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As I read that phrase in James Martin’s The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life, I was struck by the truth of that statement. Of course, Martin’s not the first person to suggest such a thing. The apostle Paul, after all, speaks of the need to put childish things behind us as we embrace adulthood. Yet, while we know that Paul is correct, we often don’t see a correlation between maturing into adults and an evolving, maturing understanding of God. Martin’s right, many attempt to relate to God as adults in the same way that they related to God as children. The simple images are often found to be insufficient when it comes to grappling with the realities of adulthood; the complexity of life; and the fuller revelation of Scripture.
Looking back, especially over the last ten or so years, I can see the multitude of ways that my theology has changed, evolved and/or matured. In what ways has your view of God changed over the years? Or has it remained the same?