Thursday, January 29, 2015

Speaking for God?

I've noticed, both in conversations and in books, that there are quite a few people who seem to be on a permanently connected cellphone line with God. Or, they seem to think they are. My book club recently read Marianne Williamson's Everyday Grace. The content was not remarkable, but I noticed that the tone seemed to be one of the author telling us what God thinks. Maybe that was not the intent, but that is how it came across to me. It occurred to me that I've read a number of books with a similar tone, and in fact, have encountered quite a few people who seem to think they know exactly what God is thinking and what God will or will not do in every situation.

I don't know about you, but I think that's a bit over the top. I certainly do not know what most people are thinking at any given time, and far be it from me to assume I know God to that degree. At most, I think we can speak to our own experience of God and how the relationship as we perceive it impacts our life, but to speak with authority about what God will or won't do bothers me. Do you speak for God?

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