What is an anthropomorphic god

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As God is described in the Bible, in a sense he is actually an anthropomorphic God, a "more human-shaped“And thus also a living God, no unmoved higher power at all. Even on the first pages of the Bible it becomes clear: He is a God who speaks and commands (creation); a god who has special plans (creation of man); a God who changes his mind - after the animals are not an adequate partner for Adam, God creates women (Genesis 2:20 ff); a God who holds people accountable, who imposes burdens on them and who cares for them at the same time (fall). He is a God who, in the face of human wickedness, regrets having created the world; he lets a divine judgment come over them and at the same time saves humans and animals into a new beginning (Flood, Noah). He is a God who calls individual people and takes them on a special path, later a whole people (Abraham / Israel). He is a God who asks, yes, to deal with himself (Abraham's intercession for Sodom, Genesis 18: 22ff, Hezekiah's recovery, 2 Kings 20: 1ff) and lets himself be changed through sincere penance and repentance (Jonah). Etc.

Above all: He is a God who is constantly involved in his saving will and saving action for humanity and the world increases and in the end goes to extremes. At the new beginning with Noah, God gives a guarantee of continuity for the course of the world, although nothing has changed about the fact that “the poetry and striving of the human heart (is) evil from youth on” (Genesis 6.5 and 8.21f). On the one hand, he has to threaten his chosen people Israel and bring them up to justice. On the other hand, he has the prophets announce a comprehensive dispensation for his people (and the whole world) as his final counsel.

God is above all and quite literal a human-shaped godwhen he finally in Jesus Assumes “the form of a servant”, “is recognized as a person like man and in appearance” (Phil 2: 7). It is the final and unsurpassable increase in his will and action to save: "So God loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son ..." (Jn 3:16). He went to extremes in his love for the world.

The change mentioned in Jak 1,17 does not exist with the God of the Bible: “… with him no change is nor change of light and darkness". It is unthinkable that the “Father of Light” could become a power of darkness.