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How Do We Know God is Good?

How do we know that God is good? How do we know God at all really? Aren't his credentials and references a little too good?

Let's face it: Easter time is really over. The more liturgical churches (like mine) might still be on Easter mode, but the bunnies, the eggs and the chocolate is on sale, and we have to wait till Thanksgiving for another big shopping spree.

With Easter time gone—we also see some people gone until Christmas time. They came, they sat through the service (someone told me one family talked through it about the Boston Bruin season) and its holiday times now.

While frustrating for ministers like me, on some level I can relate. Easter is a high for church folks—anyone who saw our celebration knows what I am talking about. It's great, and fun—but how long can you stay high? The questions get to you one way or another: is this for real? How can we know this is true? And more importantly: how can we know that God is good? With all these tragedies, how can we still say that God is good? Aren't his credentials and references a little too good? I mean—lets face it, he wrote them himself (well, kinda).

This week's readings cover the famous Jesus line: "I am the good shepard." And then the line: "The sheep (that's us) know me because they recognize my voice."

Really? How can we know God? How do you know and experience God's voice? Do you at all? Let me know!

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Anne Dixon May 04, 2012 at 12:49 PM
There are so many ways I hear God's voice. It sometimes is as quiet as a deep sense of love that embraces me in my inmost being-an unconditional love that warms me the way no person could and that emanates out to the world, blessing and healing. One time I heard His voice audibly saying I had a much higher purpose as I was about to jump out the widow. This was a kind voice and it led me to find what my higher purpose was in everything I did. It changed my life. Other times I hear this voice in everything I see. And at night I hear this voice telling me what I really am, and it heals me and protects me.
Jim Lemire May 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM
great question I have been asking for many years. what kind of being creates other beings to worship him? he loves you and if you don't love him back you get eternal pain and suffering in hell. would you sign off onthat marriage contract?
Kazimierz Bem May 15, 2012 at 11:57 PM
That's not exactly how this works. God loves you, and when you love God back, God wants you to worship him. To turn the tables on you Jim, what kind of love is it, when you say 'I love God' but I wont do anything to show it? All you have to do is turn on the TV to see thousands of people saying 'I love you' and doing the exact opposite. Talk is cheap. God says - show me.

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