Metaphors and God
The Bible contains over fifty different metaphors for understanding who God is and our relationship to God. Some of these are: husband, woman, shepherd, potter, bear, eagle, and rock. The metaphors structure how humans construe the types of relations and expected behaviors we have with God. For instance, thinking of God as a father involves responsibilities and expectations between both the parent and the children that are lacking when God is understood as shepherd. The sheep do not have the sorts of obligations that children have. If we think of God as a husband then the responsibilities and expectations for humans are increased from that being God’s children. Continuing this line of thought, the biblical metaphor of friendship with God has some different types of expectations than that of husband.
Leave a ReplyWant to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!