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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