Parenting Styles and Religious Beliefs

different views of godA number of sociologists have observed that people’s political views, consciously or otherwise, often tend to mirror the parenting styles that they consider normal or positive.

I have observed this is often also true of religious views.

On the one hand, many view God as strict and authoritarian, as having a lot to say about law and order. Here the emphasis is on God’s judgement and proclaiming truth.

On the other hand, many view God as as nurturing and permissive, as having a lot to say about care and compassion. Here the emphasis is on God’s mercy and proclaiming love.

Then there are others who see God as disengaged and distant, as not particularly concerned about love or truth, or anything really. The emphasis here seems to be on God’s absence. Guidance is looked for elsewhere.

Lastly there are those who see God as more authoritative, as placing a premium on both truth and love. As challenging people with truth within the context of loving relationship. Here the emphasis is on reconciliation, on restorative justice and transformative mercy.

So who is God for you?

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