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No God Up Over Us…Where Then God?

August 24, 2016

God Going Rogue

NO GOD UP OVER US?…is that what the prophets were leading up to?…that God has no desire to be on a pedestal for us?  …that God would rather be WITH US than OVER US on any given day?

That God has no desire to be UP OVER us?

Do we even think to wonder what God desires in this regard?

…so busy are we guarding and defending those parts of holy scriptures which claim and insist that God has made “His” desires abundantly clear…

…as if God is no longer with us and all we have to go by is his last will and testament.

 Our desire for a god-up-there is every bit as strong as the ancients’ belief in idols. 

The ancients were not stupid; they knew the world to be an ever-changing place over which they had little control.

Idols were the ancient psychotherapeutic tools to keep…

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Maybe God’s a White Supremacist?

April 21, 2018

When theology portrays God as a “Supreme Being” in a hierarchical relationship over and above all HIS children…in a Church where clergy expect to be treated as representatives of this image of God…shouldn’t we expect “White Supremacy” to blossom in the Church as if it were God’s Will?

God Going Rogue…

Is God in charge of hurricanes and floods or even good weather?

September 4, 2017

“God is systematically destroying America,” the Rev. John McTernan, a conservative Christian pastor who runs a ministry called USA Prophecy, said in a post-Sandy blog entry that has since been removed. The reason God was so peeved, he claimed, was “the homosexual agenda.”

via Where are the condemnations of Harvey as God’s punishment? | Religion News Service

Is God Bloodthirsty?

July 9, 2017

Yes, as you say, Bishop Owensby, Jake…”just maybe, when we’ve changed our minds about God, we will change our minds about each other. ”

We also work and write to change the way we see God so that the world might turn from its “blood thirsty” and vengeful image of humanity because WE each and all of us have come to see God differently.

You and your readers might be interested in WHO GOD IS NOT and PAINTED PONDERINGS and a few other blogs like God Going Rogue and Rite Beyond Rome here on WordPress.
We will definitely put a link to your blog on our sites.
Blessings on you and your followers and readers,
Sister Lea and Sister Consilia

Jake Owensby

Imagine that you are surrounded by people who assume that you have to give acceptable sacrifices to the gods—the gods who control harvests and herds, for instance—to keep the gods on their side.

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He’ll Never Do It Again!

May 19, 2017

YES, This is WHO GOD IS NOT: “The God…that condones violence against our enemies as part of a divine plan. Women become devout followers of Jesus because they can say of their abusers,’we forgive them, they know not what they do’.”

AND YES, “Abuse, forgiveness, abuse, forgiveness,….that is not how love works,…that is not how peace comes about…that is a cycle that has to end. Divine revelation is incomplete until the silence of God breaks out in a new word….STOP!

With this word God calls the human family to put an end to its violence toward one another.”

Painted Ponderings

img_0168Expecting Violence Everywhere

Domestic violence must not be kept hidden.  Women and children victims carry hidden scars throughout their entire lives. The experience distorts their understanding of love, since it is executed and excused in a guise of parental/romanic love.

At every level of society silence and shame give great cover for the abusers. Our rape culture, drug and alcohol addiction, are logical offspring of the self doubts and the sense of powerlessness left in the  victims of domestic violence.  Perhaps the ability to remain silent toward violence in our homes conditions us to tolerate ongoing abuse and violence on an international scale.

Thousands of years of violent histories cause one to question where God stands on the matter of violence.  The story of salvation, is riddled with broken promises of peace and demands for forgiveness. The God  portrayed in our sacred stories and liturgical dramas, stands idly by, threatens violent punishment for transgressions, and condones violence against our enemies as part of a…

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GOD Has a Right to Kill Human Babies?

August 28, 2016

What are we to make of the fact that nature is designed by its Creator to abort most zygotes?

Do we really have sound reason, as not a few “pro-lifers” maintain, to declare that anyone who procures the abortion of a just-fertilized zygote is guilty of the heinous crime of murder — when, in the natural course of things as nature itself is designed by the Creator, most zygotes will abort? Naturally so.

DOES GOD HAVE THE RIGHT TO KILL HUMAN BABIES?  Being the Divine Creator of the Universe, Divine Hierarch over and above all, then, maybe YES?

What kind of God is this?  Or do we need to re-think our ideas of God?

Quote above: via Bilgrimage: When We Already Know That Every Zygote Is a Baby, Why Waste Time Looking at Scientific Evidence? A Footnote

Garden Sin of Origin, Original Sin?

August 8, 2016

Maybe God sees our Bible Story of Adam and Eve very differently than we think it to be…

Rite Beyond Rome

Garden Sin of Origin (audio version)


 Before sin, Adam and Eve walked and talked with God, freely and openly—no boundaries.  Suddenly God sets limits.
“Don’t eat of this tree.” “This tree is My space.”

Suddenly love defines differently. No longer you = me or me = you in womb-like comfort. Homey oneness get a push away to make room for ego-separateness, for self, for one’s transcendent mystery, for God’s transcendent mystery.

For Adam and Eve, womb-like intimacy gets a jolt and ego is born infantile.
“Poor me, God is not sharing everything with me. God must be holding something back so He can be over me. I am deprived. Let me eat of the tree and I shall be like God.”

Original Sin—Invading God’s Space…Violating Transcendence?

“Do not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.”   Was it a test? Or was God defining…

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