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WHAT I BELIEVE

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Understandings About God That May Change Your Attitudes About God

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The following beliefs or convictions motivate me to write in case what you have heard about God make it difficult to have a relationship with your Creator. What you have heard may not be true! Understandings of God determine our attitudes about God. I hope the following will whet your appetite to read further what I have written as you consider your beliefs about God:

  • God is not an angry hothead. God’s love is the same as perfect, human, parenting, love. God’s anger is no different than a parent’s anger against immorality that harms their child and others. God’s wrath is only another side of God’s true nature – love. God surely is not a warmonger. Unfortunately, sometimes war is necessary as not all people are willing to abide by certain inalienable rights of human beings.
  • God is not an egomaniac. God’s desire for devotion (glory) isn’t to remind God of their greatness or we can go to Hell. Loving parents desire but don’t force respect because they only want what we deep down desire for ourselves and others. Loving God is loving others to the fullest.
  • God is not a religion exclusivist. Suggesting a loving God demands one can only come to God through Jesus is to ignore the realities of our world. The majority of people that have been born into world never had a Bible to know of Jesus. One’s religion, or rebellion against a certain religion, is often based on the family born into whether it is Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, etc. God only wants us to know of their desire to empower and encourage all in doing good and shunning evil.
  • God is not a dogmatist. God’s only sacred belief is the Law of Love which is for our best interests and the interest of others. God doesn’t insist on many beliefs proclaimed by others necessary to be accepted by God, thus making the journey about certain beliefs than a relationship with God. God only hopes we may come to believe in God’s love for us so we might reflect such love back to others.
  • God is not a hellish sadist. God is not going to torture you forever if not eventually believing in God. The traditional understanding of Hell isn’t in the Bible but an invention over the centuries to scare people into submission and obedience. Many misunderstand God because of poor role-models or what others teach about God. God’s grace and forgiveness doesn’t end on our last breath on earth if desiring to live with our Creator for eternity. Jesus spoke often of a quality of life on earth as a heavenly focus leads to passive earthly living.
  • God is not a mysterious Deity. God’s desire to know and love like God is nonsensical if God is mysterious. A universal desire to treat others like we want to be treated hints a Creator communicates a knowledge of good and evil. God doesn’t know the future thus making freedom a farce. God is in life with us. God sets us free to make our own decisions, hopefully in the interests of all, according to the gifts and passions we have.
  • God is not a moral hypocrite. Even atheists believe One claiming to be God must be perfect. We must question biblical writers’ understanding of God if interpretations are contrary to people’s ideas of a perfect, loving God. How can we know God if evil sometimes is good? When the Bible challenges us to be perfect like God (Mt. 5:48), the assumption is we can know what perfection is. God is the perfection of the human parents we have always desired. God’s ways are always moral humanly-speaking.
  • God is not a Bible worshipper. Questions about God must be solved on biblical and conscientious grounds since there are no certainties in interpretations. Our relationship is with God and not a book. The Bible was never meant to be a rules book for how to act in our unique circumstances. Jesus didn’t always answer questions directly because circumstances vary and the issue is our heart in solving problems. Imagine a world where all looked out for the interests of others and not just themselves when facing difficulties.
  • God is not a deceitful friend. God does desire we seek relationships with a hidden agenda to save them from Hell or convert others to our beliefs. Hell is a myth and doesn’t exist in the Bible. We have relationships to share life together. Friends aren’t evangelistic projects. Have open discussions when others are seeking a connection with their Creator. If friends treat others like dirt, love them enough to tell them. Simply love one another. God changes hearts.
  • God is not a sexist. God is a female liberator by proclaiming roles according to gifts not gender. God doesn’t favor men over women in leadership roles. Best friends, in marriage or other dyad relationships, don’t require a leader. Appointing men as authority over women can encourage dominance on the man’s part and dependence on the woman’s part, which can be conducive for domestic abuse and the other atrocities women face at the hands of men.
  • God is not a homophobe. The Bible doesn’t condemn same sex monogamous relationships. Monogamous relationships are in the best interest of lovers. Jesus never spoke about homosexuality and said when gone He would leave His Spirit to guide individual hearts. 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.
  • God is not a controller. Freedom makes evil possible as well as authentic rather than coerced love. God’s uncontrolling love best explains the biggest challenge for the Christian faith – how evil, suffering, and God’s goodness can co-exist. Suffering resulting from evil isn’t created by God but originates from the human heart. Not even an all-powerful God can create and guarantee life without death, violence, suffering, and struggle and yet there be free will.
  • God is not a religious extremist or terrorist. God is a freedom fanatic who has never demanded certain personal beliefs or be killed or beheaded. God only seeks to persuade true love for the good of all, but genuine love must be freely chosen. You know religion is wrong when demands lead to being served than serving. Unselfish love is what will change the world.
  • God is not a blood-thirsty child killer. The story of Jesus’ death is not about a God who requires murder to restore their honor but about a Man who felt His message was worth dying for. Soldiers die for one another for causes they believe deeply in. Jesus hoped to convince us what He knew about God, who seeks to empower us to be the kind of persons we deep down desire to be. God went to great means to convince us of God’s unimaginable love and that God’s ways are in our best interests if we listen to our hearts.
  • God is not a prayer genie. God can’t control freedom and be loving. Asking God for guarantees is asking God to a controlling Lover. God can make one be a better parent if they have no desire to change. Prayer is about communicating for support. Prayer is less discouraging when we go from the mentality of “getting answers” to “finding intimacy and support.” Prayer is giving God permission in our lives to help shun evil and do good. We may have to trust that a loving God answers prayer how we would if we knew everything God knows and experiences in overseeing a free world.
  • God is not a doomsayer. God isn’t going to destroy the world. Jesus wasn’t misleading when advising followers to be ready within their generation (i.e. Mt. 24:34). Jesus seemed to not be speaking of a sky-opening, physical rapture, or Jesus wouldn’t have warned of the signs to not miss His coming (Mt. 24:3-4). Jesus’ coming has already happened when the new covenant in the New Testament replaced the beginning covenant. We mustn’t wait on God to ‘fix” things; instead, we must make for a better world for future generations.
  • God is not a church-going traditionalist. In the Bible “Church” was not a building or a place attended once a week. Jesus referred to His followers as being the Church.  Jesus did not specify where followers must gather or what they must do. Find environments to be encouraged and inspire others to love as radically as Jesus did. Paul warned against the harm of divisions, also known as Denominations, among followers (I Cor. 1:12). Let’s seek more Who we follow than traditions we personally think are important.

 

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