A couple of days ago I was asked this question: What Do You Believe About God? by a friend who is struggling with their faith. It was easy for me to jump in and give a pat answer without really thinking about what I was saying or even without giving much thought to the doubts and confusion which are consuming them. After all I have been a Christian for over 40 years, you would think that I would have a clear and concise understanding of who God is and what I believe by now.
As I thought about the question I realized that is not the case. The longer I am a Christian the less I feel I know about who God is and what it means to be a follower of Jesus. That does not mean that my faith is in question. But the longer I am a Christian the bigger God becomes and the smaller my understanding seems.
Just as my travels have expanded my world view and taught me to grapple with the distortions of my own culture, so my interaction with other Christian world views and other religious views have taught me to grapple with the distortions of Christian faith as I was first exposed to it. And I am no longer afraid to admit to my doubts, because it is only as we struggle with our lack of understanding that we grow and move to deeper levels of knowledge and intimacy with God. And it is only as we acknowledge that we all believe differently and can learn from each other that we build stronger foundations for our faith and grow in our understanding of God, of each other and even of God’s creation. Faith is not static, nor should our image of God be.
So I thought that this week I would attempt to articulate some of my beliefs and ask for your help. This is not about theology, it is about deep heartfelt experience. So why do you believe in God, in Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit and what do you believe?
Who is God the Father/mother/creator to you? What is it that makes you a follower of Christ? What difference does the Holy Spirit make in your life?
I look forward to your participation in this series. Tomorrow I will deal more deeply with Who is God the Father/mother/creator to you? Wednesday we will look at: What is it that makes you a follower of Christ? And Thursday: What difference does the Holy Spirit make in your life?