Does your experience of God point to an element of unpredictability?
What shapes our concept of God? Are we willing to put our faith in a God who is bigger than our theological constructs, whom we allow to incarnate into our world, surprise us and be endlessly changed by him? Or do we settle for a hand-out, a tradition passed on to us?
For those who say their concept of God is solely shaped by Scriptures and say: Ap. Paul makes it clear that “God is not a God of disorder”, I have some questions: don’t we betray our claim to be inspired by Scriptures (by all 66 books) when we base our understanding of God on Paul (alone) or on certain passages in the Bible? What are we to make of all those stories that seem to catch us off guard in their depiction of God? Can we be faithful to the witness of the sacred texts and hold an honest view of complete order to God’s activities, in that they are always, totally predictable?
What about our experience? Can we say existentially that God is a God of order? Does our experience reflect complete order? Or to put it another way, is “order” the best overarching description of life? Is there cause and effect in every aspect of our life showing a linear development? Does always B come after A and C after B or sometimes C comes after A and B comes after H? In other words can we honestly say that life, in its entirety, is predictable?
This Monday I’m starting a four-part series on order, chaos, God and their interaction in our lives by asking some questions. As we reflect on these, it would be helpful for our conversation here to get your perspective. How would you answer these questions? Although I have an idea of where we’re going with this (I am not totally clueless when I ask these questions 🙂 ), I’m looking to be stirred by you as we navigate these waters together. Invite others to participate in this.
And now, indulge us with your comments …