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Your God is not my God September 10, 2009

Posted by Phil Groom in Poetry, Theological Reflection.

Your God is not my God:
Your God is Almighty — in Control,
Ruling the world from His Celestial Throne,
Somewhere in the blue,
High up above.

My God is frail — wounded
in his hands and feet,
battle scarred and bruised
and living here below.

Your God is Strong —
you lean on Him.
My God is weak —
he leans on me.
“Brother,” he says,
“What shall we do?”

We are partners, he and I,
in a War against time —
and only time will tell.


1. fromthesamesky - September 10, 2009

This is beautiful verse

2. Cindy - September 15, 2009

Does god lean on us or in us? Time goes on, even when we don’t….or do we?
I love your poetry Phil, your words united together make me think, question and smile. xx

3. Phil Groom - September 16, 2009

Thank you, both of you; and my love to you both, in this strange but somehow beautiful fellowship of the dispossessed…

4. Larry - March 10, 2010

God is indeed wounded in his hands, and his feet. Prophecies in the Old Testament said that he would be, ( Psalms 22:16, Zechariah 13:6 ) but 1st Corinthians 1:25 says,”…The weakness of God is stronger than men.” By his death for us on the cross, he is able to conquer our hearts, and save us.

Phil Groom - March 10, 2010

… and still he bears the scars: an awesome thought … and if, as they say, God never changes — the same yesterday, today, for ever — then those wounds, those scars have always been part of God … eternally battle-scarred … I sometimes wonder if we’ve got our whole theology upside down and back to front: creation didn’t start with Genesis but at the Cross … a quantum leap across time and space, everything else emerging from that point…

5. jamescarterdawkins - July 23, 2010

God never changes he cannot. He is restrained by his nature. It is what he is. However, speaking of God having bruises or scars doesn’t make sense considering God is spirit. Those verses in Scripture are probably referring to Jesus Christ. Christianity has always taught that Jesus is the second Person of the Trinity. God is One in Being but three persons. Another way to think about this theology is that God is one what but three whos. Jesus Christ has always existed according to the Gospel of John 1. So he at one point entered into time and space, into creation in order to die, this is where the scars and bruises come in. Christ has two natures. His Divine Nature and his Human Nature. It is in the second of these two that his physical ailments come in.

-I like your thoughts but I wanted to see if I could bring some conversation to your piece. Thanks!

Phil Groom - July 23, 2010

Thanks for dropping by, James.

I guess you and I have a somewhat different take on scripture and on some, perhaps all, of Christianity’s long-cherished traditions … and on God, whoever or whatever we perceive God to be. I’m not sure where in the history of Christian thought the idea of divine immutability emerged (no doubt someone’s posted an article on Wikipedia) but I don’t think the concept holds water — concepts of God have evolved over time, driven by human experience … perhaps God only exists in human experience?

As for Jesus … with respect, again, I disagree. Ask anyone who’s been abused, physically, emotionally, mentally or psychologically or in any of the other myriad ways we humans have come up with of tormenting one another, whether their bruises and scars are only physical. No: scars and bruises run much deeper than that, into the essence of who we are; and my God feels every bruise, every cut, at the core of his or her being…

Here’s the mystery: s/he survives. All of humanity’s pain, all of our angst and chaos, every twist of the screw, taken into who
God is … and bleeding out into space, into sunsets and rainbows and finally flowing back into time, bringing hope where there is no hope…

6. jamescarterdawkins - July 23, 2010

Thanks for responding Phil. I will get back to this discussion as soon as I get the chance.

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