I Like it, so God Would Like it Too!

We seem to view God as we view ourselves...The Mockingbird blog has an interesting piece on our moral compass, drawing the conclusion that many observers of Christianity have also drawn: that we have indeed created God in our own image (to some extent) and many of us believe that God would hold the same beliefs that we ourselves hold.

“People may use religious agents as a moral compass, forming impressions and making decisions based on what they presume God as the ultimate moral authority would believe or want. The central feature of a compass, however, is that it points north no matter what direction a person is facing. This research suggests that, unlike an actual compass, inferences about God’s beliefs may instead point people further in whatever direction they are already facing.”

Read the whole article here.

(By the way, I love the picture they used–I often look in the mirror and imagine I am mightier, better-looking, and far more of a catch than I am!)

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One thought on “I Like it, so God Would Like it Too!

  1. Jon, I often use this with my students at Tabor Adelaide to stress the importance of doing good biblical exegesis. The process of trying to work out what Luke (or Paul, or Isaiah) thought helps to challenge what we think and gives us a chance to move a little closer to what God thinks. Just picking up the Bible and asking “what does this means to me?” [often called, “reader response”] is likely to lead us to confuse God’s views with ours. Exegesis doesn’t guarantee hearing God’s voice – we are too egocentric for that – but it does give us a chance to challenge our assumptions about what God thinks about things. Stephen

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