Originally a comment by someone over at Orthosphere:
Man is made in God’s image, and as such is not suited for servility, even towards his creator.
The image of God as a king (enthroned in our hearts or not) is a lie of certain humans who presume to rule over other humans. The real god is an anarchist who wants creation to be as self-governing as he is.
There followed in that combox a discussion about the nature of God when I realized that this wasn’t a good faith discussion. The commenter clearly has an idea of God that is different from the Catholic perspective, and so myself and others could probably go back and forth all day about what he believes and why he believes it. But it does no good.
Robert Heinlein coined the word ‘grok’ in his book “Stranger in a Strange Land”. Grok means to know something so thoroughly that it becomes a part of us, and changes us. It’s the difference between knowing someone’s name and remembering their name. When it comes to faith, which is the most important thing in the universe, we have a responsibility to seek to Grok the teachings of Christ. If we truly, TRULY understand them, we will take them as our own, and follow Christ more closely. The alternative is to be stubbornly ignorant.
This commenter has an idea of God that comes from no where but his mind, and disagrees with me on the basis, essentially, that his misunderstanding of what I am saying doesn’t make sense.
This serves as a great example, which is why I’m harping on it. Our first obstacle to holiness is ourselves. We have a responsibility to do everything we can to lift the veil of ignorance and inform ourselves. That way, if we disagree, at least we do so in an informed way. If we don’t fight the straw man that lives in our heads, then the straw man rules us. Contains us.
This applies in more than just faith, but nowhere but faith is it so important. Self examination is the beginning of understanding. Seek out and do combat with the straw men that live in your head.