Dion's random ramblings

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

God and mystery... There is comfort in NOT knowing everything!

From time to time I feel a little uneasy when I can't quite 'get my head' around the nature, person and will, of God!  God is sometimes mysterious, always powerful and loving.  At times I struggle to understand why bad things happen to good people, and why bad things go unpunished!

In recent months I have met many people who present such a certain and authoritative perspective on the person and will of God.  At times I have found such certainty comforting - it is great to know that there are people who feel so sure about the God whom we love, and whom we know loves us...  But more frequently it unsettles me since I am not always that sure and certain about this incredible God!

As a thinking with that strange mix of the empirical (science) and the phenomenological (faith) I frequently find that one has to critique and enrich the other.  So, when I found this quote below it encouraged me to realise that sometimes it is OK not to have everything 'buttoned up'... God is ultimately God, and I am only human!  

We are talking about God. What wonder is it that you do not understand? If you do understand, then it is not God. 

- St. Augustine

Indeed, if one is able to fully understand God, then God would be contained within one's mind - then God would be limited by the size and capacity of one's intellect.  So, there is comfort in knowing that God is bigger than my limited mind and understanding!


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