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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    1. In my work in progress (that I should be working on right now), the main religion is druidism. However one of my secondary characters, a high priest, begins to question sacrifices. They have to constantly sacrifice to restore balance to one of the aspects of their god AND use the sacrifice to intercede for them in the Otherworld.

      I got/stole all my information from a novel on druids.

      The one true God will be not be introduced to this priest until much later, but I’m trying to have the character question his beliefs. Example: It would be nice for the source to speak to him.
      It would be nice to be able to pray to him anywhere and be heard.
      It would be nice never to have human sacrifices everytime their people go into battle.

      He won’t become a believer either; at least not in this book.

      My point? I guess that you don’t have to be completely *evangelical* about God in your WIP.

      What do you think?

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    2. Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner on this, Chris.

      I think showing God by showing what false gods are NOT, is a legitimate tactic. Clever and fresh, even. I don’t think that makes you less evangelical, however. Maybe less CBA. But evangelical, as I understand it, marks a person as one who depends on the Bible for our knowledge of God. Not tradition or another book or a church leader.

      The thing I see so often is the simplistic revelation of God. He extends His mercy fo fallen Man; He loves the whole world so that He gave His only Son. True and wonderful, but stories that show God as only loving and merciful are actually distorting His character. He is not one-sided.

      That fact is, there is suffering in the world. God is tolerating Satan running around attempting to draw people away from God’s Kingdom. And some Christians succomb big time to the pull of their flesh, despite their new life in Christ, despite the spirit living in them. How does an omnipotent God allow His Spirit to be quenched?

      More of this after the tour. 😉

      Becky

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