Thoughts to Make the Mind Congeal: The Maddening Effects of Exploring an Infinite God
While considered by many as a terrible film filled with blasphemy—most notoriously so for depicting God as a women—Dogma reveals an aspect of our creator which is rarely discussed.
It was quipped throughout the film that to truly hear the voice of God—both for men and for angels—one’s heads would explode. This was done in jest throughout the film but they, unintentionally no doubt, struck a deep and true cord in how we ought to relate to God.
In the age where Jesus is my homeboy and comics depict him slaying zombies with good old Abe Lincoln, it is hard to image Jesus—the infinite God—as he is. Yes, he was a humble and meek man, but he was also the infinitely transcendent God who is so righteous that if anyone were to see his glory, their face would melt like the Nazi soldiers when they open the Ark of the Covenant in Indiana Jones.
God is Dangerous
And while he is closer than a brother, He is also infinitely beyond us as we are above a microbe—and infinitely more so.
But we in the evangelical community have lost this sort of practical reverence since we split from the Roman Catholic Church. Martin Luther and the Protestant gang came along and toppled Christendom. Thousands died in this wild war. No side was innocent. But from those ashes, people felt freed from the old traditions which restrained their communion and relationship with God. While no doubt those traditions and ceremonies were well over the top, they were put in place to keep the sacredness and transcendence of God in mind as we related to him.
Traditions were established to control the wild hearts of men who tend to make God their buddy and homeboy.
When Christians started replacing Oreos and milk for the sacred and traditional wine and bread, something had gone to far.
The sacred and traditional has a way of guarding us from straying to far for the sake of being innovative.
With the dissolving of these traditions, God tended to become smaller in men’s minds. He is relatable. He is a best friend. He is my homeboy and kicks it with me when I hit the town. Sure. But where is the transcendence. Where is the face-melting power and righteousness so often talked about in the Old Testament?
The problem is that we think we have God all figured out. But He is much more wild and untamable than we are accustomed to.
Both you and I live as if we have God, the scripture, and the entire creation all figured out.
Yes, we know some things. We know about God’s character from the scripture and how he has interacted with humanity in the past.
But God is infinite and infinitely beyond us.
We don’t have him figured out.
To see him as he is and to truly think upon his full being would congeal, like jello, our melted minds.
By its’ very definition, we would go mad.
But to see him in a full sense, and be washed over with the awe instilling and dumbfounding transcendence of his being is a righteous and appropriate endeavor.
Though impossible, it is right to attempt to understand and explore the infinite. It is right for us to try to understand the vastness and infinite nature of God.
To embrace thoughts which congeal the mind.
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