If God is not totally bizarre to us then we don't know God. If we think we have Him all figured out then we don't know our head from our hindquarters. God is an infinite being with infinite knowledge who can do no wrong. I can't even begin to know what it means to be God. I can't even begin to fathom what it would take to run the universe seen as how I need my wife to balance my checkbook.
Think I'm off base on this one? Look at Isaiah 55:8:“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” God isn't pretending here. The whole chapter is calling sinners to repentance and He lets us know up front, “This probably won't make sense to you, but trust me. I'm on the level.” God has no problem with being different than us. He will not apologize for being who He is. We have the problem.
If our gods make perfect sense in our heads then our gods are too small and not worthy of worship. If God can be bottled up in our skulls then He is not infinite. If He only does what we ask, when we ask, then He is not all powerful. If He is only there when we think we need Him then He is not ever present. If God is not a forever, always, and all the time person then He is nothing.
Of course this brings us to the on ramp of a very dangerous road. It is very easy to think that since God is so big, God is so beyond us that He is more of an “it” then a “He.” It is also easy to think that if God is this amazing that He couldn't possibly fit into one set of rules, regulations, or religion. Therefore, as the bumper sticker states, “God is too big for one religion.” A lot of very smart, well meaning people fall into this fallacy because, in some respects, it makes sense that God wouldn't confine Himself.
God doesn't confine Himself. We confine Him. God has been blunt and honest from day one. “Hey guys. I made you. I love you. I'm all you need. Follow me and you'll be okay. Don't follow me and death happens. Since you brought death upon yourself, I'll take it upon myself, beat it up, and give you a way out.” The “confines” exist because we don't like what God is saying. We change God to fit into our preexisting philosophies because we don't have faith that God is as big as He claims to be.
It reminds me of when my 5-year-old tries to put me, his dad, in timeout. He can say it all day long. He can have it so convinced in his head that I am going into timeout, but he has no authority over who I am or what I am doing. I know he loves me, he just isn't too fond of how I'm reacting to him at the moment.
We create a god. We create a god who we control. We create a god that is too small to do anything and then complain to the real God that He's not doing His job. The issue doesn't lie with God it lies within us. We don't like the idea that God runs the show. We don't like the idea that He knows best and does what needs to be done in order to have us, His creation, bring glory to His name. We live in the fallacy that bringing glory to man is the greatest desire of the universe.
Think about the size of your god. If he or she is smaller then you then you are espousing yourself as god.
See, size does matter.
Danny Exyle is the chief writer for www.sinnerscircle.blogspot.com
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