Throughout history, people have had different ideas about God’s image and what he looks like.
Some people see him as:
- A bearded old man sitting on a cloud, playing his harp
- Spirit and not in human form
- His essence is seen in nature
This is what the bible tells us God is like:
God Looks Like a Human
26 Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27
The human race is created in the image of God. Our bodies give us clues as to what God looks like. The bible goes into more detail in different passages and tells us that God has a face, eyes and ears, a mouth and nose, arms hands, feet, and fingers. He isn’t a ghostly character floating around, but looks a bit like us as we were made in his image.
God may have a body like our human bodies, but he isn’t limited in the ways we are limited with our bodies, as you will see below, he is able to do anything and everything.
Jesus gives us the best example of what God is like – have a look at him in the second part of the bible, the New Testament, which starts the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. If you go to Bible Gateway on line you can read them there or download YouVersion bible app and you can read it there.
Here’s an overview of God’s character and what we can expect from him.
All Powerful – Another word used in Christianity to describe this is Omnipotent. It means there is nothing that he cannot do – he is not limited in any way. He has all of the power and resources at his disposal. There is no-one more powerful or greater. He can solve and fix any problem and has unlimited resources.
All Knowing – Another word for this is Omniscient. He knows everything there is to know about everything and everyone. He has greater knowledge than Google and Wikipedia! They can only tell you so much, but God can tell you every detail about everyone’s life, everyone’s thoughts, feelings and desires. He can even tell how many hairs we have on our heads!
1 You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain. Psalm 139:1-6
Always Present: another word for this is Omnipresent. It means that God is present everywhere. He is not limited in the ways that human beings are. But it means he is present everywhere at the same time.
This can actually be the hardest thing for people to believe. We know that as humans we can’t be everywhere at one time, so it’s hard for us to understand that this is possible for God. But it is, which is why he listens to and acts on every prayer that is prayed, he knows every situation that we are facing and all that we are feeling – that’s a huge job as there are so many billions of people in this world, but that is what God is able to do. It means that he goes with us into whatever the situation it is that we are facing. We need never be alone, because God is always there.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,’
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:7-12
Personal. We can know him, talk to him, he can talk to us and we can have a two-way relationship with him. He does not think of himself as too important to mix with us, but he wants us to know him and to journey through life with him. He invites us to speak with him and listens to all that we say. He isn’t aloof but wants us to come close and to know him and allow him to help us and love us.
The Creator. God who created our world and everything in it. He did it by speaking – how amazing is that. When God said “Let there be…” whatever he said, happened. That is how powerful he is!