Your god and My God
I get into debates. Too often perhaps.
They're good discussions, generally. But often there is the tension that who you think God is, is sometimes very different from me, even if we call him the same name. It often seems that the god other people are supposedly serving is a porcelain figurine that is merely pleasing to the eye.
My God, unfortunately, is not so compliant. In fact, I find him downright scary if I really think about it. Meaning of course that I don't think as much about him as I should!
God must be bizarre to our perspective ... by definition he must be really incomprehensible. If not, well I suggest than he's not really worthy of the title "God." The ancients conveniently gave their gods useful names like Zeus which differentiated one from another. Today we make Hollywood movies about these gods.
However, the modern equivalent seems to be much harder to discern. The gods of today are rather like the Smiths of England, the Christensens of Denmark, or the Johanssons in Sweden. The name is the same, and found everywhere, but the behind the name is something very different.
And so in the churches of the world people seem to worship a range of gods under the common name of Jesus.
So who is my God? What is his nature? Well, I sat down and wrote down what I understand about my God, and here's my list. With each I've included some of the conundrums and contemplations that come to mind. I'm writing from experience, from what the Bible tells me, and not from other people's opinions. This is what I've learned and experienced! Each of these characteristics are those of a person, not an object. Each attribute deserves a book in and of themselves ... but one has to start somewhere.
So how's your god doing?
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