A couple of weeks ago I was asked to participate in a theoblogger challenge by Patheos, a new multi-faith website for exploring & engaging the world’s religions & spiritualities. I was asked to write in 100 words or less on Who/What is God? This was to coincide with the launch of Patheos-wide Public Square topic on “Gods & Goddesses,” which features a wide variety of perspectives from different religious traditions on how the Divine is manifested for them….
It was a fascinating and challenging task. The topic resonated with some of the recent discussions I have been involved in on practicing faith in a pluralistic world. It also seemed to be a good place to start in our reflections for Lent on Walking with Jesus Toward the Cross – How Do We Follow, because our views of God impact how we follow Christ and how we live our lives. Here is my response:
God is love. But what does that mean? It seems incomprehensible that God cares deeply and passionately for all created beings. The God we rejected did not walk away from us. God’s loving heart aches at our suffering and the pain this separation unleashed in the created world. God is not vengeful. He lovingly sent his son Jesus as a human child to reveal his true nature — a caring, compassionate, loving God who suffers through every agony we endure and who will do everything possible to restore the relationships that human action so grievously corrupted.
You can read the other responses here
The responses are from:
Christine Valters Paintner, founder and director of Abbey of the Arts and a spiritual director based in Seattle, WA
Byron Wade, Vice-Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a Presbyterian pastor in Raleigh, NC
Robb Harrell, a Lutheran pastor serving as a mission re-developer at St. Luke Church (www.storyofgod.org) in Atlanta, GA
Adam Walker Cleaveland, a Minister for Youth and Young Adults at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore, CA
Jim Burklo, an ordained United Church of Christ pastor and the Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California
Amy Julia Becker, a writer and a student at Princeton Theological Seminary