“When we engage with the subject of worship, we must ask what kind or image of God are we worshipping — which is related to the question of which brain (or part of the brain) are we employing in worship. Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman explore this question at length in their book How God Changes Your Brain.

“Contemplating a loving God strengthens portions of our brain — particularly the frontal lobes and the anterior cingulate — where empathy and reason reside. Contemplating a wrathful God empowers the limbic system, which is ‘filled with aggression and fear.’ It is a sobering concept: The God who choose to love changes us into his image, where he exists or not.”

From McLaren, “Naked Spirituality,” 71.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in God there is no darkness at all… Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who lies is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love… God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them… We love because God first loved us… 1 John 1:5; 4:7-8, 16, 19