God is presented as a Warrior King, and we are counseled to view ourselves as his Loyal slaves (slave is often translated as 'servant' in KJV).
God is presented as a Potter, and we are presented as clay, which can be rebuilt, crushed, and remade.
God is presented as a Loyal Husband, and we are counseled to be his Loyal Bride
God is presented as an Ideal Father, and we are counseled to view ourselves as His Children.
In the context of the metaphor of God being a King, I understand the concept of Justice, and the right for him to everlastingly condemn his subjects for minor infractions of the Law. That's what kings do. Kings have the right to Kingship generally inherently, and their Word is Law. What is viewed as injustice by the people is made Justice because it is the Decree of the King.
However, this doesn't work with the metaphor of family relationships.
Should a husband view his wife as a slave? The New Testament counsel is against the husband divorcing, or casting off his wife, with adultery being an exception - but even then, not recommended. The Old Testament example of Christ as Husband with Israel as Cheating Spouse is that the Husband was always willing for the Spouse to Come Back, and kept inviting her back. The rejection had to be fully and completely by the Bride, not the Bridegroom.
Should a Father view his children as slaves? The prodigal Son is welcomed back into the Father's house - after leaving of his own free will, and suffering the consequences - with rejoicing, not with a whip and chains.
Can one accept the metaphors of Family and still accept the Metaphor of Kingly Dominion, or a Potter who can at will tear us down and build us back up as something completely different? Is it possibly the King/Slave Metaphor is outdated, and we've moved past the cultural usefulness of it, and that it may actually hinder our full understanding of God's love?
For LDS, I think it is significant that the current prophetic priority is on understanding our relationship as being Familial - that this is the Revelation of God we are presenting to the world as Familial, while others focus on presenting God as Sovereign King and Creator. I think this is very significant.
Edited by nackhadlow, 10 June 2011 - 02:57 PM.