What if the actual character of God is nothing like what our religion has revealed to us? What if God is love? What if we can’t escape His extremely intimate love? What if God’s love is absolutely unqualified? What if God doesn’t condemn? What if God doesn’t penalize or harm His children? What if God is indeed genuinely good? What if God loves us so much that it is impossible to offend Him?
These were the types of questions that were burning in my heart when I began the journey of these posts. I was indoctrinated into a Christian tradition that conveyed to me an image of an angry God. Through my own life experiences and listening to my inner voice, I have come to know a God who is love and not angry. Let me share that image of God with you.
We are all on a spiritual journey to ascertain the genuine character of God. When we listen to our inner voice, we may be challenged by contradictions between what others suggest to us and what we perceive from our hearts. If we are authentic with ourselves, we will confront the inner struggles that arise from these discrepancies. This is why I embarked on my own spiritual expedition. I had to find inner conflict resolution and uncover the actual nature of God.
My journey will resonate with many who are looking for permission to see God differently. This posts will provide possible answers to some of your own inquiries and embolden you to tackle more issues. I know when you challenge religious traditions with provocative questions; it can be a lonely experience. Let me say that you aren’t alone and you aren’t crazy. You are actually experiencing life. Truthfully pursuing answers to the questions that bubble up from our innermost person is living a genuine life.
I write from a Christian perspective but I don’t intend any division or exclusion of any sort. I will reference the Christian Bible and share my understanding of God established in Jesus and His life. I believe Jesus discloses a genuine image of God and demonstrates the human purpose and expression. So I will use many Judeo-Christian terms and use Bible passages to share my journey. Christian or not, I believe the God presented in these posts will ring true within your innermost being. He is that good.
A short disclaimer: My perspectives and theology have changed quite a bit since I started this journey. Many of the older posts will have a religious feel to them. I was arguing from within a religious paradigm looking for “Grace” in an ocean of “law.” Now I have stepped outside that paradigm and realize that religion, which promotes separation from God as a fundamental truth, is the great deception of the fall. We have never been separate from God, ever. So when you read the older posts, you may see separation and religion in the words. Look for the truth. It is there.
If you want answers to the provocative questions then read on.
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