Question of the Day for Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Who Has Seen God?
Q. There seem to be contradictions in Scripture as to whether anyone can, or has, seen God:
John 1:18: “No one has ever seen God.”
Exodus 33:11: “The Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as one man speaks to another.”
Exodus 33:20: “But my face you cannot see, for no man sees me and still lives.”
Exodus 33:23: “Then I will remove my hand, so that you may see my back; but my face is not to be seen.”
Also, Jesus said anyone who “has seen me has seen the Father” (Jn 14:9)? Yet many hundreds (or thousands) have seen Christ!
Also, God seems to be face to face with Adam and Eve. Although if Adam and Eve actually existed as a single man and a single women God may have used Jesus’ body since God is timeless.
L.L., Geneseo, Ill.
A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D:
We must take Our Lord’s words (no one has ever seen God) and the Exodus assurance (no one can see God in this life and still live) as the final word on this subject. To say God and Moses spoke face to face is surely a metaphor to denote intimacy between Moses and God. Or consider Jesus’ statement that he who has seen me has seen the Father. He is telling us He (Jesus) perfectly reveals all that the Father is, not that He literally reveals God to our sight.
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