A Skeleton Of Truth - Interpretation Of God's Traditional Image?

Ancient History: The traditional elements and stories surrounding God and religion were written a long time ago. They are now in fact ancient history. At that time, mans' understanding was perhaps rather childlike and would have presented a challenge as to how to explain things that were beyond our ability to understand in a way that someone with a childlike understanding could perhaps relate to. Of course, our understanding has come a long way since then, especially over the last 200 years. We are now able to observe some of the mechanics behind creation and that which drives the engine of life at the heart of our existence. Now is perhaps a good time to apply science and technology to bring our understanding of traditional religious stories and bible elements up to date.

It's Like This: We often use the expression it's like this or like that, when trying to explain something. It's sometimes helps to liken a concept to something else to help convey its meaning and some understanding. Many of the traditional pictures that have evolved from the ancient religions are not disimilar in principle to exactly this. For example the bible and other religious books contain many analogies or parallel principles in their writings. Such stories and religious elements are not always meant to be taken quite so literally, but have to be interpreted in a certain way for a viable meaning to be conveyed. Of course this also means that such elements can be open to misinterpretation if not interpreted as perhaps originally intended, that is if taken too literally.

Is That Really God? The traditional picture of God that many of us grow up with or imagine as children is that of a very old, wise and loving man with long white hair and a long white beard up in the sky. However, as adults, many people disbelieve in God as a result of not being able to identify with this image. However, this childlike interpretation is not perhaps a literal representation. Perhaps we have to look at the picture in a different light to interpret the true meaning of what the architect was trying to convey and, depending on how you look at it, this picture, or representation of God can be both inaccurate and perhaps accurate at the same time. To imagine God as a single physical human being, a bit like the Wizard Of Oz, would be the wrong interpretation and no doubt as phoney. In this way, the picture is misleading and appears to lie. However, by applying parallel principles, and observing possible analogies, there is a viable truth there within. So how perhaps should we interpret this picture?

Link Of Identity: It is quite clear from the traditional picture that God is very old, however, the long white hair and beard, perhaps try to show that he is extremely old, perhaps even timeless. The wrinkles on the man's face, whilst adding to this, also try to convey perhaps that God has lived and experienced a very long life, which has led to a vast knowledge of experience, great wisdom and understanding, much feeling and compassion. A life which has perhaps not been easy. We are given to understand that God is powerful, and perhaps vastly bigger and more powerful than we can imagine. Therefore God is sometimes depicted as sittng on a throne, as a King perhaps would do. As for being up in the sky, well we know we are confined to Earth, however, spirit, or conscious energy, or other life mechanisms may not be and may well have the freedom to move around in the heavens, as fish in our oceans. For life to survive in the heavens, it must be able to withstand cosmic radiation and extremes of temperature. It also has to be able to migrate through space. However, our technological understanding of what is achievable and how, has only just begun. We will undoubtedly uncover much more as time goes on!

Little Chip, Big Chip: In the traditional picture, God is depicted in human form, however, this can simply show that there is a real link of identity between us. The words 'made in his image' in one sense could imply that God looks like we do. However, the word image doesn't have to refer to a physical image. There is another way of looking at this that makes much more sense. Created in his image can refer to his pyschological or emotional image and can refer to the fact that we have freewill, just like God. In the same way that computers little and large can use the same operating systems or principles, we are built on the same emotional framework and have the same ability to exercise freewill. God may be a vast conscious entity and we may be very tiny compared to God, but there is nothing to say we are not all little chips off of a much bigger and older block. Or, to bring things a little more up to date, we are all little chips, part of a much bigger and older machine.

The Sum Of Smaller Parts: Every bigger and more powerful machine is made of smaller individual parts. Every super computer is made up of smaller inidvidual chips or integrated circuits. The integrated circuits that make up bigger machines are themselves made of millions and billions of tiny components, electronic switches and interconnected pathways. Transistors, cells, neurons, are some of the ones we currently know about and relate to. There's probably a lot more out there that we don't know about. Other life forms in our universe may also be absolutely massive compared to that which we are. We can say for sure that from our planet to our solar system to our galaxy and on, our universe is certainly a very big machine. The questions are, is it conscious, does it have a personality, and can we talk to it!

* Parallel Principles are principles that remain the same when applied to both micro and macro. That is, the same principle can be observed in action even though the magnitude of the concept or event may vary substantially.