God's image of Himself
Soul Snack 155/10 ... God's image of Himself
God made man in His own image, and man returned the compliment. Blaise Pascal
A feisty, truculent and petulant god I don't want.
A god given to change, inconsistencies and cosmic improbabilities that bounce into my today to sap my energy and scare me for tomorrow, I don't want.
If I have to reach up to heaven, relish in ritual and flagellate my flesh to appease this cosmic entity, I don't want that either. Such a god is no more than a mere spiritual dictator of an immense power that He wields capriciously over His serfdom. Such a god is not!
Yet I fear the god of these first three paragraphs is the god I have created, for he sounds more like how I would act if I were God, or if I wanted to create my own path to heaven.
A bloodied Golgotha, a tear-torn entourage at the foot of the Cross, and seven unearthly sayings of grace that truly reveal God to me - these are not man-made images of God, but rather a God made image to man.
Calvary stings my spirit of sin, it releases my soul to sing and blasts to the world this is what the God of righteousness really looks like - this Son of me is me.
Pascal got it right and showed me that I have had God wrong.