Thursday, January 14, 2016

Creator God

The usual way Christians think about God - he is powerful and COULD create in an instant so he would obviously WANT to to create in an instant. 

But if you are committed to instant creationism play along and use this as a thought experiment. How does it change your view of God to think of him as enjoying the creation process. 

If you talk to a carpenter they in enjoy the process of creating more than the finished product. There was a lego builder interviewed on TV last night - he spends weeks building a meticulous model of something and when it is finished he pulls it all apart and starts building something new. God as created a world with endless creative possibilities. I am coming round to the view that instantaneousness is the way we want things - I am not so sure God does things the same way. If you have all of space and time why not be endlessly creative with it. Continue the thought experiment - where do we get theology from - theologians - and most pastors, teachers and book people can't build anything to save their lives - of course God would plan and then build in an instant who could be bothered with the process. 

But ponder this Jesus spent most of his life as carpenter/stonemason - how do we view that ... well he had to do something to fill in time before the real event. But perhaps Jesus enjoyed the chiselling the fine crafting, the physical touching of stone and wood with his human hands. God doesn't do anything by happenchance and I think there is more to Jesus' profession than meets the eye.


  1. I like that point Brian, and wonder what sort of items Jesus crafted. The Greek word “tectnon” is used in Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:55, so he was a technologist!

    It's also clear that God/Jesus invites us into the creative process.

  2. Interesting. If we pursue that line of thought we could imagine God playing along step by step in making an ever more complex universe. Or, just setting the rules - he is the rule - and watching with pleasure as it unfolds according to plan. That thought would take care of one of the arguments against 'evolution' by the creationists. As you no doubt know, they like to say, how could a good God allow all the suffering that happenstance evolution with its failed mutations etc. Well, then again, how does he 'allow' all the suffering in today's world? And could we call God 'acting' in this way 'evolution'? Wonderful way of tackling the argument also of those who think we can't have both God and something we humans call evolution. Or are we just back at Deism...