We hate; therefore we hate God.
But we won’t accept this about our self. We try to remake God in our own image, giving him the same broken attributes we call ‘being human’. We are conniving, so we think God is ‘out to get us’. We are liars, so we see God as ‘not Truth’. We don’t keep our promises; therefore we think God is untrustworthy. We are unjust, thus we assume God also is biased and cruel. We hate, so we assume God hates us; therefore we hate God.
We do these things because we are weak. We mess up and then try to do better. We go through periods of relaxing our morals and then rein ourselves in. We deeply love someone for a time; then later hate that same person for wronging us. We go through periods of maintaining profound responsibility, only to do a complete reversal and blame everyone else for our mistakes.
God does none of these things. He does not let himself go and then rein himself in. He does not tell half-truths to hide his real agenda. He does not love and then take it back.
Instead, God is truth, the destroyer of contradiction. He is completely ordered while being completely free, completely loving while maintaining absolute authority. He is all-powerful and yet intimately tender. He demands absolute obedience, yet completely forgives when we repent of our disobedience. One day he will exact a just judgment on those who hate him. And yet until that time arrives, God extends his grace to us, always inviting us to accept him into our heart and mind. If we choose to accept him, we will spend eternity in his presence, fully transformed and filled with joy unspeakable.
If we would choose to know these attributes of God, if we would choose to understand just how internally corrupt we really are, we would quake in our shoes and instantly submit to him. We would not hate him; we would give our whole life to him. We would love him back.
God is truly worthy of our adoration, our praise, our worship… our hushed respect.