Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. (John 14:9)
In his book, Let's Start with Jesus, Dennis Kinlaw notes that: "Most of the gods that so-called unbelievers reject have never had any objective reality and are simply the goblin constructions of their own minds...The god before whom the sincere believer bows likewise may be a caricature that does little justice to the reality one believes oneself to be worshipping."
There tends to be two caricatures of God. The first is a mean, distant figure who is usually attributed to the Father. This kind of god is only concerned with creatures who act moral and has no real vested interest in connecting personally and lovingly with them. The other caricature is that of a "buddy Jesus" who just wants everyone to have fun and promises to forgive without giving any direction or call to grow emotionally and spiritually.
In reality, God is holy-love; He is transcendent and personal. This is most vividly presented in the New Testament in the person of Jesus. God cares about us immensely. He is also Lord of the universe and wants to transform us into something greater.
Sometimes false perceptions of who God really is can cloud your perspective. God is not an abusive father and He is not distant. He is everlasting perfect love and wants to be in relationship with every single one of his children.
What have been some of your false presuppositions about God and how have they changed over the years?
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