The Divine Anthropic collision
What does having a relationship with God look like? What does a relationship with any person look like. There is some theological circles that have concluded God cannot behave like a “person” as we understand a person. Behaviors such as: Thinking and reasoning, because it would mean God had not figured it out from the foundations of the world. Choosing and decision-making, because it means God had not seen it and chosen it from from the beginning. Experiencing emotion and feelings, because it implies God is capable of being surprised by external influences. Is God capable of having a personality? Who defines God? But more importantly, what has God said of Himself? What evidence do humans have of God's testimony of Himself?
Many disregard Judeo-Christian Scripture as a valid source, perhaps because of it's implications, their bias to it, etc... But Aside from what this great book makes imparts to men, what other medium to we have to communicate with God? Prayer is a more direct relational communication style – but sometimes God does not respond in ways excepted. Grasping for a tangible encounter with God is something Judeo-Christian Scripture exemplifies. In Genesis 32: 22-32, Jacob wrestles with “...a man...” (ESV). This passage is perhaps the only of it's kind in all of Scripture. It suggests that God was incarnate in the Old Testament. Yet, Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 3:24-25, witnessed someone “...like a son of the gods...” (ESV). God evidently wants to represent Himself to us in physical form. How could realistic relationship occur without some kind of tangible experience? Our five senses are: Hearing, Sight, Smell, Touch, Taste. These are senses that are apart of our physical presence in the universe. Yet, we grasp the concept of memories, romance, logic, and hope. What if God desires to interact with us without direct exposure.
God tells Moses in Exodus 33:20, “...you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” John 1:18 confirms the lack of event ever occurring in Scriptures account of history (the strongest account we have of God among men). Exodus 33:23 clarifies just what Moses did get to see of God: “...and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.” It has been said that 'the eyes are like windows into the soul'. What would the soul of God look like? I am petrified by the grazing over the thought! Imagine staring at the sun. No, not on a spring day where the sun is glazed over by a layer of fog. A bright, beautiful day where the actual golden hue of that great centralized Milky-Way star is in full exposure to those on Earth. Is it hard to look at? Not to mention the fact that an Earthlings view Earth is almost 93 Million miles away. What would it be like even closer? It would be hard to say, since our bodies could not handle that immense heat, and luminosity. Perhaps, as Scripture says, “...God is light...” (1st John 1:5b). Not only a great physical overpowering, but also an “optic overload”... What if our mind's could not compute the vast content transferred through the optic nerves of our little created bodies?
Romans 12:2 is a powerful promise for the Christian. Paul admonishes his audience to “...be transformed by the renewing of your mind...” The mind is perhaps empirical science' biggest hurdle. While all things in the universe, some have said, can be physically observed, and determined, the very mind of humans holding the reason and logic used to make observations cannot be isolated into a physically exact unit. The activity of dreaming continues to baffle scientists and neurologists, as they attempt to ascertain just what is going on with only the evidence of brain activity and the dreamer's affirmative acknowledgment of it's occurrence. One of the common way's God chooses to speak is by “...still, small voice...” (1 Kings 19:11-13). Elijah had a substantial faith in God in order to stand in front of 450 prophets of Baal and demonstrate his idiocy, while calling fire down over an alter udderly drenched with water. Yet, when being pursued by the King and Queen, knowing he was one of the few left followers of God in the region, he ran and hid. It was in a cave that God spoke to him by a still, small voice.
The testimony of God is quite obviously present, if we will receive it. And His acts are witnessed around the world in subtle ways, though not as frighten men by his horridly powerful strength. Perhaps relationship with God permits man to request a personal encounter with God. Relationship is individual-to-individual. Our experiences in life open us up to Truth, even though Truth is unchanging.
Make no mistake, When God has made contact with man in the past – monuments have been built, names have been changed, cover ups have been issued, and lives have been forever altered. Colliding with the Creator of the universe will leave us altered, this is certain.