Anthropomorphism

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According to merriam-webster.com, anthropomorphism or being anthropomorphic is being “described or thought of as having a human form or human attributes”. Other sources online would also refer to it as personification or would simply define it as being like man. I would personally define it as making something humanlike; with emphasis on the word something. Anthropomorphism applies in scenarios that range from a talking yellow sponge working as a fry cook to Greek gods and goddess being portrayed as having humanlike appearances and emotions. Anthropomorphism has always been applicable when studying theology. To simply put it, it is like viewing God as human in order to learn about Him and understand Him which is perfectly fine for…show more content…
However; when talking about God as if He is like man, I also believe that it is important not to violate the “You shall not take the name of God in vain” commandment. To put it in perspective, I think the second commandment of God is also the reason why people would argue that it is misleading to anthropomorphically speak of God. In my opinion, the underlying reason is not violating the second commandment and respect for the name of God. In short, the people that reject the idea of speaking of God like He is a man are just trying not to disrespect His name. I just think that strictly speaking about God as if He were man does not necessarily disrespect Him or His name. To conclude, I do believe that speaking as if God is like man is perfectly acceptable because Jesus Christ Himself became human. However; it should also always be noted that if we do speak about God like man, we should give the utmost respect. Finally; since anthropomorphism as an idea also includes imaging God as human, how would the people against this idea picture Him? I mean if they don’t picture God as an elderly man with long white hair and a long white beard with big hands to create stuff, how would they? Would they just picture Him as a shining light amongst the heavens or a burning bush? I think that would be weird since my faith tells me that all humans are created in the image and likeness of God. No offense. References:
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