What Kind of God Don’t You Believe In?

There are many reasons for not believing.

Rick Knight

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I don’t believe in god!
I have heard those words spoken often. It is not necessarily a bad thing to say. There are many people that do not believe in God, who have valid reasons why one would not believe. I am never surprised at such a statement, and I always look forward to chatting about it.

I am interested to know what kind of God it is that they do not believe in. The answers can be varied:

Perhaps it is a God who says He is loving, yet carelessly allows people to hurt each other.
Maybe it is a God who has condemned people for their actions, and sentenced them to hell.
Maybe it is a God who seems to play favorites.
One could say that he knows believers, and their lives are less inviting than the worst people he knows.
A God who contradicts himself, thus having no validity.
A God who says He is all powerful and all knowing, yet does not solve the world’s problems.

If your answers fall under any of the ones listed, I have to say that I agree. I don’t believe in such a God either! I do, however, believe in God.

We humans have the tendency of taking an entity and redefining our own way.

This has happened over and over with the subject of who God is. Masses of people have believed in an incorrectly defined God. The result of this can be that they never get to know God personally, because their presupposition of who He is filters their perception of who He really is.

So, yes, I agree. But let’s take another look at our list.

Perhaps it is a God who says He is loving, yet carelessly allows people to hurt each other. (It is true that God allows it, but it is not without His care for people. Imagine a world in which a god controlled the actions and thoughts of man. It would be a world without ideas, creativity, and even pain. A placid, mechanical utopia, perhaps.)
Maybe it is a God who has condemned people for their actions, and sentenced them to hell. (The Bible speaks of a God who gave His son as the one to take that condemnation. There is no condemnation for anyone

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Rick Knight

Husband, dad, grandpa, educator, and missionary. Now I write what I’ve learned about people, life, and being connected spiritually.