Last summer my brother found a few rather atheistic videos on YouTube, decided he couldn’t leave that heresy unchallenged, and took the opportunity to share the Gospel by leaving comments, and following up on the conversation regularly. (Rather Dominican of him, I thought!) This has continued on for a few months now, and he keeps up with these conversations that he started last summer. (Not a bad way to spend an afternoon! Preaching the Gospel of Christ all from the comfort of his computer chair! Love that boy!)
He shared a few of his conversations with me one afternoon, and what he told this one guy really made me think. (Now, I’m nowhere near atheist, but that’s just how profound this fella’s mind is.)
The question: “Ok, supposing that there IS a god, how do you know it’s the God that the Church professes? Why not Buddha, Zeus, Ra, etc.?”
The response: because we, who profess belief in the Triune God -Father, Son, and Spirit-, do not understand our God. Man-made gods we can understand. We know what motivates them, what makes them tick, and why they do what they do. We do not understand the God of the Bible. He is our Creator, and we cannot understand Him. A computer does not understand the mind of its creator, it only ‘understands’ what it is programmed to understand. Now granted, we are much higher than mere computers to God, we are made in His image after all, but just like a child does not understand why his parents do what they do, we do not understand the mind of our Heavenly Father. That is one way (of many ways) that we know our God is the True God – we don’t understand Him!
This made me think about how often we try to put God in a box. We try to use theology, Scripture, reason, logic, and anything else we can get our hands on to explain away the mysteries of God. While we should most definitely use these means that God gave us to learn more about Him, we should use them with the knowledge that they can only help us learn more about God, but they will not allow us to understand Him. Remember, He created us, and gave us our ability to use these gifts. God’s Mind is so far above our minds, His Ways so far above our ways, and His Thoughts so far above our thoughts, all we can truly do is admire the beautiful Mystery that is our God.
While it is very human to want to put God in a box, somehow classify Him, or sort Him into some organized chart or grouping, He transcends all of that. Man likes to arrange things in such a way that it makes sense. God, by His very Divine Nature, cannot make sense to us.
And if you think about how beautiful a mystery is, especially this Mystery, why would you want it any other way?