And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach God must believe that God exists and rewards those who seek the Lord.
Words of Hope
Faith is a funny thing for me. It is hard to define, especially when speaking about God. I must have a God I can believe in and that means finding God in my heart and my mind.
The God depicted in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel has become the default image many people have of God. An old guy on a throne. Though it is a beautiful image, I can’t take it seriously.
An old man, no matter how buff he is depicted, cannot embody the God of my understanding. That image only reduces something far too grand for human understanding to an icon and as such becomes inconsequential. Images of God can all too soon become idols and we all remember the problem Moses had with that.
The God of my understanding is shaped by my life experience as well as scriptural references. A God who is omnipotent and permeates all things is not the kind of divine presence that has a human form. In Genesis, God refers to himself as “we” and creates humankind in God’s image. Male and female. All loving and all present.
Jesus comes to us as an embodiment of God in human form, and as such he brings a more tangible experience of God to us. But He is only one aspect of the divine and the mystery of the Trinity alludes to something much greater.
That word “mystery” is the best definition for the God of my understanding. Something far greater than mortal and yet living in every one of us. That is a God I can believe in. That is the God of my faith.
May we all find a God of our understanding even if that God is somewhat beyond our full comprehension. May we find faith in something greater than ourselves and find the rewards that await us as we seek God.