The God of the Old Testament
The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was […] in the wind.
— 1 Kings 19:11 (NIV)
I once met the God of the Old Testament on a mountain. I was Mormon at the time and very much caught up in a perpetual and despairing cycle of “sin” (by which I mean fooling around with my girlfriend) and half-hearted repentance. One evening, a combination of sexual frustration and self-loathing sent me literally running up into the mountains that Brigham Young University is nestled up against. I was going to find God. I climbed the path up “Y” mountain — so called because of the giant letter “Y”…
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