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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Whose God is Yours?

Updated on October 25, 2015

Which photo is a better rendition of God?

Perhaps we look to hard at what we call an image.
Perhaps we look to hard at what we call an image. | Source
If you take the word imagine and look at "image" that way instead then possibilities abound.
If you take the word imagine and look at "image" that way instead then possibilities abound. | Source

God is up to you.

We can read all the texts we want to get answers as to "who" God is. We can read all the sermons from a to z. We can study the Holy Books. But in there we cannot find what God is to us.

Many good folks will read or recite to you passages out of the Bible and say that that is what God is to everyone. How "head in the sand" is that? In our humble abode we have an almost over the top love affair with Jesus. We have several picture renditions of him hanging on the walls. They are the classics, an Ascension, one with him gently hanging out with a small child and that ever classic head shot of him looking near regal with long hair and a beard. But I got news for you, he very well may have looked like something totally different. Now this guy walked the earth and we still don't know now just what he looked like, how more so for God the Father.

There are two cool lines in the Bible that can send us off in two totally different directions. Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. And: 1 John 4:16 God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. ... God is love.
Those who live in God's love live in God, and God lives in them.

So if we choose to say that the above concepts are antagonistic to each other, we are just looking for problems. If we choose to read them as compatible we are looking for insight. If God is Love and He made us in his image - then we are Love. As plain as the rather large protuberance on my face. But where does that leave us for we are well to understand that there are hundreds of types of love and each person has their own feelings of love. Let us just say that there are well more than 100 billion different loves out there.


My elder son drew this of my younger son. It is strange kind of.

What rendition of love are we looking for, when it is right here right now in our hearts?
What rendition of love are we looking for, when it is right here right now in our hearts? | Source

Hey if millions of people can love, so can I.

The impossible made possible

Now we can see that there are many different kinds of love. But yet they are all the same. Of course you should be looking at this page and saying IMPOSSIBLE! For all to be different and yet the same is an impossibility. Yet it is so. I think one would have to be sequestered from society to have never heard these two terms: "With God all things are possible" and "Love makes all things possible". I don't think that they mean the same thing in our everyday parlance. Yet in reality they mean just that - the same thing. For some reason we have so anthropomorphised God that we think of God as a being. We are far better off conceptualizing God as pure energy, an energy of Love. Maybe I should swap out my pictures for ones resembling the sun. But those are of Jesus which is a whole other matter.

What is really cool here and fires me up is that this is one thing that even silly old lacking of discipline me can do. I can love. Even when I feel in pain or sickness I can still love. If we think about it, it kind of throws meditation and prayer out the window. Why would you practice those instead of just loving and being a part of God, no real need to talk to God for that would just be talking to a portion of yourself. No that is not deep, it is really easy to understand if you try with a little bit of love.

I carry my darling bride around in me all day long. She is a part of me. I think most understand what I mean by that and can relate. How much easier is it to carry around God in you as a part of you?


I just love this gal. Her notion of God was influenced by me, I hope I did good. She loves deep.

Walking down to the swimming hole like I did 55 years ago, now I take my children.
Walking down to the swimming hole like I did 55 years ago, now I take my children. | Source

Does this song fit here? You decide.

Can Life and God and Love be so simple?

It does not seem to me that it is that simple. Because it should not be that simple. If it were we would all just hold hands in our pajamas and bliss out into eternity. There must be something special about love that makes us need to strive and struggle.

I am going to say something right now that I do not think I will love me for saying, if you get my drift. Nothing worth having is free. There is no charge for love. And there is no requirement of us to receive God's love. So what the heck? How does free love cost us? Probably you know where I am going with this. It is impossible. When I earn someone's love it is priceless. My wife and I fell in love and oh boy I liked that feeling. But over years, through fights and adjustments and illness and poverty and wealth we are earning each other's love. That deep abiding lover produced a little boy who is a bundle of love but a lot of darned work. Worth every priceless moment. Without the struggles the love would not be as rich. So maybe we look back on prayer and meditation as the work that will pay the price for us to get more "in love" with love, which is to say God.

Do you think I am crazy?

Does this make any sense at all?

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The Bad News and the Good News.

Sin is a word that has been used way to much to declare that certain folks are going to Hell. Sin is not all that wild and crazy. Sin is getting out of sync with love. If it blocks your love don't do it. If in the long run it will hurt someone and is avoidable do not do it.

Repent means to turn around. It is that simple. Turn your back on all things not loving. If you cannot find love in doing something - change. One day we see our honey and are filled with love. The next we are not. Take my word for it, that is an inside job. It is not the circumstances that change you, it is in you. And I hope that today we reached some understanding that that thing in you is Love and that Love is God.

Whose God is it anyway? Or maybe for you it is "who's" God is it anyway? Now figuring that out is harder than grasping love. Who has love anyway? You and I do.You even have some of my God in you. So now maybe you can understand this old Christian when I say, Namaste.

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      Reynold Jay 18 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Nicely done-- answers and raises many question for this reader.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Reynold,

      When I write these they are gut wrenching. I think because I do not have answers or closures and I question my belief constantly. My son with a degree in philosophy tells me, "don't stop searching dad, or I will".

