Mostly, no. I find the idea of a personal God troubling. I find the idea of a personal God troubling because of suffering: why do people suffer so much? And, if God is more or less responsible for the world and all in it, why would god allow suffering to be so prevalent?
There’s this great concept, Theodicy, which attempts to reconcile “traditional divine characteristics of omnibenevolence, omnipotence, and omniscience, in either their absolute or relative form, with the occurrence of evil or suffering in the world” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodicy). Leibnitz attempted to reconcile the goodness of god with the existence of evil: for me, any answer is unsatisfactory.
The concepts of God as “all-good/kind,” “all-powerful,” and “all-knowing” don’t hold much water for me, either. BEcause if someone could be able to end suffering, it would be god – so either god could not, or does not (either option is troubling to me).
I do sometimes find myself wishing that I believed in a personal God, or wishing that I found the idea of a personal God comforting. I do sometimes wish that God could be as near and as comforting as an old flannel shirt. It’s an idea that comes up empty for me.
Anna Marie Martin has been a Spokanite since December 2006, when she moved here just in time to experience some of the worst snowstorms in recent history. She dislikes snow (hate is a really strong word). She grew up in Nebraska, and therefore has no need to be exposed to neither more snow nor more football. Yet, each of these happen every fall and winter, she says.