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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.

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One Response

  1. Who we are is not who we appear to be; that’s why God is both invisible and Jesus is the exact representation of his Being. The same way we were “made in his image,” and the way that I’m really 27.

    Appearances can be deceiving (see snakes in gardens), and so God shows who he is by her expressed nature.

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