What do you think about the word God?

512 what do you think of the word god?When a friend speaks to them about God, what comes to your mind? Are you thinking of a lonely figure somewhere in the sky? Imagine an elderly gentleman with a flowing white beard and a white robe? Or a director in a black business suit, as shown by the movie "Bruce Almighty"? Or the portrayal of George Burns as an older guy in a Hawaiian shirt and tennis shoes?

Some people believe God is actively involved in their lives, while others imagine God as detached and distant, who is out there watching us "from a distance". Then there is the idea of ​​an impotent God who is simply one of us, "like a stranger in a bus trying to find his way home," as in Joan Osborne's song.

You see, the Bible presents God as a strict judge, giving out divine rewards and punishments to everyone - mostly punishments - based on how well one lived up to his high standard of perfect living. Many Christians think of God like that - a harsh God-Father who is ready to destroy everyone until his benevolent and compassionate son intervenes to give his life for the misguided people. But that is clearly not the biblical view of God.

How does the Bible represent God?

The Bible presents reality as God is through glasses: "The Eyeglasses of Jesus Christ." According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is the only perfect revelation of the Father: "Jesus saith unto him, So long am I with you, and you do not know me, Philip? Who sees me, sees the father. Then how do you speak: "Show us the Father?" (Joh 14,9 LUT) The letter to the Hebrews begins with the words: "After God used to speak many times and in many ways to the fathers through the prophets, he has come to us in these last days talked about by the son whom he has appointed to inherit over everything by which he has made the world. He is the reflection of his glory and the likeness of his nature and carries all things with his powerful word and has accomplished the cleansing of sins and has seated himself at the right hand of the majesty in the high "(Heb. 1,1-3 LUT).

If you want to know what God is like, look to Jesus. Jesus and the Father are one, says the Gospel of John. If Jesus is meek, patient and compassionate - and he is - then so is the Father. And also the Holy Spirit - who is sent by the Father and the Son by whom the Father and the Son dwell in us and guide us into all truth.

God is not detached and uninvolved, one who watches us from afar. God is always, intimately and passionately connected with his creation and his creatures. For you, that means, God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has called you into being out of love, and loves you throughout your life in God's saving way. He leads you to guide you to his ultimate purpose, eternal life as one of his beloved children.

When we imagine God in a biblical way, we should think of Jesus Christ, who is the perfect revelation of the Father. In Jesus Christ, all humanity - including you and me - was involved through the eternal bond of love and peace that connects Jesus to the Father. Let us learn to accept the truth with enthusiasm, to what God has already made us, as his children in Christ.

by Joseph Tkach

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