What’s Your Relationship With God Like?

I love sci-fi.

I believe in the inviolability of the human will.

I don’t think God can be fully understood.

God doesn’t seem restricted to labels or fit into boxes. But, so many people passionately seek to understand him, so they can relate with him better.

One thing has always fascinated me about God – his omnipresence. Just as God has a distinct history with me; he is chronicling another with someone else in Germany or in China. All these histories and conversations are happening concurrently. Rarely do they overlap.

Could my revelation of Jesus be completely different from someone else’s? The thought confuses me. Is Christianity a retail experience or a communal one? Is it both? Is one church’s doctrine superior to another’s? Is one church’s Bible version more accurate than another’s? Who is “righter” and who is “wronger”?

So many things have happened in my Christian walk that made me think. I used to imagine God was a very scary being. I was terrified of him and felt he would punish me for my mistakes. Now, I have a very familial comfortable relationship with him. Did God change? Or was it my imagination and mental construct of God that changed?

Faith scares me. A force as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Could it be, that people have also been using their faith since time immemorial, to produce different versions of God in their mind spaces and parallel universes? Could God present himself to humans based on their level of faith or ignorance? Could God be a father to those who believe he is, yet be a Master to those who believe he is?

If Christianity becomes a retail private thing, how will “error” be checked? How do we ensure that a few leaders don’t present as doctrine, personal belief systems that are limited by education, exposure and culture?

I’ve been thinking about a few “fathers of the faith”. Once upon a time, Smith Wigglesworth was reported as saying the only book he considered worth reading, was the Bible. There’s an obvious contradiction, as many people learnt how to read in the first place, using other books apart from the Bible. Then, there’s the fact that many other books are worth reading, including science, poetry and current affairs. Was Wigglesworth’s statement simply the utterance of a presumably illiterate man or were his words reported out of context?

In Nigeria, many have preached about trousers, scarves, alcohol and music. Were they culturally limited too?

When William Branham decided that women were inferior, and alleged Eve had sex with the serpent, was he in fact, mentally ill?

When Kenneth Hagin assumed he was called to be a Pastor and not just a teacher, then realised it was a missed call, who made the original call?

As I think about the sacredness of human will and choice, I also think about our frailty and capacity for honest mistakes.

I think the Bereans in Apostle Paul’s days were on to something important. Perhaps all Christians begin as sheep, blindly following their shepherds, but we must then grow up and independently forge a relationship with the Chief Shepherd. We must interrogate what we are taught and think for ourselves. We must ask why. We must seek to know what. And since we have direct access to Jesus, we should learn to have our own conversations with him, as we are holding conversations with other Christians.

I pray that the Spirit of Truth will lead us into all truth, as only he can.

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