(on my website there is a file on this subject.)
At our Quaker meeting for worship this morning there were messages re how people perceived God. In the Bible we may read about numerous and diverse visions of God, but we are also told that no vision can possible encompass the reality to which the word points.
One of those messages seem worthy of mention here:
The vision of God given to us by Jesus is that God is a Loving Heavenly Father. That seemed to be his awareness of God to which he turned at each eventuality. Some 50 years ago that vision impacted the messenger's consciousness in an emphatic way. In the gospels Jesus frequently told us (over and over again) to 'only believe'. When he said that, I think he was talking about that vision-- not about the Nicene Creed or any other statements of dogma. If we can believe that, life assumes an entirely different level of meaning, the only real meaning life has to offer IMO.