It’s Personal – Genesis, John and Tim Keller

Our adult class has been working through Tim Keller’s book, “The Reason for God.”  his penutlimate chapter is about “the dance of God’, which is how he describes the dynamic of love between the persons of the Trinity.  This is the font from which comes all of creation and all of life.  Therefore life is at its core personal and should be about love.  God not only loves, but he is love.

Here is some food for thought if you can’t make the discussion this Sunday.

Genesis 1:26-28

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.

Tim Keller:

“If God is triune, then loving relationships in community are the ‘great fountain at the center of reality.’  When people say ‘God is love,’ I think they meant that live is extremely important, or that God really wants us to love.  But in the Christian conception, God really has love as his essence…..Ultimate reality is a community of persons who know and love one another.  That is what the universe, God, history, and life is all about…” p. 216

 “We believe that the world was made by a God who is a community of persons who have loved each other for all creation.  You were made for mutually self-giving, other-directed love.  Self-centeredness destroys the fabric of what God has made.”  p. 217

Timothy Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in the Age of Skepticism, 2008, Dutton,  NY, NY.

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