2011/12/08

God Establishes Meaning

"Now that which had been created lacked shape and substance, with darkness filling this created chasm, yet the Spirit of God was still at work" (Genesis 1:2 Paraphrased by thethinkingfrog).

As the initiation point of matter unfolded, it lacked description. In the same way that God moved among the molecules now in existence, God is wanting to work in the recesses of the human heart to create peace out of confusion and rest in the midst of turmoil.

Since the onset of time, God has taken that which was dysfunctional and brought significance to all situations. However, the limitations of the human mind entrap the person into the idea that each person knows what is best for them. In the midst of the many times a person has acted, only to wish they had the power to undue that which they did.

At some point, each person will realize that even though they have lived the 'good life,' it would have been beneficial to have had a source of wisdom outside of themselves from whom to receive guidance. The God, who is revealed in the Bible, has constantly worked in the midst of broken, insecure, and troubled people to provide direction and meaning. It is surprising how often a person will cry for help and yet fail to look beyond themselves to the God who created significance out of what lacked shape and substance.

2011/12/04

A LIMITED EXISTENCE

"In the beginning, all that comprised God created all that is defined as finite." Genesis 1:1 (Paraphrased by thethinkingfrog).

One of the challenges to comprehending creation is of a God communicates to those who live in a three-dimensional world, all that might exist in a four, five, six, or more-dimensional existence. Edwin A. Abbott explained the difficulty of one existing in a two dimensional world in his work Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions into grasping what takes place in a three dimensional world.

If human fingers were placed on a piece of paper, those living in the "Flatland" of the surface of the paper would only see the impressions of the thumb and four fingers. They would not observe the connectedness of these five impressions to the hand or to the body from which they extend. The same problem exists for those of us living in a three dimensional world to comprehend a God who lives in a dimension (or dimensions) in which humans cannot see the connectedness.



While science, philosophy, and knowledge have increased, human existence remains trapped in three dimensions. Rather that attempt to identify the meaning of five seemingly disconnected appearances as in "Flatland," it seems fitting to realize that there is much that human beings do not know about God. Rather than attempting to explain God to people, it seems wise to simply live to the revelations that have been given to us by God. Let us be a people who live in grace and love which the Bible reveals as evidences of a Creating Being who loves and cherishes what the Divine Being created!

2011/11/29

Erasing a Small Concept of God

"In the beginning, all that comprised God created all that is defined as finite." Genesis 1:1 (Paraphrased by thethinkingfrog).

One of the stumbling blocks to Christian religious thought is the use of the plural for "God" in this first verse. However, if one would consider asking "why," rather than attempting to match Scripture to one's preconceived ideas, ones view of God would grow. 
Christian thought focuses on God as three persons--'Father, Son, and Holy Spirit'--and these three existing as one entity, which makes up the Divine Being. What if God exists as more than three persons? What if God is so large, that our finite minds cannot begin to comprehend all the comprises God? What if God chose to reveal the divine being as three persons to stretch our thinking? Instead, the religious thing to do is to attempt to explain God as only three persons when in reality the Divine Being could be seven or twelve persons.
It appears that the Bible is attempting to picture a God who is beyond human ability to grasp. Rather than accept the greatness of God, the religious thing to do is to bring human conceived limitations on how God functions.

If it is humanly possible to explain God, then God is no larger than the thought potential of the most intelligent human being. If one removes the mysterious, unknown potential of God, the presentation that we make to the world is that God is incapable of dealing with the dilemmas that entrap people.

2011/11/25

IN THE BEGINNING

"In the beginning, all that comprised God created all that is defined as finite." Genesis 1:1 (Paraphrased by thethinkingfrog).

What happened in these first moments? Prior to this statement, that which existed dwelt in an atmosphere that is the antithesis of the world now inhabited by all that is defined as being brought into existence by the act of God. Frequently, those who attempt to understand the meaning of these opening verses of the Bible, focus on the creation of the world rather than the universe.

If one moves their sights from the world, and enlarges this to the conception of all that modern astronomers have discovered, one's understanding of the events of Creation takes on new meaning. If the seven days, described in the first chapter of Genesis, are determined by the length of a Universe Day rather than the length of the planet earth's day, the conflicting issue of an old universe verses a young universe is dispelled.

Since the standards to measure the length of a Universe Day have yet to be discerned, human beings do not know the length of time that transpires in the seven days defined in this first chapter of Genesis. Rather than dogmatically stating a certain position as truth, it would behoove us to think outside of the parameters of what seems obvious. If what is apparent to a human mind then it seems that one does not permit God's mind to be greater than human thought.

2011/04/02

Today Is Gone

The constraints of time should heighten our awareness as each day draws to a close. Another day has passed and I reflect, "How much time did I waste?" This is not an intended guilt trip as time spent with friends, family, and peers should be seen in a constructive light and not as a waste of time. Wasting time happens when one yields to the desire to postpone activities that should be attempted. Wasting time happens when one fore goes that which is important and focuses on that which accomplishes nothing. Setting on a porch and watching the sun go down should be therapeutic and not wasting time. Watching children frolic on a playground should be rejuvenating and not wasting time. Writing a note of appreciation should build relationships and is not wasting time.