Sunday, September 7, 2014

5 ways America changed God

(CNN) – The majority of America’s churches teach that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.

But considering our country’s near-400-year history, can we honestly say that our concepts and perceptions about God haven’t evolved?

Is our contemporary American God the same as in 1629, when the Puritans began organizing a mass exodus toward their “Promised Land”?

Is our modern God the same as in 1801, when Christians at a revival in Kentucky became so filled up with God’s spirit that they got down on all-fours and barked and howled like wild dogs?

More recently, is our God the same as in 2000, when born again Republican George W. Bush won (sort of) the presidential election by rallying America’s then thriving evangelical electorate with a Jesus-tinged GOP rhetoric he called “compassionate conservatism.”

The truth is, no. God is likely not exactly the same as God was yesterday, not here in the United States, not among America’s faithful. Here, God changes.

Our making God into our own image isn’t a new trend. We’ve been changing God since Anglo Saxons first stepped foot onto these shores. Here are five examples.

1. The Puritans’delusions.

Even before leaving England, the Puritans started reimagining God’s divine plan. And it just so happened that plan revolved around them.

Read more at http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/09/06/5-ways-america-changed-god/?utm_content=buffer695b6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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