The recent responses by readers about the contraversy created by the archbishop of Cincinnati to bar Sister of Charity Louise Akers from teaching catechetics because of her public support of women's ordination in the Catholic church (see National Catholic Reporter http://ncronline.org/news/women/archbishop-explains-why-he-barred-nun-catechist) are a typical example of how divisive and militant the Catholic Church has become on the question of Tradition and faith. It would seem that for some conservative Catholics God takes a back seat to Church dogma while a more liberated segment is searching for a God who does not seek favours or offer reward for the ‘right’ answers.
Accordingly, I wonder what God we are following today and does he/she fall into any of the following categories? Perhaps you have many more such challenging images and would be willing to share them.
My God can only be found in strict obedience to my religion
To be Holy means to follow strict religious traditions and rules
God’s truth is only revealed in Tradition and Holy Scripture
God’s truth is not revealed outside your particular religious belief, i.e., Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Budhism, etc.
Only the Catholic Church posesses the ‘fullness of the Truth’
God will only love me when I am completely remorsefull and confess my sins
God will only love me when I attend my religious services on a regular basis
God walks away from the sinner
God hates a sinner
God punishes those who do not obey His will for them
God created us in His image therefore he looks exactly like the man painted by Michael Angelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
At the end of time God will seperate the sinner from the just and cast the sinner into hell for all eternity
God wills that the forces of good and evil engage in a final battle to determine who will join him in heaven and who will be condemned to a fiery hell
God condemns all sexual perverts, including gays, lesbians, etc.
God condemns those who did not follow the ten commandments
Satan is a seperate entity and wants to steal your soul and is totally responsible for all the evil in the world
No one who does not know Jesus will get to heaven
God condemns people who are Pro-Choice
God condemns people who have committed suicide
The Bible is the direct word from God and without error
New Age is an instrument of the devil (Satan)
God rewards only those who perform good deeds
God wants us to evangelize so that everyone will become members of my particular religion
God punished Doctors and nurses who perform abortions
People who have not been baptized cannot enter heaven
God’s salvation will only be realized upon my death, providing I have confessed my sins
Good things and miracles can only happen to people who are ‘holy’
God keeps a record of all my wrong and right doings
If I or anyone else is suffering, it is God’s will
If my prayers are not answered it is because I have not prayed properly
God does not answer prayers from people who have sinned
Celibacy is a church tradition, not a gift from God who does not desire married clergy
Sex between married couples must be reserved for pro-creation
Jesus was a Jew who founded the Christian Church
Priestly ordination is only for men and not a gift from God which women could also enjoy
God does not have a sense of humour
Masturbation is a sin
Missing Mass is a sin
God is more interested in my sins than my potential
No one can be following God if they are not members of a religious community.
Putting your conscience ahead of religious beliefs, i.e., dogma, doctrine, etc. is a heresy and a sin
Is it not time for us as adults to embrace a God who loves us unconditionally and created us for the benefit of all humankind?