Anthropomorphism

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According to merriam-webster.com, anthropomorphism or being anthropomorphic is being “described or thought of as having a human form or human attributes”. Other sources online would also refer to it as personification or would simply define it as being like man. I would personally define it as making something humanlike; with emphasis on the word something. Anthropomorphism applies in scenarios that range from a talking yellow sponge working as a fry cook to Greek gods and goddess being portrayed as having humanlike appearances and emotions.
Anthropomorphism has always been applicable when studying theology. To simply put it, it is like viewing God as human in order to learn about Him and understand Him which is perfectly fine for some. However; there is a big debate that since God is a transcendent being, it would be misleading to describe Him like a human. So which side do I take?
Quite frankly, I will say that I accept the notion that man can speak of God as if God is like man. With that, I have one reason and one reason only of thinking this way which is . . . Jesus, the son of God, became human. Having a Catholic background and coming from a Catholic school, my faith leads me to believe that Jesus is fully divine and fully human at the same time. In my opinion, Jesus becoming human is God’s way of saying that He wants us to understand Him more. To be fair, others might argue that Jesus is not God but the Son of God; but I respond with my faith that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is the Holy Trinity.
I remember two things that priests in my high school would always say: “God loves you” and “God is perfect”. “God loves you” talks about God having human emotions and “God is perfect” refers to Him as a transcendent being. I truly believe that Jesus’ humanity and divinity which coexists just fine make it alright to talk about God…...

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