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I've been thinking a lot about what seems to be a shift in how God is defined these days by Christian radio, church leaders of many denominations and faiths, etc.

It seems that God has been historically a punitive one. To be Christian, you lived in constant fear of being cast off, that we were unclean, that we were failures, that we were always to try harder to be better and failing.

It appears that Christianity is now selling a more gentle God, a more loving and accepting God. Now it's more of a (knowing, gentle laugh) "of course you are adored, no matter what!" kind of God.

I know that belief structures are core to any society and the Gods created (not meant in a disrespectful way, but to include historical mythologies too) reflect the needs of the given society.

I haven't decided yet whether this new, softening version of God is reflective of the world going to Hell rapidly--accepting the message of "Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die", or because the world is a crummy place and we need some sort of consoling from somewhere.

Hard to see the whys or hows. And, of course, this could just be me and reflect my own needs at this period in my life skewing and adding weight to "evidence" in a way that supports my proposition.

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