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Measuring God

How are you going to do it? How do you weigh the Infinite? How do you measure the Absolute? How do you test the IQ of Omniscience? Would you measure God for a suit? Would you ask His age,or how much money He has in the Bank of Heaven? What about race, or His education? What are His interests, likes or dislikes, pet peeves, political opinions? Or maybe you want to ask just one thing only: What are His dreams, His loves? Only you humans would ask God such, only you would try to scale Divinity, only you can breed such arrogance-- the tiger burning bright asks for no accounting, nor does the deer as it's slain, nor the eagle as it soars nor the reptile as it slithers--but YOU do, you creature of singular gifts! You want to take the measure of the Creator, though you've been told you're made in His image, something not told to the lion or the polar bear or the butterfly and still you want to measure Him.... But why? Why must you always try put God...in...a...box? You made untold numbers of idols, all reflecting your vanity, not His. And then when He came to you as one of you, a human being, what did you do? You could not understand how God could speak so simple and true, you could not grasp what He offered you, and so, you killed Him. A few of the wisest of you knew, knew it was never God you tested, never God you wanted to take hold of, never God you wanted to understand: It was you all along you wanted to see, that thing called a soul, which you both doubted and longed for, that thing even death could not harm, that Being of Air and Light you saw in the Man crucified.... [rec'd n/a in Brian Strand's New Contest #8, August, 2020]

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Date: 8/14/2020 9:33:00 PM
... You broached a 'tired' topic with a tangible bent. Sparks relection, examination. You're right, - many forms, and none, are His. More listening to the Lord needed...
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/15/2020 9:46:00 AM
Oh yes, Sigrid, amen to that! And thank you....
Date: 8/14/2020 6:29:00 PM
Amazing writing, LJ. Your arguments have the ring of God speaking to Job. Congrats to you for the win you deserve. Many great images and references ~ John
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/15/2020 9:43:00 AM
Thank you, John, I am honored--and Job as it happens is one of my favorite books in the Bible--perhaps I had it unconsciously in mind....
Date: 8/14/2020 1:39:00 PM
Powerful write, LJ! - our efforts to escape our finite minds trying to plumb the depths of God. I especially like the second stanza - "measure God for a suit!" Delightful! Congratulations on your win!
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/15/2020 9:44:00 AM
Thanks Sam--glad you liked it
Date: 8/14/2020 10:47:00 AM
An interesting perspective L.J enjoyed this thoughtful write, congrats on a nice win!
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L. J. Carber
Date: 8/15/2020 9:46:00 AM
Thank you John, I'm glad you like it.
Date: 7/13/2020 9:35:00 AM
Very interesting, Len. I and my wife have been reading the Old Testament recently, and have concluded that it bears more truth of the fallibility of mankind than the nature of God - the ‘God‘ described is rather a reflection of, and limited by human experience. As your final stanza suggests, when we have learned more of our own nature we may be in a position to measure God.
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L. J. Carber
Date: 7/17/2020 11:16:00 AM
I think you made a good point, Geoff-- a lesser intelligence can never comprehend a far greater one. Sometimes I wonder if God finds it frustrating, trying to 'get through' to us...