I’ve been thinking recently about how many questions we ask. I mean, it’s OK to ask questions. It’s great to ask God questions.
But there comes a point sometimes when we find it all to easy to slip into God’s shoes, thinking that we can fill them. Unfortunately, we forget that our finite beings are far smaller and much are shadowed by his almighty wisdom, perfect love and eternal glory.
When debating theological matters, or studying the Bible, I often find myself musing over what God would be saying at that particular point in time. What would God say if he were joining in with the conversation?
When debating with atheist extremists, I’m always reminded of Isaiah 40:13:
Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?
I would suggest that apart from not knowing God, one of the biggest problems with atheist extremists is that they seek to tell God who he is, what he does, and why he does those said things. There is a complete role reversal.
If they only knew God, then things would be so different.
BUT: This isnt exclusive to atheist extremists! It happens with all people, even Christians. It happens with me. Far too often do I instruct my heavenly Father who knows what’s best for me. Yet he forgives and loves unconditionally.
I guess it’s my challenge to all of us to have open hearts and minds to God, and see what he can say to us, rather than what we can say to him.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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This reminds me of a problem I use to confront my partner about. Whenever someone had a problem, they’d pray, ask for help etc, and then the rest of the time, they’d completely forget about God. All I could think was, wow…. we really use him. It use to annoy me when people said they were religious and yet only pray when in need, or at least only put real feeling and thought into their prayers if they needed something.
As for your article I think it’s a difficult thing not to do, unless he speaks in your head and tells you personally about things etc, then all you can really do is assume things on what you know. I’m sure if he’s there he’d understand
‘When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.’ – Stephen Roberts
‘Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?’ – Epicurus
‘And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.’ – Bertrand Russell
And my opinion on all this?
God dictates we are to have no God but him.
Two of the seven deadly sins? Vanity and envy. Oh dear.
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