to realize that God is not what other people make of him. You should also question my image of God deeply. It's just my understanding of God, it's not God! But I hope that my journey of faith will give me an ever better sense of the essence of God.

Humble handling of our image of God

In all that we know and do not know about God, we should be humble

stay and don't forget who we are talking about: we are talking about God.

The image of a sparkler pops into my head.

We can sense small sparks of God's nature, but we cannot capture these sparks and form our own image from them. But the more sparks we perceive from this sparkler, the brighter the environment, the easier it is for me to recognize myself. God's sparkler will reveal true miracles to us.

I think the best way to know who God really is is to ask him. And by being courageous to listen to his answers.

We get to know people by spending time with them and listening to them. It is exactly the same with God.

In my next post on the image of God, I will deal with God as a mystery. It is not a riddle, but a mystery and always will be.

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