Well, after his most recent post entitled "G-d can do anything, can't he?", I've decided to re-open a line of communication with Gene. I will paste the entire conversation here (doing this so that Gene won't delete or modify my comments). If he responds during the day, I will try to respond this evening.
COMMENT 1 (Peter):
I think I understand where you're coming from. You would apparently agree with Chasidic rabbi Noson Gurary:
“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),” The Thirteen Principles of Faith: A Chasidic Viewpoint.
And he cites to the above passages as evidence that G-d would refrain from taking a body. Those passages prohibit making an idol in the form of...well, just about anything:
"You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below."
Of course, when one points out that G-d has taken the form of things which are in earth and heaven (e.g. a cloud, a fire, etc), it should be evident that G-d does not consider taking on such forms as idolatry.
My point is this: if He can appear as a cloud or a fire, why not also a body? What's the difference?
I'll check back with you later today. I'm looking forward to understanding your position.
COMMENT 2 (Gene):
“To the Israelites the glory of HaShem looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.” (from Exodus 24:13-18)