The One About the Herb Eater

homer vegetarianSo, we had some friends coming around for dinner, one of whom is a vegetarian and when we told my daughter, she said,

‘I know her, she is a herb eater’.

At that moment the language she needed escaped her and she didn’t have the words to explain what she wanted to and so she did her best to describe what she meant in the moment.

I think that is also the way we talk about God. God is so beyond our comprehension and so we can only do our best to describe what we understand.

God is good, so he gives us examples and glimpses of who he is. The problem comes when we allow those single things to define him.

God is love but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t get angry.

God is our Father but he is also described as being like a mother.

God is all powerful but he still cares for us individually.

God is everywhere at all times but he still chooses to be present specifically with his followers.

Who is God? If you think you know and that you have him all figured out then you are probably wrong.

We do need to be clear about what is made clear in the Bible though. If someone says that God doesn’t love them, I want to show them what the Bible says and to let them know that God loves them with an everlasting love.

What I am trying to say is that the fullness of who God is isn’t shown in the Bible. The Bible doesn’t contain a definitive description or schematic diagrams of God. I think that while we need to understand what we can, we really need to be in awe of what we do understand of God rather than trying to define or fully describe him of who he is.

God is so much greater than anything we imagine and he is beyond my comprehension. I used to get stressed about that but now it inspires me to worship.

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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