Who Has Seen God?
There is a fascinating question that puzzles some Christians. Has anyone ever seen God? The Bible appears to say both yes and no. If the Bible contradicts itself, then it's author could not possibly be God. How could One who is all knowing make an error that someone as lowly as I could discern? Here are the Biblical verses that say that someone has seen God:
Here are the verses that state no one has seen God:
There you have it. The first set of verses clearly say that God was seen. The second set of verses just as clearly say that God cannot be seen. This really is a great mystery for a Christian to ponder. Is there really a mistake in the Bible?
I have heard one explanation that says the people in the first set of verses did not mean they literally saw God. Rather than having directly seen God, these people saw God in a vision, in their dreams, or they really saw an angel. Believing that requires a very liberal Biblical viewpoint. For me to accept that viewpoint, I must accept as fact that although the author specifically said one thing, he means something else. Under those circumstances, the Bible could mean anything. "Right" could be "wrong", "yes" could mean "no". If I follow that belief, the next logical step is to determine who among us is in charge of determining what the Bible really says? This opens a very dangerous door. Peter addressed this type of behavior in one of his books.
I think I am in agreement with Peter when I state that the verses say what they say - nothing less, nothing more. The verses very clearly say that people saw God. Exodus 6:2-3 says God Almighty. This pretty much eliminates the angel theory. Numbers 12:6-8 eliminates the dream/vision theory. But what about the second set of verses?
The second set of verses clearly that no one has seen God. If you have read what I wrote in "Who is God?", this will be a very simple answer. If not, this may sound confusing. Logically speaking, if the Old Testament states that people saw God, the Almighty God, and Jesus said that no one has ever seen the Father (John 6:46), then the Old Testament people saw God Almighty, but not the Father.
Still confused? I believe three separate, but equal persons make up the one God. The three personages of God are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is therefore logically possible for some to see One, but not the Other.