Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Not that close to center

Most have us have been told that God created the universe, created all that exists within the universe, and employed the depths of his omnipotence and omniscience to create this because he desired fellowship with man. Have you heard of this line of thinking before? It's a very sweet idea, and it would be a great slogan for a Christian motivational poster if it weren't for what the Bible actually teaches, which is that this idea is almost blasphemous. Are we to believe that God-in his infinite perfection-was lonely? And that the response to this loneliness was to create a bunch of glory thieves? Is that the infinite God's solution to this hypothetical imbalance in his relational well-being? This is what many of us have been led to believe. And out of our self-regard, we like to picture that a holy, glorious, splendid God-perfect solely within his Trinitarian awesomeness-wanted to be able to stand in a warm-hued living room, romantic music swelling, and look across at us to say, "You complete me."

No. We are not created as some missing link in God;s emotional experience. To think this way makes us the centerpiece of the puzzle of the universe! But we are not that close to center.

(Chandler, Matt, and Jared C. Wilson. The Explicit Gospel. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012. Print. 32)

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