I do examine the posts of all the other posters here, attempting to stick to the OP subject. However, due to an extreme lack of free time to do that and post replies I must make the best economy of that time by cutting straight to what I read in the Bible and hear by the Holy Spirit concerning what I read [#800000][i]there[/i][/#800000]. I am almost 99% on my IPhone at work practically 24/7 and the typing speed is at best 15 words a minute due to the tiny keyboard.
[#0060bf]‘No manner of similitude’ means God can’t be seen so an image of God can’t be produced because there is literally nothing exactly like God. [/#0060bf]
[#00bf00]Deut. 4:19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the Lord thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. [/#00bf00]
The whole idea of making any graven image at all is God knew the people would end up worshiping those whether they had accurate likenesses or not. You failed to mention birds, fish, etc were included in the list, so you are making too much of the male/female human connection. Moses could have fashioned a statue representing the body parts (backside) shown to him on Sinai and at other times and along with the 70 elders, would have been accurate, but sin doing so. He could tell it, but not show the image.
[#0060bf]3Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne [i]by me[/i] from the belly, which are carried from [/#0060bf][#0060bf]the womb: 4And [i]even[/i] to [i]your[/i] old age I [i]am[/i] he; and [i]even[/i] to hoar hairs will I carry [i]you[/i]: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will [/#0060bf][#0060bf]deliver [i]you[/i]. [b]Isa. 46:4-4 [/b][i]KJV[/i] [/#0060bf]
Let me remind you of context. The feminist source you quote from using that verse out of context is grossly missing the point. God points out the folly of men fashioning and carrying idols that obviously were powerless to keep them from going into captivity. It is God who offered to carry them from the time of their exit from their mother’s womb until old age, but they chose to carry golden idols. It is extremely poor exegesis to make that verse say God has a womb for bearing humans or breast-feeding like a woman does. Normal men don’t do such things.
Again, [#0060bf][b]Lk. 13:34[/b], Jesus speaks of himself in the feminine role of a mother hen: “How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings!” [/#0060bf][#000000]points [/#000000][#0060bf][#000000]directly to a familiar barnyard scene of the fervor of a hen protecting her chicks. Jesus would have fervently protected the people too if they let Him. The image received upon hearing those words is obviously of a chicken and chicks, not meant to conjure up the image of a woman gathering her children. If Jesus had a feminine side then that was the moment to make it clear. But He used a chicken.
The extreme interpretation that the Bible is basically a collection of metaphors leads one to much doctrinal error. God revealed Himself to man in it. He is not hiding behind metaphors. The truth about God is plainly written for anyone willing to accept God on God’s terms.