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In Genesis, God walks on the garden of Eden. Israelites saw a sapphire throne below God's feet. Ezekiel saw a throne and someone sitting on it. So is John in revelation. In Mamre, Abraham saw 3 guys, and Christians believe one of them is God. Does God have a form as seen by John the Apostle?

I saw some atheist sites, that interpret the Bible based on what it actually says, even think that Abraham must have seen 3 gods, El Shaddai, Yahweh, and maybe Elyon, coming to Abraham.

In any case, several times in the bible, God is described as having form. People just can't see it because they die if they do.

Yet we all believe that God has no form. Where in the Bible does it say, "God has no form"?

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It seems to me that you are automatically taking a sola scriptura approach. Some Christians do not take a sola scriptura approach in biblical interpretation; they rely on their well-informed, educated priests to interpret the scriptures for them. It would be helpful, if you could cite those "atheist" sites. Those atheists you mention are implicitly taking a sola scriptura approach to the Bible. –  Anonymous Apr 20 at 23:13
Based on this meta post: "Biblical basis" vs "what the Bible says about a subject" this question is primarily opinion based. –  fredsbend Nov 23 at 18:33
Yet we all believe... We don't all believe anything. –  Flimzy 2 days ago

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This is a great question. 1 John 4:12, John 1:18, & 1 Timothy 6:16 all cross reference each other and all say that God (the Father in this case; I'll get to this later) has not been seen, and cannot be seen. It doesn't directly say formless, but we interpret it that way as something that can't be seen would logically lack form.

Now, you raised some good points about God walking in Eden, the Israelites seeing someone seated on a throne, etc., but that diverges from your question of God being formless into a discussion on the Trinity. The member/person of the Godhead (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit) that is referenced in the verses I referred to is God the Father, and He has never been, nor will ever be, seen. Again, a discussion on the Trinity is a whole new question for another time, and really should be a separate question, but I hope this is simple enough to reference for your question.

Awesome question by the way, IMHO.

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Thanks David, that gives me a better idea of the format around here, I appreciate it. –  Brad Bouchard Apr 21 at 15:56
I'd also just like to add that my three verses were the reference points here, but thanks. –  Brad Bouchard Apr 21 at 17:05
1 Timothy 6:16 "...dwelling in unapproachable light..." Hence why we can't see him, not because he's the formless blob god of the philosophers. –  david brainerd Apr 22 at 5:55

"Where in the Bible does it say that God doesn't have forms?" It doesn't, of course. This comes from Greek philosophy.

It is excused by the pretense that John 4:24 "God is a Spirit..." means that God is a formless blob. But in reality, such an argument fails miserably, due to Matthew 14:26 "And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear."

From there we see that a spirit may have form. Obviously when the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water they did not see a formless blob, but the form of a man walking on the water. Yet the said "It is a spirit," showing that the phrase "God is a Spirit" is not a proof that God is formless.

The Bible clearly says that Jesus sits at the Father's right hand (Mark 16:19, Acts 7:56 where Stephen describes it as something he actually saw, and many other passages), and Jesus is intended to be understood as still corporeal, having been bodily raised from the dead (thus, implying an actual seat). This implies that the Father has human form, despite being non-material and a spirit, and it is almost atheistic to buy into the vain philosophy (Colossians 2:8) that says God is formless. People need to quit covering for this antichristian philosophy with a misuse of John 4:24. There is an insistence on scandalizing people with this "God has no form" and pushing it for no other reason than to harm people's faith and create agnosticism, and its sickening.

To the argument in another answer which says that passages which say God has not been seen (1 John 4:12, John 1:18) and one which says he cannot be seen (1 Timothy 6:16) imply formlessness, I would answer with the actual text of 1 Timothy 6:16

Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

Its not formlessness that's being spoken of, but that the light in which he dwells is so bright we wouldn't be able to see in it.

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There is not any doubt that God have infinite forms. We can read it in Bible, Kortan, Tortah or vedas. All declare that God have no material form like us but do have infinite spiritual forms, unlimited as He wishes. First chapter Bible "God created man as hiw own image" So many references, still why most say God have no form? Its just another kind of atheism to say that God being oniscinet can not have any form.

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Is this a Christian answer? What kinds of Christians believe that you can find out the truth of the nature of God in the vedas? –  curiousdannii 2 days ago
Yes, those who follow God is Cristian, a sincere Cristian knows that wether they are in Islamic religion, jewesh or Vaishnavism, if he follow God´s instructions, he is to be respected, a non sectarian and non fanatic Cristians will never criticize any bona fide religion in the name of 'faith in Christ'. So every real Crhistian believe that in all scriptures there is something to learn. The better question would be: "What kind of Christian believe that the truth is only in Bible?" Thank you. –  baladev b. 2 days ago

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