Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Belonging to God?

Recently I got pointed to the Princeton Theological Seminary for Youth Ministry website, and particularly their free audio journal CD they send out to interested parties.

I'm always up for free stuff, and this looked pretty quality, so I thought I'd give it a look. Particularly good stuff that will make the many hours i spend in the car a little more useful.

The theme of this issue is Belonging to God, which sounded interesting. So obviously it came up a few times amongst the little sermons and interviews, that we do indeed belong to God. The phrase 'the question is not who are we, but whose are we, is whats important to young people' came up a number of times.

I don't know if its just me, or if I'm thinking about it the wrong way-but I really don't like the idea of 'belonging' to God, as if God owns me or something? I would like to think that I am in some way every day giving my life over to God, surrendering my life to His will (something I am still learning so so much about) but I still don't like the idea of being owned by God. Maybe its just a semantics (words) issue?

They make some good points about encouraging young people to not define themselves by what they wear, who they hang out with, how much money they have etc (stuff that totally applies to adults as well) but to define themselves by the fact they are a child of God-made in God's image. That is a metaphor I'm a lot more comfortable with, but still need to unpack a bit.

I dunno, do we belong to God? What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I know what you mean digs. I don't particularly like the idea of "belonging" to God either. Sounds kind of controlling. It also makes me think about God and him taking contol of his "possessions," another concept which I don't like. Kind of anti-free-will-ish... Does God take "contol" of his "possessions" or is it up to us to, as you so eloqiently put it, to "give ourselves" to God on a daily basis?

Anonymous said...

could it be possible it's both at once? i.e. we're God's in the sense that he made us, but we still choose to recognise that belonging, or define ourselves by it, or choose to surrender each day to God [yeh, i'm learning lots bout that too digs].
in a sense, a child belongs to a parent because the parent 'made' the child, but the child still has free will.
or an artwork belongs to an artist because they made it. Whether or not someone else buys the artwork and 'owns' it, it still 'belongs' to the artist cos he made it.

Anonymous said...

make any sense? :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Digs,
Yet another great, brain tweaking entry i must say.
I've always just thought of it as God is like a life saver with a super duper safety net. (metaphorically)
He helps out (wether we notice it or not) when we ask for it. But Just because he's there doesn't mean he can stop us going in the deep waters of life, trouble, materialistic views etc. That's where free will comes in... of course that's not the best comparison because of other factors. But you get the basic idea.


Digger said...

Yeah na that makes a lot of sense actually mase-totally see where you're coming from there.

Like the parent analogy, highlights that importance of knowing where we came from etc.

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