The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose faith led him to resist the Nazis, and who paid for it with his life, once said: “May we always live aware that God is near and present with us.”
For some that’s very true. For others it may make little or no sense. In any case, which God are we talking about? The name of God is evoked in praise and as a curse. To bring life and to destroy it. For Christians, what difference does it make to talk of the God of Jesus, for instance?
Whatever comments or questions you have about “God matters” – whether you’re reading this as a believer or sceptic, religious or not, we’d like to hear from you.
CLiC aims to put on events and discussions which respond to the real concerns and questions that people have about God, faith and (not least) Christianity in a diverse world.
We need your input for that – though please, keep comments, however passionate, polite and respectful to others.
We look forward to hearing from you – just add your response below.
Meanwhile, here’s a few more pithy responses to “God matters” from Bonhoeffer:
* Our relationship to God is a new life in “being there for others,” through participation in the being of Jesus.
* We should find God in what we know, not in what we do not know.
* God is the centre of life and doesn’t just “turn up” when we have unsolved problems to be solved.
* God is near to lowliness – in loving the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak, and the broken.
CLiC’s own God Matters course starts on 24 October 2012.