Tuesday, 13 May 2008

The image of God

I just want to put up a quick thought that stroke me today while I was reading a book by Yves Congar OP, one of the leading theologians of the last century. It is the book "Jesus Christ" which was first published in 1965.

What truck me was that he very well describes the reaction of a lot of people who are against Christianity or who are not interested. It are reactions like "God - so what? I prefer ordinary men to church goers. Religion is just a flee from the real life etc. etc."

It being written more than 40 years ago, I was impressed how much the same the reaction is! (at least in my home country) The reason for this can be that although excuses are made, that those excuses are not the real reasons but that there is a deeper issue: they don't really want God... (Congar quotes 1 Sam 8:7, "they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them".

Why don't they want God? Well, my own thought on this was that they might see him as a king, but in a wrong way and not as the real God is. You don't want somebody if you don't like him, or think you don't like him. So if the perception of God is a bad one than a logical result is that they are not interested in knowing Him.

It puts me to think and if this is true, which seems very plausible in my eyes, it means that a lot of work has to be done in re-explaining who God is...

Just a thought...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Luuk, I thought I would let you know that I look at your blog once in a while, and find it to be inspiring and insightful. Keep up the good work.
Brian Smith
(from TradeCert)


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