There are those who know of God only through what is written by the men and women who loved Him, within the Holy Bible. On these pages is presented Holy God. Through the pages of this book, a picture begins to develop of this god of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Who is He? What is He? How does He operate? Is he “good?”
The Bible tells us that we are made in the image and likeness of God.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. – Genesis 1:27
This verse gives us our first clue that we are created in God’s own image. Read here to find out how we are like God. It is through these likenesses that we grow to understand God, though I think this would take a lifetime with the current capabilities of this earthly mind of ours.
My love for God is and has always been greatly unconditional and accepting. When I first called out to God, in my utter brokenness and humility at the time, I opened my heart to this being, to whomever He was and is. I was not making my calling upon Him conditional; He did not have to answer to me, in other words. I believe that God honors this kind of love and appreciates it; I actually think he favors it.
I’ve been asked before that if I found out that God was not “good,” what would I do? My answer was that I would continue to love God no matter what or who He is, and no matter if He is good, bad, or a mixture of the two.
I say this because however the human being can judge, through our minute capabilities, (compared to God), I know the limitations of my judgment compared to God’s capabilities and judgment. I am incapable of adequately judging God, nor do I want to do so.
My love for God is a commitment and that commitment consists of loyalty and belief in Him no matter what I come to find out about Him later or even now, as I’m living here on planet Earth. I don’t always understand the things God has chosen to do in the past, that were written about within the Bible, but I don’t have to; I trust God’s judgment over my own. I trust that this being is worthy of my worship, submission, and deference.
Those who cannot love God in this way, who cannot come to Him in faith and simple acceptance, may never understand or even know really loving God. Loving God in this way requires humility, an ability to submit, and a child-like ability of innocent acceptance, no matter what. The rebellious heart cannot understand or accept this kind of love; it must reason everything out and this kind of love is not reasonable.
I said the following to Sabio on his blog the other day:
“The heart that is open to loving God would love God, no matter who or what He is, flawed, perfect, ego-driven, or whatever.”
God is similarly capable of offering this same kind of love to us in our absolute humanness and imperfection. We are flawed and imperfect, and most certainly not holy, but God loves us anyway. God created a way to love us and to make us holy before Him through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ. We become perfect in God’s eyes because of what Jesus did for us. All we have to do is accept this gift He has offered us, this free unconditional acceptance of who we are. He asks us to give Him the same kind of love in return.
Think about it.
I want to thank Sabio for bringing this post about inadvertently, through our ongoing discussions on his blog and mine. Sabio, your mind is ever working and exploring and I love it; it’s a beautiful mind in action.