“I don’t believe I can worship a God that is vulnerable. ”
I had pitched a synopsis of my novel idea. I said we might have the notion of sovereignty and that Scripture reveals a God who limits his liberty to be able to provide humanity involvement and input. I shared how God’s desire to have beings that loved like the liberty to choose differently was required by him. Jesus demonstrated that power was shown in vulnerability.
My friend’s response he couldn’t worship a God that is vulnerable made me smile.
I knew I was on to something.
We think about sheer force, as soon as we think about power. We believe. This is the power that humans recognize–and long for. Plus it’s this type of power that God is attributed to by many religions.
I’m. I believe wholeheartedly in God’s omnipotence (Omni = all, Potent = strong). It’s just I wonder if God wields it like we envision. For many Christians, sovereignty implies that –from cancer into parking areas–every single thing that happens to us is dictated by God. This is what we believe power is.
While I believe God can and does occasionally influence events, I don’t agree this is the primary way he exercises power. Rather, I believe others are empowered by him. And by doing this, makes himself vulnerable.
The choice at the center of creation
In the creation story, the first people are put in a garden and awarded that a singular prohibition. They should not eat of one particular tree–the tree of the knowledge of good and bad. He gave Adam and Eve a choice, and this choice had the capacity. He had the capability to remove this temptation and protect his invention, but he prioritized the relationship with Adam and Eve sufficient to ldquo; rdquo & discuss; his power.
The decision to let them choose disobedience place everything that God had already announced “rdquo & great. Offering them vulnerability was woven by this choice to the fabric of production.
Most Christian theology traces everything disastrous and broken in our planet back to the instant when this fruit is put by the first few . This introduces a significant quandary does love look really look like? Why let it, if the incorrect decision would plunge humanity into a nightmare?
Think about it ; God might have spared himself the pain of watching an timeline of inhumanity. Our history has to be painful for him than we can ever imagine; re told, if he loves us like we & rsquo. Why not restrain the implications of Eve and Adam’s choice? What ifthis fruit that was eating gave them diarrhea for annually?
Unless … God’s desire to get a creation with the ability to genuinely love him –and love such as him –required an ability to make decisions that have staggering, irrevocable effects. What if our capacity to do all the good we&rsquo of is as valuable as our potential to choose differently? They couldn & rsquo, if God wanted people who practiced adore;t be programmed to do great–rsquo ;d they have to take it.
By making this choice, God decided to make himself (and the rest of us) vulnerable to humanity. This doesn’t reduce his sovereignty– it turned out to be a choice.