I was watching ‘You Don’t Know Jack’ last night (about Jack Kevorkian) and there was a scene where he said ‘at least my God isn’t an invention‘ to a bunch of religious protesters outside his house. I had to think about that sentence and this blog came out.
Is our God made up? In some ways, I think God is. It’s a very culturally based God. It’s a Christian God that started under Roman culture, then branched forward. Today we see this God as American, Canadian, or British (Western basically). Dylan writes a great song called ‘with God on our side’ which reflects this aspect very well.
Even Jesus is subject to the cultural shifting. Jesus is the proverbial ‘all things to all people’ across the planet. He’s can hang and bang with the punk community (se Jim Baker’s son’s show – ‘One Punk Under God’) or he can be the blue eyed blonde hair figure we see in most pictures of him (regardless if he even looked anything like this). Jesus is pretty much a mold of clay that becomes who we think he is and what we picture him as. One only need compare various denominations teachings on Jesus to see we may not be looking at the same Jesus church to church.
God is changing, or at least, our perspective of God (according to scripture in combination with culture) is changing. I am not sure of I am dealing with a very vengeful God or a peace loving God? Is Jesus Jewish or not? Is God actively involved in human history or sitting back and allowing us to make our lives? Does God take sides in a war? When Jesus walked on water – was he wearing Nikes?
I agree with Jack, God is an invention (at least to some degree). Ever notice how God always reflects…well…you?