Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thinking Biblically

Recently I engaged in a discussion of the book of Job with a video poster on YouTube.  His thesis was that God was a bully and that because God had all the power he could do as he pleased with Job. Job protests, of course, that God has treated him unjustly but to no avail. God comes back at Job in the final chapters with a challenge based on his power, and Job realizes that he is no match and submits.

The point, according to this video poster is that God is at best amoral, at worst evil, and in either case is not worthy of respect or worship.

It is a common theme on YouTube. And it illuminates the animosity of many toward God as well as the arrogance of many who consider themselves superior to God. This particular video also demonstrates the difference in worldview between Christians and skeptics.

For this poster, man is the measure of all things. If he cannot understand God, God must either be irrational or non-existent, purely an artifact of ancient thinking. Faith, of course, is also irrational. If a proposition cannot be proved, it is not valid.

For a believer, God is the measure of all things. If he cannot understand the ways of God, as Job could not, he can trust what he does know about God - that God is wise, that God is just, that God is good, that God loves us, that God is merciful. 

In fact, that is the point of the story of Job. God cannot be totally understood, but he can be trusted.

In the end, it is my personal experience of God, as it was for Job, that satisfies my questions. And that reminds me of a song My Savior Loves.