How to imagine God?¶
Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Your personal image of God depends on your personal history: your family, your education, your friends, the books you read… It is an important part of your faith. Religious people want to cultivate their personal image of God, shape it, color it, add missing parts, remove disturbing parts…
Your image of God influences your thoughts and your behaviour.
Muslims use 99 names of Allah, Christians use the Trinity concept, a three-fold image to describe God: the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit.
Two extreme caricatures of how Christians actually imagine God father :
As a grandfather who listens patiently to all your worries and says with an encouraging smile “Do as you feel”. No rules, no critics, no blame, just love.
As a strict father who watches each of your deeds and accounts for your sins, who wants to see results, who loves you only when you deserve his love.