I write for those that may want to pursue more of a relationship with God but have been turned off by disputable teachings about who God is. I also write to those who already have a relationship with God but don’t feel as connected wondering if certain teachings about God are true. It also can be uncomfortable discussing God with others when appropriate if we think we have to defend certain aspects about God.
I am not saying new understandings about God will open the floodgates for others to want to talk about God, which stinks because we can talk about other things we are interested in, but at least you can feel freer to talk about God. You don’t have to secretly feel defensive about God. I use to think twice sometimes talking about God, but new understandings about God make such discussions natural. I have defended the below views about God elsewhere so I won’t do here.
What beliefs about God make discussions uneasy or just not natural?
God doesn’t torture people after death for beliefs while living on earth for a brief time.
You don’t have to believe in or defend such a God. Our word Hell is not a translation but substitution for certain Hebrew and Greek words. Hell, as a torture chamber, has turned out to be an invention over the centuries to scare people into submission and obedience.
God doesn’t reject people from Heaven after death because of certain beliefs here on earth.
God offers life after the grave to all. All have their reasons for rejecting God here on earth, especially because of certain understandings about God. God will clear up any misconceptions. God didn’t create to judge but to empower all to love one another in this world. I can only imagine those who don’t want to be with God forever are those who still think only they matter.
God doesn’t advocate saying to gay people: I love you but hate your actions.
Gay people rightly challenge others to think why they would choose a lifestyle rejected by so many unless they can’t help feeling who we are. If people have questions about their personal lifestyles and God, God can handle such conversations with that person. God simply encourages monogamous relationships for the sake of lovers.
God doesn’t encourage engaging in relationships with hidden agendas to convert them to our beliefs.
We have relationships with others like normal people to share life together. Open-ended discussions about God can be had when others want. God only came to convert people from relational thinking that is harmful. If your friends treat others like dirt, love them enough to tell them so. God can change hearts.
God isn’t some crazy talking, doomsayer that is going to come down and destroy the world.
Take care of the world for the next generation. God tried to create heaven on earth but freedom was necessary; God has given us the hope of life forever with God in Heaven after death. Freedom on earth may be necessary for authentic love and moral growth, so that Heaven can be a place without evil.
God isn’t gender bias or a sexist that declares roles based on gender than gifts.
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If God __________ it would be easier talking about God when appropriate?
We can listen to others’ thoughts about God and not be defensive about our views about God. We may discover God is no different than what we imagine a perfect God would be like.