I must admit I’m a bit of a fan of Apple technology. I’m not so addicted that I have to possess every new piece of equipment they create – I don’t own an i-pad for example – but I am a fan of their creations. I admire their simplicity, their creativity and sheer audacity, which is implicit in everything they do. They have such imagination and are often the innovators and trendsetters in their field, much like I’ve often advocated Christians need to be every field, which is a whole other blog post.
The truth though is that I can’t get my i-phone out and try to get it to comprehend me, or understand me fully. It might know a lot of facts about me – it knows my Facebook friends, Twitter followers, websites I’ve visited, stuff I’ve written, phone numbers of friends and family, and personal details like my address – but it doesn’t understand me completely and cannot explain or understand the depths of my soul, my emotions, what makes me weep, and the complexities of why I do what do, have the friends I do or how I work inside and out, on any more than a factual level. It cannot comprehend the depths of me. I mean, we’d think someone stupid if they asked their phone or computer to understand the depths of their soul wouldn’t we?
Now, the i-phone is a created object. We designed and created it, and so have set the boundaries within which it can work. We have boundaries we have to work within and which limit us, some imposed on us, some of our own choosing. So by definition, as we have defined the boundaries within which the phone works, it’s never going to be able to break those boundaries.
It might work hard, it might try to expand and grow, but the phone on its own is very limited, and there’s only so much it can do.
Human beings have spent thousands of years trying to understand the mystery of God. Great theologians have come and gone, and come up with new and fresh understandings, we’ve had the Bible interpreted and re-interpreted countless times and it has had a profound affect on our values. We have used our imagination to come up with images – through words, pictures, songs, and poetry, to describe God and try and understand Him.
All of these things can point us towards God, and connect us to Him, and bring us into deeper and more intimate relationship with Him. All of these things are good in themselves and helpful in us going deeper with our creator and understanding Him better.
But there is always one simple problem.
We are God’s creation.
We didn’t create Him, He created us.
We are all, essentially, creations of His imagination. (more…)