Sometimes I just cringe when I read commentary and postings from various conservative Christians about God. To read their blogs, and listen to their interpretations of the Old and New Testament, there is the image of a vicious, brutal dictator as God. He is holy and dangerous to aggravate. And love? I see no sign of a loving god in what they write, in their descriptions of Him.
This isn’t the god I know! This isn’t the god I love.
How can we all be so wrong? Someone has made a terrible mistake. Is it me? Or are they completely backward and deluded in what they believe? All I have to go on is my relationship with God, my prayer life, the feelings I have about Him when I feel that I’m in His presence and the daily “being” with Him and the feelings that this evokes.
In my personal experience, God is not the harsh & hateful creature that they make Him out to be. I hate what they write and how they portray my Father who art in Heaven. He is not the angry, legalistic, old monster they make Him sound like. Now I’m not saying that He’s not stern at times or even strict — but He’s loving and knows me better than I know myself. He makes allowances for my weaknesses, for my HUMAN-NESS.
I’m not sure I could love a god who scared the dickens out of me, who seemed more evil than loving, whom I could not even trust. A god who was out to get me, who was secretly watching for every moment I sinned or screwed up, would be a horrific beast that I would want to hide from. I wouldn’t worship a god like that; that’s an abusive alien monster.
I wish we Christians could all get together on exactly who God is in our various interpretations and descriptions; it makes for a very confusing testimony when we’re all envisioning something completely different — what’s up with that? Is the bible really that confusing that we’re getting such different images of God?
I edited this post after the fact because it was offensive to a fellow Christian sister in my use of a descriptive adjective “bastard” to try and describe God from the point of view of those who view Him in punitive, angry fashion. I didn’t mean to offend anyone by the use of this word and apologize if I did so.
- God is not a blood-thirsty angry monster (godislovechristianblog.wordpress.com)
- Would God Send a Good Person to Hell? A Personal Answer (mpworth.wordpress.com)
- Will I make God angry and get punished? (theonlyblogtitleleft.wordpress.com)
- God & I (manishabhati.wordpress.com)
- “God Has Left the Building!” – The Tragic Power of One Angry Baptist (getreal.typepad.com)
- See God As A Good Father (chixyfied.wordpress.com)