This is an article from a professor, talking about her perception of God. It’s interesting how her view of her own father impacts her vision of God. She differentiates God the Father from Jesus:
God never seemed to smile, as far as I could tell. Maybe He’d nod once and a while if you nursed the sick or something, but Jesus seemed to be somebody you could sit next to at a party and have a good time. Jesus was like an older brother instead of a father, someone who was still above you but not so distant that you couldn’t approach with questions or tears or even anger. You could bother Jesus with requests for a good grade or new skates or a Barbie carry-all but you’d never ask God for that because he was busy doing stuff like Ending Hunger and Healing the Wounds of the Church.
With God you had to line up and get a number, like at the bakery; with Jesus you could just walk over and see if he was busy at the moment.
This might be a good conversation starter for your next discussion. You can read the article at http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Does-God-Ever-Smile-/22271/
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