A Christian Worldview of God, Day 2


God is complex. (You all didn’t know I was so profound, diid you! 😉 )

Truly He is. Think about the things He has revealed:

  • He is one, but He is a tri-unit.
  • He is merciful and He is just.
  • His Son is all Man but all God.
  • He is King of the universe and the Suffering Savior.
  • He is love, yet ordered King Saul to slaughter a whole nation.
  • He is holy, yet Jesus spent much of His public ministry with the margainalized of society, not the religious.
  • Jesus welcomed tax collectors (white collar criminals) and zealots (terrorists) into his close band of men
  • He created the universe and sustains it, but chose to come … to earth … as a baby … to an unwed mother.
  • These things only scratch the surface, but you get the idea. God—the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit—is complex.

    I doubt very much if one work of fiction can show even half of the contradictions on that limited list. Should it? Should fiction simply concede that we cannot show God accurately and therefore not try?

    The choice then, would be two-fold: either show God in simplistic terms or show Him as a mystery too complex to capture.

    Problem is, He is not. He is not simple nor is He a mystery (a borderline agnostic position). I know the latter is a postmodernly popular thing to say about God, but Scripture, if we take it seriously, won’t let us get away with that notion.

    God makes it very clear He desires to be known. He sent prophets to tell people what He thinks, what He wants. He gave written laws, then sent His Son to live among men. As if that wasn’t enough, He sent His Spirit to live in our hearts. And He gave us Scriptures revealing the truth about His person, His plan, His Word, and His Work.

    Only our sin keeps us from knowing Him.

    But the thing is, until recently, much Christian fiction centered on the introduction stage of a relationship with God:

      Hi, I have a great friend I know you’ll hit it off with. Can I introduce you to him?
      Hi, I have a great friend I know you’ll hit it off with. Can I introduce you to him?
      Hi, I have a great friend I know you’ll hit it off with. Can I introduce you to him?
      Hi, I have a great friend I know you’ll hit it off with. Can I introduce you to him?

    Starts sounding like those old scratched records (ante-CD’s for those of you youngsters. 😀 ) when the needle got stuck in a groove and replayed the same phrase over and over.

    What would it be like to focus on something besides meeting God? A subject to ponder and one I want to get back to after the Landon Snow blog tour.

    Published in: on November 10, 2006 at 1:36 pm  Comments (2)  
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