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One main reason I write is to encourage people to think about and discuss their spirituality more openly. I think people are less inclined to do so because God-folks don’t have open conversations without agendas and certain views about God of the Bible turn people away. Religious people did that as well in biblical times. I write about what I am convinced God is really like. Jesus defined spirituality as simply loving others as you want to be loved. Becoming more spiritual-minded is essential for a better world.
I do not wish to discourage anyone in their beliefs about God. I understand some of my writings may be upsetting to some and I am not suggesting you continue to read what I have written. I also know that certain characterizations of God can discourage others from seeking God. For those I hope you might read some thoughts that you haven’t heard about God as you work out with God your understanding of the Creator.
Honestly, I write mostly for myself in thinking what God may really be like. Writing is conversing with God to hopefully continue to become a better husband, father, friend, and neighbor. If my understanding of God helps others, all the better! God’s unimaginable love and not gloomy uncertain of God’s favor is what truly inspires acts of selfless love toward others.
I grew up being taught certain beliefs about God that prevented a closer relationship. I have come to know God is very much like me as a parent – concerned about a love relationship. My passion is to help remove stumbling blocks that may prevent others from getting to know what God is really like. I am convinced the God of the Bible I have come to understand is worth getting to know.
We can know in our hearts what God is like without the Bible, just as rational people can agree on evil and non-evil. But, if the Bible can stand the literary test as being God’s words of guidance it can make our relationship even richer with God. I will reference the Bible some or not at all to relate to those familiar or not familiar with the Bible. But, the Bible can be used to claim anything. If we are made in God’s likeness, we are not totally clueless about God’s character.
Beliefs matter personally and relationally. Certain beliefs can turn us and others we speak to toward or away from God. Let’s discuss our views gracefully to work out our convictions with as much consistency as possible. I am convinced our Creator deeply desires to have a relationship with each one of us, thus empowering us to love others as we want to be loved.
What I Believe Tab Above
I would love if you read this Page first. It states my current beliefs that I hope will whet your appetite to continue to read further. I confess that I write about the same general convictions about God from different angles. Our understandings about God affect our attitudes about God which can hinder pursuing spirituality
The Q & A Series Tab Above:
Brief articles on all I have written and a list of longer articles written
Reflections Tab Above:
List the Posts I have written over the years and date which can be found in archives
My Books Tab
List the main books I have written on what God is really like as well as my brief book on God, Evil, and Suffering
The Beliefs Reformation tab has links to brief positional articles on what I think God is really like. Click on above tabs Evil, Suffering and God, God Is Not A Mystery, God Desires Friendship as opposed to just obedience, Jesus Said What!, Religious Extremists, Marriage, and Parenting to find links to articles on those topics. For those familiar with Open Theology or Universalism click on those tabs.
In my books there are chapters on topics such as how evil, suffering, and God’s goodness coexist, does God favor men over women as leaders and teachers, is God really a hellish, sadistic torturer, is there a quota for getting in Heaven, is God obsessed with His own pleasure, is God a warmonger, why bother with prayer, and must we forgive our abusers who do not admit any wrongdoing.
I was skeptical of certain viewpoints I was taught or heard growing up about what God was really like. Since then I have sought answers. I think it is critical to explore spiritual matters. If there is a Creator then surely The Creator has insight into our purpose and how to be truly happy and look back on life with fewer regrets. I may be wrong regarding my interpretations of the Scriptures, but I pray you will be challenged to study and make your own conclusions. I believe once you get to know God the way I understand God, you will be totally satisfied.
The Letters To My Children tab was written to my children over the years. Kids, you can run but you can’t hide! I have tried to resist going back and editing them. I don’t think there is anything terribly embarrassing. Parents can’t just sit down with their children and lecture them about things we wish them to consider. I wanted my children and perhaps their children to know what I believed in. Parents reading the letters might consider how they can reach out to their children to leave a legacy for their children and future generations. Let’s be honest though. If parents wish to have the greatest impact on their children, it is not through the spoken or written word but by just “spending time spending time with them.” That was easy for me. As a teenager I dreamed of having children and loving them as my heavenly Parent loved me. If you knew my children, you would say I got it easy. We don’t always agree, but they are a joy to be with.