The God We Think We Know

Just because another does not believe what you believe does not make him a heretic or a liar. They are just on a different journey than you are.

The idea that we can control what everyone believes is classic religion. It comes from the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil, and not from the tree of Life. It postulates that there is a right and a wrong way of believing.

Names or Metaphors of God

For instance, the Bible has many metaphors of God and shows God in many forms such as:

  • Eagle,
  • Shepherd,
  • Creator,
  • Provider,
  • Warrior,
  • Love, High Priest,
  • Head of the Body,
  • Lamb, Lion, Life,
  • Physician/Healer,
  • Teacher,
  • Master, Father, Friend, 
  • Almighty, King,
  • Prince of Peace, Rock,
  • Seed, Shield,
  • Song,
  • Banner,
  • Vine.

Needless to say, I can go on and on and on.

Feminine references of God

Did you know that in the Scriptures, Father God is depicted in many feminine views as well?

Isaiah 66:13 God as a comforting mother
Isaiah 49:15 God compared to a nursing mother
Deuteronomy 32:18 God who gives birth
Hosea 13:8 God described as a mother bear
Deuteronomy 32:11-12 God described as a mother eagle
Psalm 131:2 God as a mother
Psalm 123:2-3 God compared to a woman
Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34 God as a Mother Hen
Luke 15:8-10 God as woman looking for her lost coin

The view we have of God shows more about us and our stage of faith or the journey we are on right now, than who God is.  God will meet us where we are at as He wants to relate to us as we are.

Which view is correct?

Is any “one” view of God correct? Of course not! Thinking that there is only one correct view of God means we could miss out on God entirely.

The Jews at the time of Jesus saw God as a warrior God, coming to save them from the Romans. Therefore they missed Him completely, as He came as the lamb of God to be slain.

Before anyone labels me something I’m not: Are there views of God that are not who He is? I believe there are, even in my own journey as a believer, I’d say the God I saw fifteen years ago is completely different and almost contradictory to the God I see today.

If I went back in time and told myself fifteen years ago what I believe now, I would of fought tooth and nail to hold on to the view of God I had then. 

Today I hope that in fifteen years time, I’ll have an even greater view of who I perceive God is.

We are all growing on this journey of faith and life. And we all can learn from each other. We can even learn from the likes of Buddha, Ghandi, or even the Koran.

So instead of shutting doors in peoples’ faces and push them away because of their beliefs, let’s hear the heart of the other person and encourage them, rather than tear them down. After all, all doctrine and theology is a strategy of man’s attempt to understand God.

To quote C.S. Lewis from the book Prince Caspian:

“Aslan” said Lucy “you’re bigger”.
“That is because you are older, little one” answered he.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”

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