8-7-16 Is God Abusive?

August 26, 2016
Holy Spirit Coming From Both the Father and the Son, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56145 [retrieved August 26, 2016].

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Summary

“Is God Abusive?”
by Rev. Chase Peeples
Luke 12:41-48
August 6, 2016, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Among our many unhealthy ways of thinking about God are views that accept God as being violent and even abusive toward’s God’s children.  In Luke 12, Jesus shares a parable about a master who beats and ultimately cuts his unfaithful servants into pieces.  Throughout Christian history the master in this story has been understood as God.  How does this violent image of God square with the non-violent teachings of Jesus? But what if we’ve been reading it incorrectly?

Related quotation:

“The great thing about God’s love is that it’s not determined by the object. God does not love us because we are good. God loves us because God is good. It takes our whole lives for that to sink in because that’s not how human love operates.”
– Richard Rohr

Bible References

  • Luke 12:41 - 48

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