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god is like…

Jonathan is so correct in saying that all language about God must be metaphorical.  We must compare God, who we’ve not seen, with things from our experience, which we have seen.

Metaphor is kind of a distant cousin of the via negativa (or negative or ‘apophatic‘ theology), which is concerned with knowing about God by ruling out what God must not be like (God is not that tree… not visible, not finite/limited, not knowable/effable, not temporal, etc., etc.).