There have been numerous depictions and descriptions of what the Creator would look like. Here are some of the more popular theories of The Almighty One.
An Old Man.
The most popular iteration of what God looks like is that he appears as a wise old man. This version was based on what was said in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation, it says, “His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow,” among other things.
A Normal Man.
In Genesis, it is stated that God appeared to Abraham as “a man.” In Ezekiel a similar situation was presented. “And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.”
God as He Appeared to Moses.
When Moses was on Mt. Sinai, he asked God to reveal himself. God obliged, but only showed his back because “You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” No description was given of how God looked, but, “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.”
Morgan Freeman is known for playing God in a few movies, and he is convinced that God looks just like him. I’m sure a lot of people would agree. The reasoning for Freeman’s belief that God looks like him is that first, humans are created by God, and are thus a reflection of him. Second, God is whatever people want him to be and what they interpret him as, and we are the makers of our own God.
In some interpretations of God, He is seen only as a hand coming down from the clouds. Whether coming down to aid humans or to answer our questions, the powerful image of a giant God-like hand is one that was depicted numerous times in literature, television, and cartoons.
A Pillar of Fire.
In the books of Numbers, Exodus, and Deuteronomy, God appears to humans as a pillar of fire. “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.”
The most literal interpretation of what God looks like is when He came to us as a human in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ. The Gospel of John states, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
People in Cape Coral, Florida, where this cloud was first seen, likened the cloud’s vertical shape to the image of God. It also has an outline that makes it look like a man in a robe.
A Glowing Figure on a Throne.
The Ezekiel passage I previously mentioned goes into a more detailed description of God and what He may look like. “Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.”
The Bible states numerous times that humans are incapable of seeing God or even comprehending The Almighty One. “As sinful human beings, we are incapable of seeing God in all his glory,” states the Bible, “His appearance is utterly unimaginable and too glorious to be safely perceived by sinful man.”
It is always interesting to think about the existence of God, and it is definitely the cause of many lively debates. However, this debate will rage on for quite a while, and it will be hard to convince people otherwise. We may never know the true face of God.