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pursuing the upward call with fear and trembling

just a 44 year old man seeking to share my meanderings with the world at large or the blogosphere at small

Monday, October 22, 2007

Just Wondering

So many good worship songs I mean LOTS of good worship songs. All covering close to every quality and characteristic there is about God in all His majesty. *Where the Spirit of the Lord Is* comes to mind as a good one. God is spirit Just what does that mean??? God is a Person He has personality. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, everpresent. He created time and space so He is beyond it. He is said to live in unapproachable light, dont have the verse handy at the moment. Just what all is involved in God being spirit???

The mormons have a different take on this. They believe god is actually made of flesh and bones. One of their chief doctrinal statements is *as man is god once was as god is man shall become* They believe we can attain godhood eventually in a different dimension beyond this life. This is not an apologetic about mormonism that belief just helps to illustrate my topic. If God is like a human that seems to limit Him in alot of ways. Have you ever tried to hold a conversation with the wind??? lol Quite difficult but sure can feel it when its blowing hard and also when its gentle and breezy. God appeared in alot of very obviosu and easy to understand forms in the OT. A burning bush , a brewing cloud, an angel type figure. Jesus came and actually became God in flesh. Now we have the history of the Bible, Gods Word to tell us of how He appeared. As spirit how does God relate to us??? It often seems much of the time like God is silent absent not able to be reached Why is this??? As spirit He is always present right??? There is nowhere we can go and escape His presence right??? Why then do we so often experience Him as missing in action emotionally.relationally spiritually and even mentally???

I pose these questions in this way to elicit feedback and just ignite discussion. I have alot of thoughts on this but would love very much to be challenged about them by whoever chooses to share their own undestanding on the matter. I gratefully await all sharing to come.


At 10:56 AM, Blogger bjk said...

I have read and reread your post your questions...good ones and ones I don't have a clue how to even give an opinion on for fear of appearing stupid...this one though "Why then do we so often experience Him as missing in action emotionally.relationally spiritually and even mentally???"

comes down to what B asked me this morning about 'experiences'...do we experience Him as missing or is it simply our limited perspective or perception that makes us think He's gone??
I can't help but simply come up with more questions and maybe that's what a discussion is anyway...Thanks for opening this up Robert and THANKS for your encouragement....b


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