What if everything you reject about God, is not God?
In preparing for the autumn study course at All Saints Belton, and the Alpha course which begins with a meal on Friday the 30th September, I read that “most people who reject God are really rejecting religion, without knowing it. They aren’t really rejecting God for who He is, but rejecting God for who He isn’t!”
So, I wonder what your answer would be if I asked you what you think God is like?
Is he the Headmaster in the sky, who is looking for you to get something wrong and then come down on you like a ton of bricks?
Is he a Creator who has walked away and not cared about what is happening to the world?
Is he a great Teacher, a caring Social Worker, a great example of how humans might live?
Does God really care for us? Does God really love his people? Is he for us, or against us?
These are some of the questions we shall be exploring in church, in our small groups and on Alpha. If you have questions, or want to challenge us in our thinking about God, please consider joining us in our explorations. Mark Batterson in his book “If” writes about his beliefs saying “I hope that doesn’t come across as condescending in any way, shape or form, but I have a theory: If you don’t love God, its because you don’t’ know God. To know God is to love God. Not the God who isn’t; the God who is.”
This year the Alpha course is being promoted by worldwide adventurer Bear Grylls. If you want to hear what he has to say and can get on line you will find him at https://alpha.org/ talking about how important God is in his life. He admits that he is not perfect and life is sometimes a struggle, and how faith in God makes all the difference.
Religion is all about what we can do for God. Christianity is really all about what Jesus Christ has done for us, in dying for us, because he loves us. If you remain sceptical, we would love to talk this through with you – Alpha is an invitation for anyone to come and explore many of the questions of life that we don’t usually have time for. Please come and enjoy discussions around the meal table or over a coffee.