I had an interesting conversation with myself today on the way to work. It touches on some philosophical and theological issues that I’ve been pondering, so I thought I’d share.
The conversation went something like this:
Self: God is odd.
Me: What makes you say that?
Self: Well, He just does things in a really weird way.
Me: Can you be more specific?
Self: Okay, take the Bible, for instance. God is all-powerful and all-knowing, but the main way He chooses to communicate with us is in words written down by humans who interacted with Him – and especially His Son – thousands of years ago. That’s weird.
Me: But why is it weird?
Self: Well, it’s certainly not the way I would do it.
Me: Ah. So if God doesn’t do it the way His creation would, He’s the odd one?
My self’s problem in the above conversation was that I was presupposing that I myself am the standard by which “normal” and “reasonable” are ultimately measured. Obviously, it is quite the opposite: God and His Word are that standard. That’s why it had to be acknowledged that as long as I am creature, and God creator, when my sense of how something should best be done runs at odds with how He is doing them, it makes me odd, not Him.
Oh, I still have questions for Him. “Why did you do this this way? Why didn’t you do that another way?” and such, for sure. All the same, it’s good to be able to rest in the knowledge that when God is working, any disagreements I might have with His methods are the result of my own sin and misunderstanding – NOT the result of incompetency or weirdness on the part of the One who’s got the whole world in his hands.