Bible Review 15:5, October 1999

The God of Real Life

Our modern bias toward a nonthreatening, friendly, loving and intimate God collapses before the robust, engaged and demanding God of the Bible.

By Anthony J. Saldarini

Bible Review

Western civilization craves simple, clear answers to the ills of life, to disappointment, failure, suffering, sickness and death. We are horrified by what we can’t control—disasters, genocide, social disorder. We like our God to be straightforward and comprehensible, to guarantee our well-being with logical consistency.

God, of course, doesn’t conform to this simplistic view any more than life does, and as the millennium turns, many people have rejected this sanitized modern version of God—and rightly so. Neither the Bible nor the communal traditions of Judaism and Christianity support such a childish image of God.

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