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Why I am Writing the Bible from a Female Perspective

Understanding God’s wrath as God letting us choose our own way has made all the difference. So much that I’m writing the Bible from a female, family- systems therapy perspective to show that God is all good with no evil in Them at all–Abba, Adonai (Jesus), and Ruach (Hebrew for Spirit). I mean think about it–it changes every churchy thing. If God’s worst anger is respecting our right to choose not to be loved by Them, and letting us walk away, what is there to fear? Then the fear of God becomes not only reverence but adoration.

Then God becomes Three beings you want to spend forever with because you can’t wait! You want to be with them! You begin to know how They love you–like there is no one else in the world. You begin to experience Their sweet, personal, tender love if you make time for Them. Intimacy is not sex, it is safety, the foundation of love and trust.

Writing has been so exciting–difficult at times–but Ruach always comes through for me. I want to live in Their perfect love that casts out all fear and I want that for you too. That is my passion. For everyone to see the God of the Bible as three all-good amazingly loving beings. God who wants to have a personal, daily love affair with you; you don’t ever have to be alone again.

But, you say, what about the bad stuff? The deaths in the Bible, the unanswered prayers? My own unanswered prayers? That is because we live in a war. God is opposed and the war is over His (Their) character. Is He good? Is He fit to rule the universe? God is so good They never pull Satan’s covers, They let him expose himself–which he did at the cross getting humans to kill Jesus. God won the war in the eyes of the watching universe then. But God’s adversary has tried to make it look like God killed Jesus so He didn’t have to kill you (more fear).

But how would that solve God’s problem of bringing us back into oneness? (Jesus prayer for us in John 17.) It wouldn’t. And that is not what God was doing. They were trying to bring back Their extended family. Jesus death demonstrated (after 4,000 years of war on this planet, and taking huge risks of interventions when They almost lost the war in the flood) that God’s love was unselfish –One of Them came to take responsibility for creating a world where something could go wrong and make it right by winning back the power to give us life by going through death.

Let me simplify it. the cross showed three things: that God is good, that Satan is evil, that sin will kill you. It killed even God when He allowed.

Satan is responsible for all the evil we have here–though he could only work through getting one of us to choose. It is how he still works.

Now let me make a timely point. I wish I had heard the Ted Talk weeks ago that I listened to  again today. I would love to see the total solar eclipse. I knew it was the way scientists, as early as 1919, learned about our universe, but I didn’t know the particulars and thought I wouldn’t get anything from it. But in this Ted Talk, David, who says he doesn’t believe in God, experienced awe. The awe of seeing our solar system in the sky. Now I so want to see it! It so shows the goodness of God to give us a little window on our universe! To let us see that things are so much bigger than we imagine or understand. Poor shamed Copernicus. I wonder if he saw a total eclipse? God has been reaching out in this and so many ways to let us know Their goodness. We just have to want to listen and understand.

 

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A New View of God’s Wrath

 

Don’t you love Psalm 16:11? “In your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Wouldn’t you love to live in the joy and pleasure of God’s presence continually?

That is my goal. Most of my adult life I’ve been undoing the effects of growing up in  church, or so I thought.

I was afraid of God, and thought it was what I learned at church and church school. Recently I’ve begun to question that perception. I think it was because I read the Bible too young. The Old Testament and some of the New is not for young, superficial readers. I got scared. I knew God loved me, but I was afraid of Him.

I wanted to be perfect, and my mother wanted me to be also. She wanted that for all her children, and she modeled a real and loving relationship with God. She’d known Him personally ever since her baptism at 12, when she had a personal experience with Him.

My personal experiences with God started when I was six on a perfect late summer morning when I was alone outside imagining God. In my early twenties I had an amazing experience of understanding salvation by faith when I experienced God’s joy, and in my mid twenties I was alone over a holiday and made an experiment of being with God. It was beautiful.

I had a faith venture in my late twenties that was amazing, and having my daughter just before 30 showed me God’s love in an incredible way. I don’t think I had ever really loved before.

But still the fear of God continually haunted me–stalked me.

Through the death of my little brother God carried me. All through my divorce He was right beside me holding my hand. At the beginning of graduate school, God shared a new perspective on Luke 9:23-25 that opened up scripture, and it was about then that I decided I had to address my concept of God. I had to deal with the fear. My masters project was looking at the parenting of God in all 66 books of the Bible. That helped.

But what really caused a revolution was studying the wrath of God and discovering what it was. You wouldn’t think understanding God’s wrath would take away fear. Romans 1 launched it, and Isaiah and Jeremiah clinched it. There I found that the wrath of God was nothing more than God letting us have our own way! Letting us leave Him.

If you understand our context–living in a war zone with broken human natures and freedom, and an enemy that loves to destroy us–that is scary. But it begin to relieve my fear of God.

In a Bible study about ten years ago, I was thrilled to read 1John 1:4 and put it together with Genesis 3:15, and discover there is no evil in God. God is not capable of evil. Since then, I have found three other scriptures that say the same thing. And according to James, God doesn’t even test or tempt us. He doesn’t do bad to get good.

You may have known that your whole life, but for me it was huge. I’m embarrassed to admit it now. But the things I read in scripture always made me wonder. You can even understand the cross as God killing Jesus, if you look at it wrong. It’s all perspective and our perspective is often skewed, tweaked or filtered especially by people who claim to know Him but don’t.

This one thing has made all the difference. I’ll explain more next time.

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