We hear many different perceptions of how God is, but we can only truly know him when we seek to know him personally.
It’s just like knowing a friend. When you have a personal relationship with a person, you won’t believe all the lies other people may tell you about them.
A lot of Christians make it difficult, and sometimes impossible for people to know God. They say things about him that are made up notions. The fact that your father was a wicked man, does not mean God is that way. Some people are downright evil and then claim to know God.
The Bible makes it very clear. God is love. And then it describes love in many words. Love is patient and kind, forgives easily, doesn’t hold grudges, seeks good always etc. How is it then that some people call him the God that will rain fire down and kill you? I never understood that. Jesus came to show us the father in the New Testament.
I remember one place where Jesus went into a city and the people weren’t prepared for him. They treated him so badly, that two of his disciples asked if they should call on fire from heaven to consume them. Jesus’ first response was one of shock, “what?”, he asked. Then he said, “Don’t you know what kind of men you are?”. He was surprised that these men had followed him all this time and still didn’t know him (remind you of some people). He is love.
Could he have rained down fire from heaven? Sure! But that was not who he was. Then you wonder where some Christians get the idea of God raining fire, or destroying their enemies from. First of all, you have no enemies. People are never your enemies. Just because a woman refuses to be controlled by her husband, he begins to pray stupid prayers that go nowhere. Even God does not seek control that’s why he gave everyone the power of choice. He lays out the options, and then you choose.
The truth is that even when you make a mistake. You did something you shouldn’t have done, or said something. As a child of God, he turns it around to your favor. So you are never disadvantaged. You only feel disadvantaged because you don’t believe that you’re not, and hence you attract the very thing you were afraid of.
Much Love and Laughter!