Is God Bigger Than Christianity?

>Some would say yes, definitely.

Others say no, certainly not.

But Christianity is so small, and God is so big. Christianity doesn’t answer all my questions about God. It surely doesn’t solve all my problems and sometimes the religion part of it even creates more hassles than I can even handle. But I do cherish my “Christianity” and where it has pointed me–toward God.

If language can’t adequately describe Him and art can’t fully capture Him, then what makes us think that a “comprehensive” belief system can fill in all the blanks in the proper order? And out of all the belief systems in the world, Christianity is it? And then, out of all the Christian systems, what one is the right one?

It seems that God is getting smaller and smaller even as I ask these questions?

Don’t get me wrong, I think there are certain ways of living, based upon how we believe the world goes (and the God of that world) that make more sense and lead to more benefit than others–for example, if your god is a fast-food king and goes by the name of Ronald McDonald, filling your soul and spirit and body with Big Macs and super-sized fries is not likely to lead to ultimate fulfillment. All you have to do is watch Biggest Loser, Overweight, or any other TLC program with severely fat people to know that the burger gods of the golden arches are not loving, wholesome beings aiming for the total well-being of their followers.

How we believe and live and the choices we make in life do matter. But what if my beliefs don’t transform me into a more benevolent, kind, understanding, generous, loving creature? Then do my beliefs matter? And who decides?

Christianity, as a rule of thumb, tells us that we aren’t free to pick and choose those principles/commandments that we will follow and those we won’t. That leads to chaos and sin, and God is not a god of chaos and sin. He can’t and will not honor that type of living. But we as Christians do it all the time. Isn’t that hypocrisy?

These thoughts come on the tail of reading Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins. So if you’ve read this book, or some other like it, you might understand where I’m coming from and these thoughts/questions seem familiar.

I believe God is bigger than Christianity; to say that he isn’t, I limit his God-ness (in my mind and expression of him at least, even though He will still be bigger than my denial of his vastness). But even though I admit to believing the truth of his great bigness, that doesn’t mean I’m personally ready and willing to explore Him outside of my little Christian faith.

I don’t know if that means I’m wise or simply a coward. All I know is that I’ve encountered God through my faith, its lens being Christianity, and I’m convinced that God is. Following Jesus means something to me, and His teachings and life have made a difference in mine.

How big is your G(g)od? How do you know?

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