Our Image of God

Is often so likely tainted by our own relationship to our human father -wonderful, lousy or never-knew-him… and in any case with regard to mystery…

It’s likely our image of Him is too [fill in the blank] so what do we have to go on?

There have long been written tomes on Who God is, what God is like, how God appears to act in our lives, in nature and so forth. One can get all sorts of concepts from studies of the lives of believers and certainly there is an inexhaustible supply found online and in libraries.

In the modern era one can consider J.B. Phillips’ “Your God is Too Small” and amazing writers such as C.S. Lewis, Soren Kierkegaard, Oswald Chambers, Henri Nouwen, Brennan Manning and so many more who provide clues and ideas.

Indeed, The Bible! There one can discover the Person- Jesus whom the majority of His followers believe to be God in the flesh. He and a number of biblical writers discuss God the Holy Spirit Who breathed the Scriptures and reminds, reveals the Word of God, the mind and heart, desires and commands of God to anyone willing to seek, to listen, “for those who have ears, let them hear.”

Throughout Scripture we may find deep revelation with regard to the Person of God the Father.

Surely on this planet at present all at best are seeing “through a glass darkly” and later, then it will be face to face as apostle Paul wrote.

This always calls for humility and oh how we often forget such as we seek Him…

The rejection of God is often due to those who seem to act as if they do not know Him and so poorly reflect Him in their attitudes and behaviors. Wisdom and experience teaches none of us is perfectly loving, kind, gracious or some sort of non-flawed version of Jesus.

And yet “Seek the Lord while He may be found.” Jesus said “If you have seen Me you have seen the Father.”

It is this seeking and thus finding that is core to spiritual life. Some judge such as human ignorance, even delusion.

I suggest the delusion is our own in that it is so often predicated on whether we have a concept of a loving, brutal or non-existent human father. Further, our judgment of whether life has been an experience of grace or largely disappointment often deeply affects whether we act on faith or not.

Finally, if we believe God and our faith in Who He is fully and merely an option, that our own sense of being and personhood is likewise totally optional, what of it? Surely we may compare the God of Scripture (Father, Son, Spirit) to human gender alone (two  though God is three-in-One!) and as such confusion and likely distance rather than connection may result. We are not ourselves deity, but some will die trying to prove otherwise. Such is one of the sad realities of the inhumane race.

Perhaps such concerns are worth considering?

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

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