Brandon W. Peach on Are You Wrongly Projecting Characteristics Onto God That Don’t Belong to Him?

When we look at God, what we often see is a product of our own human condition. This is natural and understandable, but it doesn’t reflect who God truly is. Rather, what we seem is sometimes a reflection of our own insecurities, doubts, worries, failures, pain and guilt. When we see God, do we see who He truly is, or is He a substitute?

Here are some characteristics we project onto God that don’t belong to him.

1. Thoughtlessness

Our God is thoughtful always, and full of good thoughts of us. The Psalmist says, “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand.” He continues, “I awake, and I am still with you.” This verse might as well read, “How precious are your thoughts of me.”

God never tires of thinking of you. As Catholic mystic Angelus Silesius said, “If God stopped thinking of me, He would cease to exist.” While we humans can be careless and thoughtless, God never is, and His thoughts are precious treasures when demonstrated to us through Scripture and revelation.

2. Cruelty

Cruelty may be rendered as “inhumanity,” and God—being a divine Person—is incapable of inhumanity. The character trait of cruelty, maliciousness or barbarism is as foreign to God as evil itself. God is the opposite of cruel, and His kindness is known throughout the generations. As Titus put it in the third chapter of his epistle, “But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us.”

3. Discrimination

The word “discrimination” is a difficult one, because we know that God favors those who believe in and call on Him—but does He discriminate? The answer is a resounding “no.” God loves all and desires for all to know Him. He welcomes every new child who chooses to believe regardless of their background, race, language, wealth or any other quality. Although we may discriminate in ways we don’t even realize, God’s generous love is free to all who will accept it, and His mercy is reserved even for those who don’t know Him.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon W. Peach