Becoming Clay

Time is like a zipper. The past has been determined, while the future remains open. The present is that very interval of interaction between what is yet to be into becoming what has been. For our interaction with the eternal God to be at all meaningful, He must necessarily experience time sequentially as we do since its creation. This profoundly implies the openness of the future being guided by God, if we follow His will, or else a deviate from it. In this openness of the future, along with our free-will, it is therefore possible and even likely that what God wills for our life and what actually happens may be two different things altogether. The zipper-like nature of time and the gracious merciful nature of God continuously interact, so that even if we disobey and change routes God’s will is powerful enough to meet us in our current “fork in the road” to guide us again in His calling–or even create an entirely new calling.

The sovereignty of God, then, is shown as being even more powerful–He is after all omnipotent. To create an open system for a creature with a profound free-will, guiding the future requires not the stringing of a puppet, but the conviction onto the heart of that creature in and through relationship into a loving bond where the created creature relinquishes his own sovereignty, gifted by the Creator, into the hands of His master. This is what it means to be clay in the Potter’s hands.

Reconsidering Genesis – My Theory on the Tree

Udawalawe National Park

This notion of the tree of knowledge being so tempting and desirable to Adam and Eve has been bugging me lately.  Why was it so very tempting to them if God clearly told them not to eat it?  Was it that these trees, the one of knowledge and the one of life, were more aesthetically pleasing than any other trees in the garden?  Did the leaves have different shades of all the colors of the rainbow?  Did they glow in the dark?  Perhaps every time we consider this story, we tend to treat the temptation too superficially.  We often think of this story in terms of Adam and Eve being like children, when the temptation itself expresses the inner prideful desires we have even before we act out in sin.  The temptation to eat the fruit of knowledge was the temptation to be like God–to know right from wrong and to have authority over it.  We want to decide for ourselves what consititutes right from wrong. Continue reading

From “Daddy” Adam to “Grandpa” Noah

So, my son has a Toddler Bible that amazingly summarizes Bible stories in extremely short paragraphs within only a couple short pages per story.  My wife and I see much benefit in reading him these stories.  He calms down from the day to read a book (of course Dr. Seuss gets his time), he becomes familiarized with the background narratives that form Scripture, he learns repetition from reading the same few stories over again, and he also learns relational titles such as “Daddy” or “Grandpa”.  Since Adam is seen as a younger adult, along with the notion that he is God’s first actual human (the topic of humanoids [e.g. homo-erectus] is a separate study altogether), Adam gets the tag “Daddy” when we read to him about God’s creation of humanity.  Well, since characters such as Noah and Abraham are illustrated as older (i.e. white hair and staffs) they are deemed “Grandpa”.

But, in reading to him I am again reminded of the Genesis narratives.  I know it’s been popular with many Young-Earth creationists to analyze and presume human age-lengths when reading the Old Testament genealogies for the purpose of dating Earth to an approximate date of 6,000 to 10,000 years ago; however, that unnecessary presumption always leads away from the more important questions.  On a side note, I’m not so certain the genealogies are precise Continue reading