Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Chasidic Viewpoint Allows That G-d Could (in Theory) Take on Human Form

Noson Gurary in "The Thirteen Principles of Faith:  A Chasidic Viewpoint" says the following in a footnote:

"13.  It may be pointed out that in terms of God's omnipotence, He could have chosen to have a body of some sort too (not necessarily in the purely physical sense).  However, the Torah testifies to the fact that He did not choose to do this (cf. Exodus 20:4; Deuteronomy 4:16-19)."

I just thought it interesting that the author allowed for the logical possibility even if he believed it was not Scripturally warranted.

I have to say though that those passages merely prohibit Israelites from making idols in the form of man.  This leaves plenty of room, in my humble opinion, for G-d to do precisely what Gurary notes is logically possible in terms of G-d's omnipotence:  to choose to have a body.


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