In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ... Then God said ... and it was so. Genesis 1
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. Psalm 33:6
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. John 1:1-3
That which comes from the mouth of God -- which is the substance and which is the shadow?
Once upon a time, I would have thought it absurd to question something so obvious. Believe me, I understand the comfort and security of fixed words recorded upon fixed pages contained within a solidly fixed book. Yet that fixed-ness keeps shifting under my feet. For the firmness -- which still appears firm to my senses -- continues to demand something more real. Something so real, that is, that the former reality pales in comparison. Perhaps as if it was only a shadow of the truly real.
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
When I was a child I naturally took this at face value, even though it presented much difficulty and confusion in my reasoning processes. Fortunately, I received some proper religious training so that I came to understand that God was invisible, which meant that He didn't really have a mouth -- not like people do, anyhow. Somehow though, the concept of the word that came out of that mouth was unaffected by the invisibility of God. I mean, I was forced to accept an invisible mouth -- otherwise we should be able to see it -- but the idea of invisible words was downright ridiculous because I was able to read those words every time I opened my Bible!
What if our religious perceptions are what they are because they cannot escape the logic upon which they exist? Yeah, let me explain, I know that sounds heavily philosophic. You see, theologians have described concepts such as God's mouth as being anthropomorphic, which means that God is being defined in human terms. Now, I have to admit, it sure made sense to me when I first heard it, and you know, it still does.
But what if we've been forcing a backward compatibility in the attempt to understand God? What I'm asking is this: What if God's mouth, God's word, God's hands, God's eyes, God's ears, etc are the real deal while ours are merely dim reflections? In other words, what if man had been made in the image of God ... and not the other way around? Doh!! Yeah, it might change everything, especially considering what happened to that which came out of the mouth of God!
To be continued ...