Oh how often do we hear this tossed around by the fundamentalist "defenders of truth"?
This comes up often in my mind and seems to always set in motion some wonderful things to think about. It happened this morning after reading through a dialog on Amazon.com which involved a few folks who have expressed great concern with the book The Shack. And don't misunderstand me, I have no problem with people expressing a critical view of the book and it's content or any book for that matter. I think the conversation can be very helpful.
These days I'm left scratching my head trying to understand how the religions of the world hold to a view of God that seems to resemble how alienated humanity, men and women, act toward each other (exclusive, full of rage, longing to make others pay dearly for their mistakes...unforgiving, violent, and selective based upon what serves our desires best, and the list goes on.....) and can't see that maybe that is the height of humanity making God in our own image. Think about it. It just seems to me that the religious fundamentalists of the world have created a god that looks pretty much like they do.
And when others stand up and say "Wait a minute" and they present a God that is committed to reconciling back unto himself that which is lost because he loves them...REALLY LOVES THEM, the "defenders of truth" accuse those folks of attempting to make God in their own image.
Here's why that seems to be twisted to me these days. I can toss a stone into the air while standing in the crowd made up of humanity and pretty much be assured of hitting many people who more closely resemble the god of religious fundamentalism and sadly would be hard pressed to hit someone that acts like the God represented in the book The Shack.
So I'm left with this question. What would a god made in our image really look like? If we really make him in our image he really wouldn't be loving and full of grace and mercy now would he?