Unbelief is kind of the cultural vibe at the moment in the Western world. Doubt is the new black. Sociologists and demographers have coined a term for those with no religious affiliation: “the nones”. Written 45 years ago, John Lennon’s dreamy song, Imagine, has become a reality for “the nones” with its phrase “imagine no religion,” as has the classic R.E.M. anthem, Losing my Religion. We see atheist writers and speakers taking on celebrity status and even churches for people who don’t believe in God.
And yet, globally speaking, religious faith and devotion is on the up and shows no signs of slowing down. Most people in the world believe in God or gods and the vast overwhelming majority of people in the world believe in the reality of spiritual, non-material life. So really, the question globally is not so much “do you believe in God,” but rather, “What sort of God/gods do you believe in?”
It’s within this context that we are exploring over the next little while what sort of God Jesus reveals to us. We will ask questions of faith by starting with a negative: The God I don’t believe in. We want to thoughtfully and respectfully engage the erroneous caricatures of God that have become common in our culture. We want to ask: “what sort of God does Jesus reveal to humanity?” Maybe you do or don’t believe in God; either way, this series is for you.
Whoever you are and whatever you do or don’t believe about God, you are most welcome to come along to NightChurch at Kew Baptist, 5:30pm on Sundays. Perhaps you resonate with one of the images of God below? We would love you to hear what followers of Jesus really believe about God.
April 17 – The Arrogant God
How can Christians claim Jesus is the only way to God?
April 24 – The Intolerant God
Is faith just a repressive moral straitjacket?
May 1 – The Violent God
Doesn’t religion cause wars?
May 8 – The Uncaring God
How can God be good with so much suffering in the world?
May 15 – The Homophobic God
Does God really hate gay people?
May 22 – The Ignorant God
Hasn’t science disproved the existence of God?
June 19 – The Angry God
How can a loving God send people to hell?