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In the Dake Study Bible, the commentator’s (Finis Dake) teachings on the nature of God eerily parallelled that of Mormonism. Consider how many scriptures must be wrested in attempting to “prove” this teaching.

"He is a person with a personal spirit body, a personal soul, and a personal spirit, like that of angels, and like that of man except His body is of spirit substance instead of flesh and bones (Job:13:8; Hebrews:1:3). He has a personal spirit body (Daniel:7:9-14; Daniel:10:5-19); shape (John:5:37); form (Phil:2:5-7); image and likeness of a man (Genesis:1:26; Genesis:9:6; Ezekiel:1:26-28; 1 Cor:11:7; James:3:9). He has physical parts such as, back parts (Exodus:33:23), heart (Genesis:6:6; Genesis:8:21), hands and fingers (Psalm:8:3-6; Hebrews:1:10; Rev:5:1-7), mouth (Numbers:12:8), lips and tongue (Isaiah:30:27), feet (Ezekiel:1:27; Exodus:24:10), eyes (Psalm:11:4; Psalm:18:24; Psalm:33:18), ears (Psalm:18:6), hair, head, face, arms (Daniel:7:9-14; Daniel:10:5-19; Rev:5:1-7; Rev:22:4-6), loins (Ezekiel:1:26-28; Ezekiel:8:1-4), and other physical parts. He has bodily presence (Genesis:3:8; Genesis:18:1-22) and goes from place to place in a body like all other persons (Genesis:3:8; Genesis:11:5; Genesis:18:1-5,22,33; Genesis:19:24; Genesis:32:24-32; Genesis:35:13; Zech:14:5; Daniel:7:9-14; Titus:2:13). He has a voice (Psalm 29; Rev:10:3-4); breath (Genesis:2:7); and countenance (Psalm:11:7). He wears clothes (Daniel:7:9-14; Daniel:10:5-19); eats (Genesis:18:1-8; Exodus:24:11); rests (Genesis:2:1-4; Hebrews:4:4); dwells in a mansion and in a city located on a material planet called Heaven (John:14:1-3; Hebrews:11:10-16; Hebrews:13:14; Rev. 21); sits on a throne (Isaiah 6; Daniel:7:9-14; Rev:4:1-5; Rev:22:3-6); walks (Genesis:3:8; Genesis:18:1-8,22,33); rides (Psalm:18:10; Psalm:68:17; Psalm:104:3; Ezekiel 1); and engages in other activities (Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible, Finis Jennings Dake, published by Dake Bible Sales, Inc, Lawrenceville, Georgia, New Testament, pp. 96-97.)

Dake was apparently unable to discern that the Lord uses figurative language in order to convey truths about Himself in an understandable way.  Using Dake’s reasoning throughout the Scriptures, one could also state that the Lord has a sharp, two-edged sword in His mouth (Revelation:1:16); is a door--presumably with hinges (John:10:9);  and most interesting of all, has feathers and wings (Psalm:91:4).

Anyone who who has ever seen a hen gather her chicks under her wings can understand the protective care and protection the Lord gives to us, hence the language used in Psalm 91.

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