God has been related to and described with such terms as a Higher Power, Divine Energy, a Force, the Almighty, Absolute Being, Divine Being, etc. As well, God has even been described with theological concepts and doctrines akin to the academic; however, all such terms and relationships are quite impersonal when we reflect on the fact that God can be challenging to explain. Who is God? What is God?
Traditionally understood as atonement for the sins of mankind, the crucified Jesus invites us, rather, to see and feel an all-encompassing embrace of Divine Love.
The Western or Latin Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Protestant churches, have tended to accentuate legalistic reparation theologies to explain the Christian narrative. Presented as a “repairman” for what our original ancestors had distorted in God’s divine plan, much of the traditional Christian story explains that Jesus was born to “pay the debt” for human transgression. According to the Western narrative, the crucifix shows us a tortured human Jesus bleeding and hanging on the cross being punished on our behalf for violating God’s law; however, are we truly content with this image of a punishing Father God?