Please notice I said ‘what’ is God, not who is God. The reason I mentioned it is because some people (perhaps all of us) have an ‘image’ of God and do not like it when someone else’s ‘image’ differs from ours.
Some years ago… possibly a couple of decades ago, there was a ‘God is a blob’ teaching. Some people in my church were upset, very upset. Why? Because they had their image of what God is. One lady was so upset that she left, saying, “My God is an old man with a beard sitting on a throne.” She left the church.
Are we so entrenched in our own beliefs about what God is that we will not consider any contrary opinion, or even listen to one?
What is God
I guess the best answer to that is that we will know when we meet Him. However, there are some clues in the Bible.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Gen 1: 27 NKJV
“Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.
Gen 9: 6
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Col 1: 15
Is God more?
This seems to suggest so…
So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”
Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”
Exodus 33: 18 – 20
Then there is what might seem like a contradiction…
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him
John 1: 18
It seems there is a difference between ‘seeing His face’ and seeing God in the fullness of all His glory.
There are many who do not believe in the God of the Bible… and I am not talking of those of different faiths. I refer to atheism.
So, what is your god?
I remember when doing a teacher training course in order to teach scripture in schools, a recommended course book said that everyone has a god.
The book suggested that for some people their god is a football team, (or whatever your national equivalent is.) It could be netball, basketball, motor racing, white water rafting, skiing or skating, or any one of the many sports.
Perhaps your god is a ‘pop idol,’ a film star… or someone you greatly admire. Someone you hero-worship.
“Can we say that humans have a need to worship? Ignoring the theological connections with this idea for a moment, we can see evidence for this in human behavior all around us. In political contexts, there is the eagerness with which people join a cause or a political group to feel part of something important.”
Each of us must answer this for him or herself.
Continuing to muse,
P.S. One of my favorite reviews of Hold the Faith was written by an atheist.
“If you’re an atheist, you probably would want to avoid reading it. But you’re missing out on something that is a well-written piece of historical fiction. The author has taken great pains with her research into the times. Maybe it’s one-sided. But many works are, and each has a right in our society – whether we like it or not.
It covers a time when Christianity was still a fledgling cult. When compared to known cults of modern times, it reflects how their members struggled against the authorities and public opinion at the time. For that, I found a great reflective insight into how people act and react to each other, how their faith and beliefs are challenged, how family and friends can react to someone for what they think.
If you’re a Christian, you will love this, and I recommend it. If you’re a non-believer, that’s fine too. I completed reading this as a non-believer, a free-thinker, and I am far from converting myself (or others)… so put your fears aside, open the book, and I believe you could enjoy it as I did.”
(I tried to put a link in to the review – instead it put an image and a ‘Buy’ button. That was not my intention.)
This is one of the reviews that have so far remained in the Amazon algorithm purge of reviews, which have most of us puzzled.