After a self-imposed two week hiatus, I’m back. And as saith the modern philosopher Philly D, “I love yo faces.” Let’s get started.
Christians believe that God is great. They believe that he is the author and finisher of our faith, he is the alpha and omega, he is the most powerful being, the source of all wisdom and intelligence, the creative spirit behind the inception of the universe. And apparently God thinks he’s pretty badass, too.
I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? (Jer 32:27)
‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’ (Rev 1:8)
‘Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:4-7)
Alright, dude. How about you calm the fuck down. We get it.
But if God is so great, then how are Christians so confident in their ability to understand him? If they understand themselves as fallible human beings, how do they think that they so clearly understand and have a connection with the objectively perfect fount of all wisdom, knowledge, and intelligence?
Logically, it does not follow. If God’s thoughts are really not our thoughts, and his ways are really not our ways, then how do Christians believe they can understand God to the point that they know that he doesn’t approve of homosexuality? To know that he wants you to run for president? To know that he wants you to sacrifice your son?
The point here is that I often see Christians leveraging an argument for God’s existence based on these claims that they make about him, while ignoring the fact that if a being so grand did in fact exist, they wouldn’t even be able to understand the slightest thing about it.
Christians don’t seem to put the same strictures on their understanding of God as they do for others who would like to criticize him. In other words, they are certain that he helped them overcome a drug addiction, but when a tsunami kills thousands, his ways are higher than ours and no one can understand them.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense to say, “Well, no one can know the mind of God! So real quick, lemme tell you exactly how he works.”
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