The bible is the world’s oldest wikipedia article, made and or compiled by man.
Man has compiled and written from man’s perspective, using man’s understanding to explain what happened in the world around them.
It was written by the winners and losers of war. It was written by the common man, the pharisee, and kings. They used analogy, superstition, oral history, religion, and their understanding of science to explain God. You know that guy/gal/being that currently has 40K denominations all saying they have the correct understanding of God.
So when we say “God ordered people to kill babies, murder whole people groups, enslave people, and gave the ok for god’s elect people to rape women, I’m gonna take a moment and reflect on that critically.
If that is the god we are told to serve/worship I’m going to call that god a monster and not a loving being.
If that god is more wrathful than loving, not a g_d I want to trust in. That g_d is a monster.
“Love me or else!”
Not feeling it.
*originally written in 2015
Is God love? According to the Bible I think I can safely say that:
GOD = LOVE
(and it is unconditional love at that.)
A friend and spiritual father (Lloyd Rindels) once broke down 1 Corinthians 13 (you know that love chapter) in terms of relating it to a proper view of God.
Lloyd said read it with taking out the word Love and replace the word God,
It gave me a different view or understanding, and I liked it.
4 God is patient and kind; God does not envy or boast; He his not arrogant
5 or rude. He does not insist on His own way; He is not irritable or resentful,
6 He does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but He rejoices with the truth.
7 God bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 God never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. ……
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
aka a loving God/ever loving Parent who will always have my back no matter what crap I put myself in, He will be a proud biased Papa standing up for and bragging on me… “Look what my kid can do!”
Is that the God you know? Does it sound good? Does it sound to good? It is not the God I knew I saw a God of judgemental wrath and a Jesus who was my go between. ..
I heard and read of an unconditional love but had no clue of what that meant to me…
He is unconditional love poured out just for you!