I don’t know much about other religions so I cannot really write much about them. What I understand is that in most faiths that are not Christian the practitioner must reach out to their God, they must appease.
The God of Christianity is different. The God I believe in has this quality about him where he stoops low, bends down to reach out to us. My God has done the appeasing through sacrificing his son. My God has been and continues to be gracious, stopping low and giving me what I do not deserve.
There is an story in John chapter 8 that is an excellent example of God’s graciousness.
“2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”’
Jesus stooped down to write in the dirt. We don’t know what he wrote. I speculate that he was writing names and dates of the dalliances of the men who were holding the stones to condemn this woman. This shows his grace and mercy to both the woman and to the men. The woman was rescued, her accusers silenced and all involved were handled with gentleness and love.
God loves sinners. That’s good because that is the only kind of human available to him on this planet. We all are sinners. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…” and yet because our God is a God who stoops down, the verse continues, “and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23,24
I believe in a good and loving father God who is gracious and merciful. As a Father He disciplines those he loves. He has stooped down to rescue me, to rescue us. Jesus, God’s only son willingly sacrificed himself for us. He died, was buried and rose again the third day. He now is in heaven with our father preparing a place for us and interceding for us.
God is today, stooping down and asking us all, “will you receive my gift of life and forgiveness through Jesus today?”
He adds this, “I love you, please come home…”
Today, will you respond today?