It always make me laugh, Michelangelo's wondrous painting of God creating Adam in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. It's a beautiful rendering of the biblical story of God infusing life into the 'first man.' It's enough to take your breath away.
And yet I cannot help but notice, as others have before me, that the figure representing God ... has a belly button. I find it hard to imagine that others in the Vatican, that seat of religiosity, did not notice that one small apostasy of their faith. There's simply no getting out of it: If God has a belly button, then He was born of some mother ... there was some being before the God who is beginningless.
I imagine that this observation has been made and papered over among Vatican scholars, but how can anyone escape the flat-footed truth: That which has a belly button relies on something or someone else. This is just true ... but I can't imagine that it is a truth whose implications sit well among Christians.
And there it is, staring devout Christians right in the face.
In some of the pictures Google coughs up when asked for "God, Adam, Sistine Chapel," Adam's genitalia are air-brushed out. But I can't find a single image that air-brushes God's belly-button out.