3 Views of God

#1 - God causes everything in order to teach us lessons. From raindrops to super storms, God manipulates every aspect and controls the circumstances. This view reveals a God who causes both good and evil in the world.
#2 - God is absent and un-involved. Everything happens on its own accord, and God is an observer rather than a participant in the world. This is the enlightenment view. This view reveals a God who can do something, but won't; or a God who wants to do something, but can't.

#3 - God works through circumstances and within history; not by controlling the details, but by working through and within the reality of every circumstance in conjunction with the will of people and the forces of nature. In this view, God's will is neither defined fundamentally by absolute control nor absolute absence, but by love. This view reveals a God willing to give up control in order to pursue authentic love; a God who would rather die than force a relationship.

"Thy will be done ..." ~ Excerpt from The Lord's Prayer
To pray this means to give up control

"I am with you always, even to the end of the age" 
God often gives us his presence in lieu of answers; valuing relationship over information.

Romans 8:38-39
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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