Many believe the Bible is our main source for knowing what God is like. The challenge is many sincere people, including biblical scholars, have different views of the same biblical passage or topic. This clearly suggests that discernment and a flexible attitude is essential. Lack of certainty with interpretations suggests the Bible can only be one source for knowing what God is like.
We obviously can’t know what God is like because of direct communication by God.
Besides, God could write instructions in the sky and the bigger challenge may be what we do with such communication in our lives and telling others what to do. Religions typically don’t seek commonalities but divide over differences. God’s invisibility may be out of compassion than cruelness. God’s overpowering presence in our lives may only lead to consuming guilt or brief obligations to obey. God’s lack of interference may allow heart-felt, lasting choices.
We can’t really totally rely on religious experts as to what God is like.
Religious experts were the people Jesus had the most confrontations with. Religious leaders Jesus encountered seemed more in love with their rituals to stay in power than concerned for others. Jesus saved tough conversations for religious pretenders who claimed to represent God. Jesus seemed to hang out more with those not caught up in religion than those who prayed and went to church all the time.
Most sense if God exist, God is perfect.
Doesn’t what I had hoped from my parents and the kind of parent I wished to be give clues as to what perfection is? A perfect parent and a perfect God are surely the same unless God doesn’t desire to be a role-model. Based on my experience it seems the following much be true of a perfect God or parent.
A perfect God or parent is uncontrolling though it could be argued they possess the inherent authority to control.
It doesn’t matter if parents truly know what for best for their child. Addicts understand what we all must know – choices must be our own if we are to begin making lasting choices for our best interests. God knows moral than immoral choices are always in our best interest, but God still doesn’t stop us or there would be no evil. God’s created freedom in the beginning for such decisions best lead to genuine transformations and relationships.
A perfect God or parent is quick to forgive, despite their initial warnings, when a child accepts and admits their wrongdoing.
A perfect God is certainly entitled to judge me to the fullest, but few dispute that God in the Bible is always forgiving. Parents’ constant disfavor despite our mistakes robs us of the encouragement we need. Why then would gloomy uncertainty as to God’s favor help us to conquer battles against self-centeredness or long-standing habitual sins in our life? A perfect God is willing to start over no matter how many times it takes.
A perfect God or parent is obviously morally perfect.
It is never acceptable to say: “do as I say, not as I do.” Who doesn’t know advice is cheap unless you follow your own words. A perfect God cannot declare partiality to be a sin but show favoritism toward others. The most likely interpretation of Scriptures is that which portrays God as the most moral to the human mind. God cannot participant in any behaviors that are declared evil for humans. God is morally perfect humanly speaking.
A perfect God or parent never advises for self-interests reasons as opposed to what is in the best interest of their child.
God warns actions have their own consequences, but God knows even moral decisions must be personal to be lasting. Parents must be careful that advice never be because of how it makes them look. Parents must listen respectfully and respond carefully. God’s advice is always for our interest and the interests of others.
Many would like to be more in tune with their Creator.
Your beliefs of a perfect parent may bring you closer to understanding what is a perfect God is like. God is often portrayed in ways that seem less than perfect from our perspectives. Such a God is less inviting for a relationship. Would you have more of a relationship if God turned out to what you know deep down a loving, perfect God is like? I would argue such a perfect God is worth following and is the only kind of parent, heavenly or earthy, that I want a close, non-obligatory relationship with.