Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday Musings - April 1

To thank God for something that God does not do might be an important misunderstanding of who God is.


Lukas und Céline Kuhs said...

So what does God do?

Greg said...

Lukas, Thanks. Hope you're well. Honestly, I'm not sure what God does for me in a specific way, but maybe God acts in my life emotionally, bodily, or in a neurotheological manner, without determining outcomes. The more we understand about the natural world it wouldn't appear that God gets us out of traffic jams or fills our bank accounts. So, somehow it's maybe easier to propose things that God doesn't seem to do than to suggest things that God does for me. Generally, God may act at the quantum level or maybe act at a level even more microscopic than that??

Lukas und Céline Kuhs said...

Thank You for Your answer.

If God touches somebody emotionally, bodily or neurotheologically and at the same time acts at some yet unknown level, would that not allow him to fill bank accounts?

If God promises to bless his people is it superstition to believe He actually did it in the end?

Greg said...

Lukas, Thanks. Well, God could, but whether God does is another question. Let's say that God touching someone doesn't have the same implications as God filling a bank account or providing a parking place. The former is more interpersonal, the latter deals more broadly with the natural world. God seems to have given nature some degree of flexibility where it has an integrity of its own. It's unlikely that he acts in the latter kinds of ways that believers assume he might. Christians often say things like God did this or that for me - safe journey - good nights sleep, - etc. I don't think God acts in these ways. He could, but when 99% of people of all religious or non-religious beliefs have safe journeys and good nights sleep that seems to have more to do with nature, than with God's direct and specific action for ME.