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He is the image of the invisible God. (Colossians 1:15)

God is required to be invisible. It’s a rule that God most likely made up himself. There are a lot of reasons why being invisible is a good idea. You don’t need to worry about how you look, for one thing. This is a major plus if you’re on duty 24/7. Even if you have a day off every week, the last thing you want to worry about is doing laundry or getting a haircut. Another reason why being invisible is a good thing is that it doesn’t ruin the book. Let’s say you read Lord of the Rings, then you go see the movie. Bang. Now you’re stuck with Elijah Wood as Frodo in your mind. Imagination is always better for books (like the Bible) than the real thing. Being invisible helps God keep book sales up.

A huge advantage to being invisible is that it puts the burden of proof that God actually exists smack dab on humans. You have to believe that God exists exactly because you can’t see him. The Bible calls this faith, which is believing in something that isn’t there. Some people might call this circular reasoning; I think it’s a nice arrangement. Besides, I believe in a lot of things that aren’t there.

But then along comes Jesus and we have a major problem. The Bible says that “he is the image of the invisible God.” How in the world can there be an image of something invisible? If it has an image it is decidedly not invisible; and the very definition of invisible is that it doesn’t have an image. The writer of Hebrews twists the screws in tighter: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.” Again, if God’s being is invisible how can there be any representation of it at all—let alone an exact one? Sheesh.

From this you can conclude that sometimes the Bible makes no logical sense at all. This can be an issue for people who need to have a logical religion, like scientists, atheists, or PC users. But any religion worth its salt isn’t going to be even close to logical. The theory is that anything you can understand can’t be God. So if you don’t understand it, it must be a God thing. If you accept this idea you will have a better quality religion that can stand up against the facts.

My religion is basically fact-proof. There are a couple of leaks here and there, but, for the most part, I believe in both circular reasoning and the logically impossible. In fact, it’s made me what I am today.


3 Responses

  1. Hello neighbor! All humor aside (and I do appreciate the humor) it seems like there might be some strange Platonic thing going on here. It trips us out but I often wonder what it would have done to the minds of the immediate audience- maybe it tripped them out more than us. The authors are stating that Jesus is not an imperfect copy of the eternal form of God like other particulars (which is what I would expect a 1st century Hellenized writer to say) but the exact representation and image of the invisible God. Not a mere copy of the eternal and unchangeable form.. but the universal form manifested as a particular on earth.

  2. If that universal form can be imaged, there is no problem with a particular manifestation of it. But if that universal is, by nature and necessity, always invisible (1 Timothy 6:16) then we’ve got ourselves a linguistic and logical problemo.

  3. Right. That is the exact reason why it would cause alarm in their minds don’t you think? It’s the same reason it should alarm us. It’s impossible (linguistically and logically). It would be similar to an exact representation of the Pythagorean Theorem (if I may borrow from Meno). You can’t see A² + B² = C² because it is invisible. It would be impossible to be the image of it or its exact representation. We see examples of the P.Theorem everywhere around us . . . but the exact representation? I’m agreeing with you here. It’s impossible. That makes it all the more fun to believe it.

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