Have you ever wondered how Christians come to different views of God?
As it turns out, our experiences with God are important.
I’ve spoken with a lot of drug addicts over the years who have told me that the ultimate experience in life is getting high on heroin. To someone who has had this experience, the statement might seem true, because their experience may validate the belief. But for someone who hasn’t used heroin, the statement will seem false because there is no experience to validate it. The human mind is strongly biased in favor of that which we have personally experienced. It is equally biased against that which we have not. Our experiences shape our perceptions of the universe and its realities, including our views of God.
The question, though, is what we can do about it. I'd suggest three things:
- Search the Scriptures
- Allow God to speak to you
- Be open to experiences and growth
- Be gracious to your fellow believers
To be sure, not everything we see masquerading as “from God” actually is. And we need to be diligent (search the Scriptures). Still, we need to also be open to the possibility that our current understandings of God are, at best, incomplete and possibly flawed.
And, in doing so, allow God to grow us up into the image of His Son.
That leads to the question of application:
How have YOU grown in your understanding of God?
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