Easter: A Celebration of Self-Giving Love
Last week, I began exploring several pervasive assumptions regarding how we perceive or experience God. Each one prevents us from experiencing Him the way the Bible consistently portrays Him to the world.
These assumptions are:
- God is Distant from us. We don’t often think of God as one who reveals Himself.
- God is Disgusted with us. When we do reflect on His presence in our midst, we rarely think of Him as one who reveals Himself as Divine, self-giving love. Many, in fact, perceive Him as a God who is disgusted with us.
- God is Determined to get us to behave. We don’t think of Him as someone who wants us to enjoy His presence as much as one who wants us to get fixed before we can enter His presence.
I’ll grant you, these assumptions are never stated so crassly, yet they remain the unspoken way we perceive God in our hearts, as well as portray Him to the world.
It’s such a shame since each one is fundamentally wrong!
In fact, I would say that God is – fundamentally speaking at least – NOT a God who is Distant, Disgusted, or Determined, but rather a God of Divine self-giving love and beauty.