What Do We Mean When We Use the Word God?

by | Apr 30, 2020

“I understand God to be the energy, the glue, the force, the life, the power, and the source of all we know to be the depth, fullness, and vitality of life from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows and everything in between.” – Rob Bell

What do we mean when we use the word god? The simplest understanding may be “something bigger than ourselves” or as a “higher power.” Those phrases could be understood as a spiritual being that interjects itself into our lives and the world for various purposes. Others may understand “higher power” in more spiritual terms – a force or presence that empowers us, comforts us, and gives us guidance. Finally, some believe in a higher power in moral or ethical terms – a framework of rules or principles or a philosophy worthy of living our lives by.

For some, connecting with God simply means feeling a comforting and empowering presence through experiencing nature, exercising, and/or having a great conversation with a friend.

In the Christian tradition we understand who/what God is through Jesus. If Jesus’ teachings and actions are about love, forgiveness, and compassion, then we can know and love God by being more loving, forgiving, and compassionate.

Regardless of what one believes about who or what God is, we want to help you clarify that understanding for yourself.

Reflect through writing, video, audio, or art your image of God or a higher power. How does that image influence the way you see the world? How does that image give you guidance and purpose?

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