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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2018, 05:37:20 PM »
This is news?  The ancient Greek poet, Xeonphanes, once wrote:

The Ethiopians say that their gods are flat-nosed and black,
While the Thracians say that theirs have blue eyes and red hair.
Yet if cattle or horses or lions had hands and could draw,
And could sculpt like men, then the horses would draw their gods
Like horses, and cattle like cattle; and each they would shape
Bodies of gods in the likeness, each kind, of their own.


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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2018, 06:01:42 PM »
I guess what I meant is that I didn't think people had ideas that God the Father would look like them.  Unless we're talking about the Son?  I don't think they properly differentiated here by asking from the trinitarian viewpoint.  You get what I mean?

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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 06:12:58 PM »
Nevermind, they're talking about about God the Father, which we don't really have an image of, unless you accept the popular depiction, which I don't really.  So that was weird to me.

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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2018, 06:32:24 PM »
I guess what I meant is that I didn't think people had ideas that God the Father would look like them.  Unless we're talking about the Son?  I don't think they properly differentiated here by asking from the trinitarian viewpoint.  You get what I mean?

I think a lot of people subconsciously assume that the Father separate from Jesus is an old man in a robe with a beard (and the race of that body is whatever their own race happens to be). It doesn't mean that they'd argue that He has a body if you pressed them on it or that they'd hold to it as a dogmatic heresy. But it's a frequent mental picture, if you get what I mean.
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2018, 09:05:46 PM »
I guess what I meant is that I didn't think people had ideas that God the Father would look like them.  Unless we're talking about the Son?  I don't think they properly differentiated here by asking from the trinitarian viewpoint.  You get what I mean?

I think a lot of people subconsciously assume that the Father separate from Jesus is an old man in a robe with a beard (and the race of that body is whatever their own race happens to be). It doesn't mean that they'd argue that He has a body if you pressed them on it or that they'd hold to it as a dogmatic heresy. But it's a frequent mental picture, if you get what I mean.
Given the large amount of Western art depicting the undepictable Father as exactly an old white guy, it is not surprising. Sadly it eventually made its way back into Orthodox iconography (including my own parish  :P ), but that could be a whole other thread.
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 09:49:52 PM »
What do you think the Father looks like ~ if you could look ``` I can't see Him ~ The Father as a person ~ it's like ~ He's all around a distance away ~ but I can't get a look ```
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2018, 11:30:55 PM »
Who knows how God looks like,  God a all consuming fire, we are strictly forbidden of making deceptions of God in our Icons, and Art.

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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2018, 12:13:22 AM »
I imagine God being just a ball of light. Anyone else?
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2018, 12:39:16 AM »
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2018, 12:41:49 AM »
I imagine God being just a ball of light. Anyone else?
I sometimes look in the mirror and see a god. 8)

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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2018, 02:25:34 AM »
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2018, 07:15:55 AM »
It’s Hard to Be a God.

Do you think it deserves its 6.7 on IMDB? I've never seen it.


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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2018, 09:12:44 PM »
The Lord is King, He is robed in majesty.

He does not look like a chubby Puerto Rican man.
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2018, 09:52:42 PM »
When I was a little child, I imagined God as somehow looking like Phil Collins. I'm not kidding. No idea why, maybe it was because I was always listening to his CD and perhaps there was some illustration in some Bible that looked like him.
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2018, 09:54:17 PM »
He does not look like a chubby Puerto Rican man.
These pasteles are a terrible temptation, eh?
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2018, 09:55:12 PM »
When I was a little child, I imagined God as somehow looking like Phil Collins. I'm not kidding. No idea why, maybe it was because I was always listening to his CD and perhaps there was some illustration in some Bible that looked like him.

I need that Bible.
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2018, 12:49:17 AM »
When I was a little child, I imagined God as somehow looking like Phil Collins. I'm not kidding. No idea why, maybe it was because I was always listening to his CD and perhaps there was some illustration in some Bible that looked like him.

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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2018, 09:25:47 PM »
When I was a little child, I imagined God as somehow looking like Phil Collins. I'm not kidding. No idea why, maybe it was because I was always listening to his CD and perhaps there was some illustration in some Bible that looked like him.
As a child, I imagined God being some kind of floating torso wearing a purple sweater.  I have no idea where I got that.

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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2018, 09:44:22 PM »
When I was a little child, I imagined God as somehow looking like Phil Collins. I'm not kidding. No idea why, maybe it was because I was always listening to his CD and perhaps there was some illustration in some Bible that looked like him.
As a child, I imagined God being some kind of floating torso wearing a purple sweater.  I have no idea where I got that.
Was it a zipup? Because now I'm imagining God looking like a decapitated, purple sweater wearing Mr. Rodgers.
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2018, 09:42:45 AM »
Why Americans Why... 
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2018, 11:55:41 AM »
I guess what I meant is that I didn't think people had ideas that God the Father would look like them.  Unless we're talking about the Son?  I don't think they properly differentiated here by asking from the trinitarian viewpoint.  You get what I mean?

I think a lot of people subconsciously assume that the Father separate from Jesus is an old man in a robe with a beard (and the race of that body is whatever their own race happens to be). It doesn't mean that they'd argue that He has a body if you pressed them on it or that they'd hold to it as a dogmatic heresy. But it's a frequent mental picture, if you get what I mean.

Thats because of hollywood. Years of movies & tv shows have shown God that way, so its ingrained into the psyche of us Americans.

Its the same with the blonde blue eyed nordic looking jesus.

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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2018, 01:03:57 PM »
When I was a little child, I imagined God as somehow looking like Phil Collins. I'm not kidding. No idea why, maybe it was because I was always listening to his CD and perhaps there was some illustration in some Bible that looked like him.
As a child, I imagined God being some kind of floating torso wearing a purple sweater.  I have no idea where I got that.
Was it a zipup? Because now I'm imagining God looking like a decapitated, purple sweater wearing Mr. Rodgers.

No, something like this, minus the neck part: https://media.karousell.com/media/photos/products/2018/03/06/wilfred_free_dark_purple_sweater_1520301663_c96615e2.jpg.  I guess I saw this and ran with it in my mind: https://s3.amazonaws.com/thisistoday-webassets/siteMedia/Blog/2015/What-Is-Lent/lent_cross.jpg.

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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #25 on: June 16, 2018, 06:09:51 PM »
Why Americans Why...

It'd be interesting to see the Slavic responses to a poll like this.
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Why Americans Why...

It'd be interesting to see the Slavic responses to a poll like this.

this is how Jesus really looked like:



1. tanned
2.with a beard
3. fluent in manliness
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Re: US Christians Think God Looks a Lot Like Them
« Reply #27 on: June 16, 2018, 07:40:04 PM »
Why Americans Why...

It'd be interesting to see the Slavic responses to a poll like this.

this is how Jesus really looked like:



1. tanned
2.with a beard
3. fluent in manliness

Pretty much.
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