God – in 200 words or less

At the beginning of this month, I wrote a post labeled “Two Question Christianity.” In that article I suggested that there were two main questions that Christians should consistently ask themselves: 1) What is this scripture saying about who God is and 2) How do I respond to this God?

While both of these questions are important, I believe that the first question is superior to the second one. Modern psychology has so infiltrated Christianity that an overemphasis on self often occurs in our theology. This can lead to an anthropomorphic view of God (i.e., making God in our image) and an idolization of our selves. But when we begin with who God is, we place Him both at the center of Christianity and as the starting point for answering the second question. In other words, He defines us and our actions, not the other way around.

Therefore, over the next two weeks I will be breaking from my usual pattern of writing one to two entries a week and will post something every day that helps answer the question “What is this scripture saying about who God is?”

However, trying to “define” God can get cumbersome and wordy. That is why I am going to try to follow the advice of one of my former professors and keep these articles short. It will be difficult, but I am going to attempt to write each post in 200 words or less. Good theology should be concise and clear. I hope to accomplish both of these goals. Still, 200 words is not a lot, and if you see anything in the verses that you want to add (or ask), please feel free to do so in the comments section.

At the end of the series, depending on responses from you, we may explore the same scriptures, just with a focus on question #2, or we may continue on with new topics altogether.

I hope you find this series helpful. The first post will be coming out later today. May God bless you as you seek to know Him more.

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