Good question; one that has been discussed for as long as time has existed. What do you think? If I had never heard of God and I asked you to describe God to me, what words would you use? Judgmental? Distant? Unimportant? Sweet and caring? Maybe you are one of the lucky (and rare) ones who would use words like ruler but friend, strong but loving, distant but at the same time close. For too much of my life I would have used the judgment words. Then I got to know Jesus and discovered that God wasn't at all like I thought he was.
A follower of Jesus once asked him, "Lord, show us the Father..." Jesus replied to him that "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father." Find this conversation in the Bible at John chapter 14 verses 8-14. Jesus was saying that he, himself is God and that if you get to know him, you will find out what God the Father is really like.
As I have read the stories about Jesus from the Bible, I have developed a much different picture of God than I once had. I now think of God as very patient, forgiving, more loving than I could ever even totally understand. I also am beginning to get a grasp for how infinitely smart and wise God is. Oh, is God judgmental? Someday, the Bible tells us, we will have to stand before him and answer for how we lived our lives. Have you lived your life perfectly? I know I haven't. Far from it. Even Mother Teresa claimed to be terribly self-centered in comparison to a holy and perfect God. Is God judgmental, though? No, not at all. How great is that? God offers forgiveness for our guilt and perfect acceptance for any and all who will simply accept that forgiveness. God continually offers, offers, and offers. God continually gives, gives, and gives. All he asks is that we'll accept what he has to offer.
What does he offer? We'll be talking more about that in coming blogs. Want a preview? Read the book of John in the Bible. You'll find there a wealth of what God offers.