In a spiritual world of quick fixes and vague emotion, is it crazy to believe there is still a place for insights based on simple, basic, theological understanding. I believe it is worth exploring.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The God of the Ivory Tower
Some people see God as someone who sits up in an ivory tower somewhere, totally detached from us and what we are going through. Someone who looks down and sort of shakes His head at all the foolish things we do and occasionally offers sage advice about how we should live. This is not the God of Christianity. Rather, the Bible says that God came down and became a human being and suffered the things we suffer so that He might rescue us and make us His children if we put our faith in Him (Hebrews 2:9-18; John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11). Further, He promises to be with us and to sympathize with us in our trials and ultimately to bring us home to be with Him forever (Hebrews 4:14-16; John 14:16-21; Revelation 21:4). This does not speak directly to the problem of evil as an intellectual issue. But on the emotional level it makes a huge difference that God is not pontificating somewhere off in heaven, but came down into our world to deliver us from the problems we are in.