What does God look like?

What does God look like?: Many people refuse to believe in anything that they can’t see, hear, or touch, so trying to describe what God looks like is, even for the ardent believer, impossible. No one has ever seen God.

First and foremost, God is spirit. The Bible reveals His nature and character. Having said that, God did send His son Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, to go earth in human form. So to look upon Jesus would have been to look into the face of God.

Few who have ever lived have seen God and lived to tell about it. Even Moses, who knelt before the burning bush, did not see God’s face, only the burning bush. God said to Moses:

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3-14)

We are created in God’s image

The Bible tells us that we are created in God’s image. That suggests that God has human form, but it isn’t that simple. There is one God, in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, gives us a little understanding. He was made human and walked with us, experiencing the human condition, every emotion, the common cold, and every temptation.

Impossible to fully describe God

To describe God in human terms is like trying to measure the universe using a ruler. There are glimpses of His appearance in the Bible. For starters, He is described in many ways. They describe Him as holy and beautiful.

The Bible tells of people who describe God’s appearance as a brilliant light and a consuming fire. His throne is likewise a brilliant light. There is no darkness, only purity and light. The fire describes God’s burning passion. His fiery desire for justice. God’s throne is mentioned, with a rainbow over it, a symbol of his mercy and grace.

We cannot comprehend Him

Perhaps it is just as well we don’t get to see God’s face. The magnificence of God is beyond human comprehension. It is only when we are invited to to His kingdom at the end of time that we will be able to look upon Him. Because, by then, all sin and all evil will have been removed.

As for seeing and then believing, it goes against the main point of the relationship—faith. I have belief in God, through faith. I don’t pretend to know much beyond that fact.

Faith is what need

Had God decided to show Himself in a way that humans could comprehend, where would faith come in? They looked upon Jesus, God with us, but sill did not believe Him. You see the problem.