【神不是人類在天上的天父】

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聽神談【神不是人類在天上的天父】
 
尼爾:你的確是被稱為「天父」啊!
 
神:確有其事,但不管是誰想出了此稱呼,都該為此行為感到羞愧 (whoever came up with that should be ashamed)。
 
尼爾:我相信是耶穌。
 
神:非也。耶穌只是沿襲他那時代的慣用語法——正如你在此所做的一樣。他並沒有發明「神像個父親一樣」的想法。
 
尼爾:他沒有嗎?
 
神:早在耶穌之前很久,父權制的族長們以及其父系宗教就已經建立了這樣的觀念。
 
尼爾:那麼,你不是「我們在天上的父親」囉?
 
神:不,我不是。我也不是你們在天上的母親。
 
尼爾:喔,那麼,你是誰?數千年來我們都在試圖解開這個謎。你為什麼不幫幫忙,直接告訴我們!
 
神:問題在於你們堅持想把我「人格化」,而我並非一個「人」。
 
尼爾:我知道。我認為大多數人也知道。但有時候把你想作是一個「人」對我們會有幫助。我們比較能和你相處。
 
神:但你們能嗎?那才是問題。你們能嗎?我不那麼確定你們能耶。
 
神:而且我要告訴你們:繼續把我想像成父母的話,你們還會有好長一段痛苦難熬的時日。
 
尼爾:那麼,如果我們不該把你想像成父母,我們又該把你想成什麼呢?
 
神:當作朋友
 
 
摘自《與神為友》第4章
 
 
 
Neale: Well, You are called "God the Father."
Yes, and whoever came up with that should be ashamed.
Neale: I believe it was Jesus.
No. Jesus merely used the idioms and the language of his day—just as you are doing here. He didn't invent the idea of God as a father.
Neale: He didn't?
The patriarchy, with its patriarchal religions, had estab­lished itself long before lesus.
Neale: Then You are not "Our Father, who art in heaven?"
No, I am not. Anymore than I am your Mother in heaven.
Neale: Well, then, who are You? We've been trying to figure this out for thousands of years. Why don't You give us a break and just tell us!
The problem is that you insist on personifying Me, and I am not a person.
Neale: I know that. And I think most people know that. But it some­times helps us to think of You as a person. We can relate to You better.
But can you? That's the question. Can you? I'm not so sure you can.
One thing I will say: keep thinking of Me as a parent, and you'll have a devil of a time.
I'm sure that was just a turn-of-phrase.
Of course.
Neale: Well, if we aren't supposed to think of You as a parent, how should we think of You?
As a friend.
 
 
 

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