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      Ann Carr 18 months ago from SW England

      No one has answers but many questions; that is how it should be. You do not have all the answers but you certainly have a lot of thought and reasoning to make us search for the answers within ourselves and for that I thank you. You are wise and you know how the world and people tick; that is amazing. All power to your elbow, Eric!

      I'm sure this Sunday holds much love for you. You have some of mine winging across the pond.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann, I have an old nursery rhyme that is bad, only about 40 years old. Beans, beans the magical fruit the more you eat the more you toot. And I changed it for my children and we sing it: Love, love the magical thing, the more you give the more you bring. You bring it onto me. For that I thank you.

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      Ann Carr 18 months ago from SW England

      You are so welcome, Eric.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love your sermons. Maybe because you make perfect sense. Should I be worried about that? LOL

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Billy if you in any way align with my thoughts you should see a shrink, pay them the big bucks.

      I am in love with your honesty. Bitchin Cool bro.

      Let us keep checking the quail and dandelions and figure out our place in this marvelous space.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann you are good for everyone that I touch. I wrote my sister and I hope it was well received as intended. Thank you hun for your impetus, if we listen to good people life is better.

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      ahorseback 18 months ago

      Eric , you are one of those thinking men aren't you . Being a humbly non intelligent kind of guy , I falter with my faith in God at times , in my childish anger , in my anxiety , in my naiveté , I think he doesn't hear me at times . How foolish of me , good thing he forgives !...........Great writing as usual my man !

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      All I can say Ed is XOXOXOX

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      Ann Carr 18 months ago from SW England

      I'm so glad; hope it turns out well for you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 18 months ago from The Caribbean

      "There is no requirement of us to receive God's love." Eric, this statement reminds me of a story I heard. A certain man refused to believe that God's love is free. After much listening and thinking, he accepted the truth of it, but added "Well, you probably have to install batteries." Thanks for always transmitting the message of love!

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      Marlene Bertrand 18 months ago from Northern California, USA

      The essence of God is love and so we are one love. I like what you say here, "If you cannot find love in doing something - change."

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Baby darling Ms. ,

      God loves you and you know it woman. He loves you as you know Him and gives all love to you. Keep pounding out that love! I work in a boat out at sea and I am alone. But you know me and keep me whole. Let us wake Jesus up and get his guidance. I need and so do you. Amen sister

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene, my sweet complete, Let it be. Let us face illness like the fraud it is.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 18 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      I love MsDora's comment: 'Well, you probably have to install batteries.' They sure need recharging every now and then, and you help to keep them going.

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      Venkatachari M 18 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Beautiful and intellectual sermon. Who is God, I can answer. Because God is Love and Love is God. But, whose God yours is much confusing. Because God does not belong to any particular person or belief. He is everyone's God.

      The first image at top is much appealing and sufficient enough to define God. God is right there.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Look this vernacular up; you be my homey. Venkatachuri you are a good man and a good friend, I am blessed.

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      Jackie Lynnley 18 months ago from The Beautiful South

      God cannot be the same to us all since we do not all think alike. God is love; I am sure of that.

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      your sane sermons are always a treat no matter the day so keep them coming.. :)

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Jackie, you rock and keep rockin. This bad baby Sermon was hard on me to write. I just love bubbles and balloons and all of us on the same birthday parade. So I am awfully glad we are one yet different.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank, I like you. Do not ask me why. There is a piece of what I want to be in you but cannot. That makes no sense. I make no sense. Oh well. Thank you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 18 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful and insightful hub!

      I believe wherever there is love, there is God. God is Love and Love is God. God does not belong to any specific person or belief. I am sure God did not intend to create any religion but the religion of 'love' and 'compassion'.

      He belongs to everyone and every living creature.

      Thank you for sharing your deep thoughts!

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada, You sure said it all short order. So I think you know what I mean when I tell you, I love you.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bronwen, I can't believe the HP gurus are telling me I missed this comment. Shame on me. My batteries only came with a 10 year life, I just plain have to replace them ;-) But boy does it feel good when I do. Thank you for being such a constant in my need for support.

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      Lawrence Hebb 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Ever come across a novel called 'The Shack'?

      If you haven't you should read it! It's about a guy who meets God and God is way stranger than he ever imagined!

      As I read this hub I was reminded of that book!

      Really good stuff here.

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence.

      I was in a garbage pit. Big as a modern city of 200 thousand and a baby died in my arms. I knew God then. And he was way stranger than I imagined. Mexico City dump, 1990. I do not comprehend what he has in store. But I know that I shall check out your book. Thank you.

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      Lawrence Hebb 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      I think we went to the same school of the Holy Spirit! Similar things happened to me in Iraq!

      A woman killed her own child because she couldn't read and didn't know she'd given her infant too much medicine!

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence,

      It sure is a strange truth that from horribleness comes an awakening of sorts. Easy does it just doesn't give the same insights. But I must admit that sometimes I am pleased that the Holy Spirit, takes some time off and gives me a break ;-)

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