God's love

Proper 12

July 27, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Genesis 29:15-28
Reading 2: 
Psalm 105:1-11,45b
Reading 3: 
Romans 8:26-39
Reading 4: 
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
By Marti J. Steussy

Today’s Genesis reading continues a focus on Israel’s ancestors. This story, written before the idea of “Bible” was invented, probably wasn’t intended as religious instruction. It doesn’t mention God, doesn’t present us with good role models, and doesn’t have a lesson beyond “what goes around, comes around.” It’s a family story: “Remember old Jake? He was a real scrapper! Why, he’d even wrassle with God if he had the chance! But Uncle Laban took him down a notch…”

Perfect Love

Is God's love perfect?
Publication Month: 
March 2001
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Dr. Cobb's Response

The questioner notes that his or her way of thinking of God is farther from the tradition than is that of standard process thought. That is true. The reality of evil requires adjustment in either the thought of God's love or that of God's power. The questioner proposes that both should be modified. Just in terms of adjusting our thought of God to the reality of evil, that is a reasonable solution.

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