Rejecting the God of the Child
I have had a number of people tell me that they rejected God when they were a child. When someone says this in most cases what they rejected was not the true God but rather the wrappings of religion or a child’s view of God. For a child, most of religion does not make sense, especially the so-called worship service where the seated child’s feet are hanging in midair, and someone is preaching a message above their heads about a subject they are not much interested in.
Some children as they grow into adolescence confuse or equate the rejection of religion with the rejection of belief in God. However, it is quite doubtful that any child would have the intelligence and the experiences of life to reject a mature view of the deity which their young minds are incapable of conceptualizing. In most cases, what they reject is an anthropomorphic or personal corporal view of God, i.e. God is a man sitting upon a throne in heaven. Of course, this picture thinking of God as a man would’ve been rejected by many if they had matured in their faith anyway. The adult mind understands that the spiritual (unseen), and the physical are linked by metaphors and symbols that cannot be taken literally. This is not only true in religion but in science as well. I am still astonished at the number of atheists who cannot or refuse to look at these concepts metaphorically.
It may be time to rethink your beliefs about the unseen with your adult mind. Try to think of God as pure spirit or pure personality. If you are into reason try super consciousness. If you’re into morality try thinking of him as the highest good. If you are into relationships try thinking of him as pure love. The Apostle John did refer to Him as love. “God is love”. However, remember that anything that we compare God within our human experience will fall short of the reality. God is greater than any mortal mind can imagine so at best we must use metaphors and similes to speak of him. Otherwise, he would not be God. If you want to know more about the true God check out my blog lyleduell.me