At the end of his latest blog, “How would you define God?” Tim Mitchinson asks, “What good would a trip through the mountains be with our eyes shut?” He then goes on to say “The landscape of Love is right before us, only awaiting our attention to reward us with new views.” Read more about how Tim defines God in his blog first published in the Peoria Journal-Star on December 7, 2016.
The Huffington Post asked its readers to define God in one word. Their top ten responses were: 10) Omnipotent; 9) Fiction; 8) Nonexistent; 7) Almighty; 6) Imaginary; 5) Amazing; 4) Creator; 3) Awesome; 2) Everything and 1) Love. That certainly is a range of answers, and would seem very contradictory and even confusing. How can there be so many different definitions of the same thing?
I remember a time when I took my family to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. My son was driving up a mountain on a very narrow road, and the rest of us were looking out at the scenery. Each one saw something different. I commented, “Wow! Look at the snow!” My wife remarked about the waterfalls. My daughter loved the trees. My son kept his eye on the road! We all looked at the same scenery and the same location, but each of us marveled at something different.
Could that explain such varying views of God? In the Bible, David calls God Shepherd; John defines Him as Love; and Jesus refers to Him in the Lord’s Prayer as the Father of all of us. It would seem that although God is universal, even those who believe in Him understand him in individual ways. Maybe that’s because one’s personal experience of God (or lack thereof) often determines one’s concept of Him. But God is more than our human experience of Him. And a deeper view of the Infinite Being can open the door past our limited experience of Him into new, spiritual concepts not only of God, but also of ourselves and our world.