Did Man See and Talk With God?

BY Vic Odarve

This is a question that nobody would like to answer. It sounds to be figurative or literal; hence, the probable answer will be figurative or literal explanations. The following conversations give us a glimpse of the nature of God and if a man has really seen and talk to the Lord God.

ABRAHAM TALKING WITH THE LORD GOD FACE TO FACE GEN 18:26-33

After the two angels left in Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham and the Lord God had a lengthy conversation – face to face. Just like a man who asked requests and God responded. It was because Abraham asked several requests to spare the two biblical cities from the doom of destruction. That was, he interceded for the sake of righteous ones living with the wicked population. And that Abraham did not believe that God would kill the good people living in the midst of the wicked population. From fifty good people who could be found he was able to narrow down to only ten. The Lord God closed their conversation as follows;

32 But Abraham insisted, “May my Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found?” And Yahweh answered, “For the sake of ten good people, I will not destroy Sodom.”
33 When Yahweh had finished speaking with Abraham, he left and Abraham went home.

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MOSES TALKING WITH THE LORD GOD FACE TO FACE EXO 33:11-23

Lord spoke to Moses face to face. Sensing that he got a favor from God, Moses had several requests regarding how to lead his people, to know  His name, and to assure of His presence. And finally, when Moses asked that he wanted to see his face, God responded in the following conversations;
20 And again he said: Thou canst not see my face: for man shall not see me and live.
21 And again he said: Behold, there is a place with me, and thou shalt stand upon the rock.
22 And when my glory shall pass, I will sit there in a hole of the rock, and protect thee with my right hand, till I pass:
23 And I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face thou canst not see.

NOBODY HAS SEEING GOD

But there are several verses teaching us that God cannot be seen. Even Moses in his final request to see His face during his conversation with God in the mount was allowed to see only his backs. God told him that “you cannot see my face, for no man can see me and live!’ Exo 33:20. Apostle John and Jesus told  us that no one had seen God at any time nor heard his voice nor seen his face. John 1:18 and John 5:37. 1 Timothy 6:15-16 confirmed that no man can see God because He dwells in an unapproachable light. God is spirit and invisible. John 4:24/Col 1:15. God is neither man nor the son of man. Numbers 23:19

MAN’S QUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF GOD

Jews believe that God is God and humans are humans. They do not believe that God became human. Judaism and Islam share the same belief. But other Christian religions notably The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) teaches that God has physical, resurrected bodies, the image of which humans were created in.

Is it anthropomorphism, a theophany(a divine manifestation)? Anthropomorphism is a literary device employed by a writer to give a clearer picture on his subject presented. This refers to the perception of a divine being or beings in human form. The purpose of which is to describe God in terms more understandable to humans.

Man’s quest for understanding the nature of God varies from one religion to another. As long as we live physically in this world, we try to decipher our environment as what we perceive in through our five senses. In the case of Moses as a sinful human being, he cannot look upon the pure deity of our Creator and live, thus, God mercifully does not provide him an opportunity to see his face.

The bible itself was written by God and as such it contains the mind of God. It is written for mankind. It is through the Bible that God the infinite is communicating with a man the finite; hence, a careful interpretation is truly needed about God and His nature to literal extremes. One word of caution; every verse of the Bible may be interpreted so as not to contradict the other verses.

Unraveling the mystery of God means understanding His nature. This largely depends on you. The key to understanding is by reading the bible. Read often the bible and be humble before Him. In the words of Abraham ‘Who am I Lord? I am only dust and ashes?’

So, did any man see and talk with God? Understanding is yours and is irrevocable. But we don’t have to worry. All of us will see God face to face at the time of judgment.

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