Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Physicality of God

I've spent several weeks writing poems in my Jesus in today's world series:  menopausal Jesus, Jesus gets a Fitbit, and Jesus getting a dog.  I've been doing a lot of thinking about what it means to worship a God who takes on human form to get to know us better, to show how much we are loved, to show us how to make the most of this human life.

I've written a few blog posts about Jesus and gender and what it means that we worship a God who came to be with us in male form--or at least in a form that we've interpreted as strictly male, and a young, vigorous, hiking miles and miles every day, kind of male.

I've spent many years of my life visualizing the Divine as female and thinking about what it would mean if more of us did so.  I've given up on the idea of de-gendering God; thousands of years of God as father, judge, He have done their work.  But if we gave at least a bit of time to God as mother, nurturer, She--would that help?

My blog post on the feast day of Julian of Norwich, where I thought about Julian of Norwich's meaning for those of us growing older, has led me to think about an aging God.  I've written about Jesus having a mid-life crisis and about Jesus experiencing menopause and mourning his eggs that will never develop into fully realized human life--but what would it mean to have Jesus experiencing older age?  Would Jesus get arthritis?  Would Jesus break a hip?  Would the archangels tell Jesus that he can no longer live alone and needs more caretaking than he thought?

What happens if Jesus starts to lose his memory?

I realize that most of us would have no interest in worshipping such a God.  I've seen people look at me in total disbelief when I say that I don't think God is all powerful and omnipotent, and more than one has said to me, "Who wants a God like that?"  But I don't want to digress to discuss that fully here.

It's interesting to consider this idea of a Triune God.  If Jesus ages, do the other parts of the Trinity age too?  What does it mean if God isn't timeless and unchanging?

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