The last way of thinking about God that we will be discussing in the series "What do we talk about, when we talk about God" is God as event.
So when an event takes place in your life, the way you see the world changes, in a sense, absolutely nothing has changed and yet absolutely nothing remains the same.
Usually it is prophets -or in the words of Jacques Lacan - symptoms that we must listen to that keeps on challenging us to these moments of change. For if you are caught up in your glory days, a nudge will be missed... The nudge is where God is, God is present in the event, when you love your neighbour, when you wash your enemies feet, when you forgive, when you change.
It is therefore of the utmost importance that we keep it real, keep on reforming , being born again, again, again and again.
God as Event. This Sunday at Alpine, 6pm.
When we think of God as a being we tend to wonder where it all started and where God is at this moment? Is he in heaven, sitting on his throne?
God as ground of being brings us to a point where we need to start to discover God as a more than only the big guy in the sky.
Join in this Sunday as we ask the question if God is not in the sky then where can he be found?
This coming Sunday we will explore God as hyper-being.
The Christian mystics would say that God is the name we give to a hyper-being, a being that cannot be conceptualised. Where God as super-being, or a being, can be defined and studied as an object, though a larger more amplified object or version of ourselves, God as hyper-being cannot be studied and defined.
"God is that than none greater can be conceived' - Anselm
Anselm explains God as not the greatest being we can think of, but the greatest we cannot think of. In other words, I can think that there is something great, but I can also think that there is something that is greater than I can think of.
Join us this Sunday as we dig into this idea of God
18:00 for 18:30 Alpine Boutique Hotel
This Sunday we will be talking about one way, a very common way actually of viewing or thinking about God,
God as a super being…
One example of this is when people tend to cry out to God to come and intervene, ie. 'If you are up there God, please come and help me with my exam"
This view basically places God as a bigger, better, perfect version of ourselves. For example, if we can know, then God knows everything, if we can love, the God loves perfectly.
This super being lives out there, and comes down and intervenes and rescues every now and again, if we pray, sing, worship etc.
The question then, if this is our view of God, our language for describing God, what does that do to our day to day lives? Our churches?
Have a SUPER DAY… and see you on Sunday, 18:00, Alpine
Have you read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, or at least seen the movie? I hope you have. If not, go and watch it right now and come back. Life is too short not too have experienced it.
The Hitchiker's guide to the galaxy has an interesting back story though, beyond just being hilariously funny. The author, Douglas Adams, describes himself as a radical atheist and much of the book/s are clever critiques on religion and philosophy. Such as the fictional character, Oolon Colluphid, with his three books in the pic below.
Who is God?
So, this is the question we want to tackle in the next four Sundays. More precisely, we want to look at how we think and talk about God . We all have a picture or a metaphor that comes up when we hear the word 'God'? What is yours? Is there another way to think about it? We want to explore and ask questions about the different ways people have structured their thoughts and theologies around who God is, and how God is. (Theology Proper for those academics amongst us).
Some of the thoughts might surprise. Do we look at God as super-being, hyper-being, ground of being, or as event? Is God merely an amplified version of ourselves? Is God everything that we wish to be, but aren't? Or is it all together different?
The next four Sundays
So from now till the last Sunday in Feb, this will be our focus. Come and join us, bring some friends, and let's fire it up. 18:00 for 18:30 Sundays, at Alpine Hotel
*Title of this post is a title of a book by Rob Bell -What we talk about when we think about God', and also another great read is: How (not) to speak of God - Peter Rollins