Coming To Grips With God

It took a long time for me
to see God in a different light.

A while back I came to a startling realization: I haven’t always liked God that much.

For decades, I thought of God as a mean, scary guy – make that Guy – scowling all the time. After all, I’ve been taught he has a “holy hatred” toward sinners (which describes me), watches idly while I do stupid stuff, punishes people for eternity, etc. And just listen to many believers talk: “Don’t pray for patience,” they say, “because then all kinds of terrible things will happen in your life.” The divine practical joker, I guess.

God’s son, on the other hand, has seemed more hospitable. He’s the advocate, the one filled with compassion, in fact the savior of the world, willing to die for bad folk like myself.

But hey – aren’t a couple fundamental beliefs of Christianity that Jesus is God, and those beings are one and the same? So, when the Bible refers to Jesus as a friend of sinners, shouldn’t that pertain to God The Father as well? What about the Scripture which says, “God is love”? Can I take that one to the bank or not?

It took a long time, but I finally came to grips with a much different concept of God from the one I held originally. I have a feeling he smiles at that.

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One Response to Coming To Grips With God

  1. Danny says:

    I commonly hear the term ‘a mean God’ but I have envisioned Him through different lens. He is loving, He is forgiving, and He is also just and fair. And retribution is a painful part of the process. However, it can be avoided.

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