I believe God is a Father, and He is Love. – That’s my picture!
If God is real, then I believe human existence doesn’t even make sense outside of this context.
No more than my own children’s existence makes sense outside of the context of me being a father, and my wife being a mother.
Love is the reason we had children. Nobody held a gun to our heads, nor yours if you have children.
We didn’t have children because we needed the lawns mowed or the dishes done, did you?
Children don’t do dishes anyway! They create them.
Something deep within me has a lot of love to give, so much so, that I can love more than one child at a time.
Because deep within me, and you, is a father / mother.
And according to the book of Genesis, we are made in His image.
Father creates father in His likeness.
I see no genuine reason to have children outside of the context of Love.
So isn’t it interesting, that if you or I were to walk down any street and interview random people about what they think God is like, I bet the words Love and Father would likely be few and far between.
Look at one of the world’s largest religions for example, Islam.
In the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book there are 99 attributes of Allah
I have read these, and most of them seem to make sense, except for the missing ones.
Not one of the 99 attributes says Allah is love!
The closest is #47 which describes Allah as; the Loving, the kind one.
and not one of the 99 says Allah is a Father!
Why is this?
How does a religion like Islam with an estimated 1.6 billion people miss this?
Why is this even a somewhat vague topic amongst the estimated 2.4 billion Christians on the planet?
That’s a combined 4 Billion people!!
We can’t blame the bible…
Jesus refers to God as a father / his Father in almost every conversation.
The authors of the gospels which recount the life of Jesus have the tally of father mentions at over 150.
The new testament authors also make countless references to God, being not only the author of love, but love itself.
Here’s a ripper!
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. 1John 4:16-18
I often observe that it’s easier for someone outside of any religion at all to understand the context of God being both love, and a father.
I had a conversation with a guy just the other day who has zero religious background or knowledge, and seriously, in no more than 60 seconds I explained the concept that God is a father, and He is love.
His response was short and sincere; “Yeah, that makes total sense to me, I get it.”
I wish people were that receptive in church!
You know, there’s a million different reasons to explain everything that’s wrong in the world, but I simply see an absence of love. Not to mention an absence of fathering.
I don’t however see an absence of religion.