Sunday, July 20, 2008

God is Imaginary: #15 Examine Jesus' Resurrection

Examine Jesus Resurrection.

They didn't really examine Jesus' resurrection in this post. They're continuing to rant on the "prayer doesn't work" theme which has been part and parcel of every one of the fifty reasons studied so far (or if current trends continue, "The Fifty Variations of One Reason").

They did, however, include one interesting point in the "Understanding the Rationalizations" box. I'll ignore the cheap shots and go to the heart of the issue. Why did an omniscient, omnipotent, loving God create this misery?

There are three standard answers: the lonely loser hypothesis, the glory hypothesis, and the pleasure hypothesis. The lonely loser hypothesis, which states, in essence, that God created us for our company, has scant support in Scripture, and denies what we know about God--that He is sufficient unto Himself.

The Glory hypothesis, that God created us "to his glory," has little support in Scripture, one verse in Isaiah, I believe, and seems awfully narcissistic. God, in this view, is using us as a mirror in which to admire Himself. There is not enough evidence for this view, and enough against, that I can withhold judgment on this one.

The Pleasure hypothesis, that God created us "for his pleasure," has little support in Scripture, one verse in Revelation, I believe. This one is insufficient as an explanation, in my mind, as humans cause God much more than pleasure. The pain we inflict on Him is severe.

I think a better explanation comes through the analogy God weaves throughout Scripture. He is our Father, and we are His children. Even though the love in a marriage is full and complete (or as much as it can be in a cursed world), people still become parents. All but the most optimistic know that parenthood will be filled with blood, toil, tears, and sweat, but they have children anyway.

Why did God create us? He created us for many of the same reasons that parents have children. To love and be loved. For His Glory, yes, but for ours as well. For His pleasure, but for ours also. In short, He created us that He could be our Father, and we could be His children.

Back to the Fifty Reasons.

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