It all boils down to, “God is love.”

Last week, I shared some musings about the possibility that no two of us share exactly the same concept of God–that our beliefs are uniquely shaped by what we have been taught and what we have experienced. I worked in the mental health field for many years and came to know countless people who could not believe–maybe even refused to try to believe–that “God is love.”  Their experience gave them the opposite message, and that opposite message became their truth.  Their souls were imprisoned by a lie.  The story has been told many times of the great twentieth century theologian and prolific writer, Karl Barth, who, when he was once asked to give a brief summary of his personal faith, responded, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”  It all boils down to, “God is love.”    

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About aliceatgrace

I'm the Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Hopkinsville, KY. When I came here in August, 2011, I discovered that we have a great asset that was being under-utilized, to say the least. We have a beautiful Chartres labyrinth that was dedicated four years ago, and I decided that I would do all I could to promote the use of it. It's now just post-Easter of 2012, and, about a month ago, it occurred to me that our labyrinth is a symbol of what the future of this church is intended to be. We are people on an ongoing spiritual journey together. We like to ask questions, and we don't always have to have the answers. We are confident that God is leading us into deeper relationships--both with God and with the world around us. We invite you to "come walk with us."
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