And does God have the attributes of a man ... is God really jealous, angry, retributive, demanding the impossible, changing His mind...?
Or is it that the humans, who, albeit inspired by God, yet wrote the scriptures from their own limited and skewed perspective..? Is it that they progressed from darkness into more and more clarity ... or is it that the immutable God changed, over time?
Did God really get saved sometime between Malachi and Matthew ..?!?
Jesus gives us a radically different view of God ... God is Spirit, God is personal, God is Father ... Abba, Daddy.
This was a shockingly too-familiar concept for the religious in Jesus' day ... how does it strike you, today?
Jesus also told us that in the Kingdom there is neither male nor female ... which means that God is neither ... and yet both male and female are made in God's image.
John, in his first epistle, says this about our relationship/connection with God:
4:17By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
I don't know how I missed it before, except that I believed what I was taught, but I'm now seeing that the Bible is a progressive unfolding of truth ... moving from murky-static understanding into a more Light-infused understanding ... with God continuously correcting our perspective of Him, of ourselves, of others.
Perhaps we will only see ourselves as we are, when we can bear to see Him as He is:
1 John 3:2 beloved, now, children of God are we, and it was not yet manifested what we shall be, and we have known that if he may be manifested, like him we shall be, because we shall see him as he is
Show us, God ... show us Yourself; show us ourselves. Increase our bear-ability...!