I know it’s cliche, but I’m going to try for some “resting” on Sundays. We’ll see how long at lasts. But for now, I think on Sundays I’ll try and point your attention to some worthy blog posts that have impacted me, regardless of their vintage. Today I have something tasty from my friend Kevin Beck.
“Rudolf Bultmann was a great German theologian of the twentieth century. In his sermon entitled Concerning the Hidden and Revealed God, Bultmann imparts this profound wisdom. “If we want to see God, then the first thing we should say to ourselves is that we may not see him as we have conceived him. We must remind ourselves that he may appear to be wholly other than the picture we have made of him.”
Meister Eckhart made a similar observation more than half a millennium earlier when he prayed, “God, save me from God.”
We all have ideas of who God is, where God is, what God is. Our thinking about God is informed by personal experiences and cultural phenomena—as much or even more than our reading of sacred scripture. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It is just unavoidable, and in some cases it may be even helpful…”