Isn’t The Good News That God Is Who You Expect?
By Mike Edwards
I post often about the Bible. I have written a short Booklet: Rethinking The Bible — Is The Bible Really Inspired By God? It is natural to assume if God inspired the Bible, God approved all written in the Bible. We must question if all of the Bible is inspired by God. Claims made about God according to an inspired Bible has keep many from having more of a relationship with God. God may be more like the God you expect!
Decades ago, I begin to be taught things about God that I just couldn’t imagine would be true of a loving God. I have no idea why I begin the journey of questioning and exploring what I was being taught. I can imagine some had no reason to doubt what authorities were teaching them, which eventually lead to leaving God or making God less a part of their life. Why follow a God you can’t respect. We can only judge God through what we understand true love to be like. I begin putting my thoughts in brief books such as: Lies About God — Don’t Believe Everything You Hear!
“Lies” is a strong word because I readily admit no one can prove what an invisible, inaudibly God is truly like. I am reacting to those who claim they know the “Truth” and don’t readily admit their interpretations and understandings of the Bible may be wrong. Most agree the only God worth believing in must be loving and perfect. Let’s have open-minded discussions what perfect love looks like. We can disagree but please don’t claim certainty according to a Book subject to interpretation. These were the main beliefs that nagged at me that I became convinced couldn’t be true of a loving God. There are many more. Question and doubt if what you hear doesn’t seem what a loving God would truly be like. You may be right!
Can God really create a place such as Hell?
Can God really condemn gays for being gay?
Can God really favor men over women for roles in church or marriage if equally qualified?
Can God really only let Christians into heaven?
Can God really be for terrorists who deny freedom of belief?
Can God really control evil and suffering?
Can God really arbitrarily answer your prayer and not others’?
Can God really be a moral hypocrite who says “do as I say not what I do” ?
Can God really be mysterious if wanting to be known?
Can God really be an angry, egomaniac?
Can God really be a hidden agenda proselytizer?
Can God really know the future if created freedom?
Can God really be a Jesus killer?
Can God really be a Bible-worshipper?
Mike Edwards has been writing for Done with Religion for some time and has been a great addition to the site. Mike also has his own site where he writes that can be found at What God May Really Be Like He can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org