Saturday, May 7, 2011
The God Face 1
The God FaceVery Few human beings enjoy interacting with God, face to face. We prefer hiding in the clefts of rocks, conducting long distance correspondence or using intermediaries. Is God speaking literally and truly when he says that no person can look upon the face of God and live? Why? What is it that makes the face of God so toxic to human beings? Is that statement still true when Jesus Christ walks the earth and the curtain of the temple is torn in two from top to bottom? Volumes can be written trying to answer these questions, but a more useful question is whether we, individually and communally, desire a more direct and less obscured relationship with God. If we are indeed people and communities that seek the face of God, we must begin not only to clear away the obstructing infrastructure that keeps God at arm’s length, but also our ingrained habit of constantly erecting barriers between ourselves and God.