Experiencing God’s Beauty

What draws people to God and what drives them away?

All too frequently our images of God are developed by philosophers and theologians whose primary question is to produce data about God. We seek precision, coherence, and demonstration of the facts.

But how many people are attracted to God, drawn into God’s saving arms, and transformed through seeing this theoretical structure? Is it even possible to know the things we claim to know, and if so, what is it that we are drawing people toward?

At Energion Publications a number of our authors have been looking at how we think about God. Where do our pictures come from?

Paul presents us with this challenge:

18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Eph 3:18–19). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

This does not exclude the more philosophical and technical approaches. Rather, it invites us to bring not only our intellects but our imaginations and our emotions to the table. It invites us to think of God not just as an object of study, but as a partner in our dreams and sustainer of our hopes.

Dare we imagine a God who is beautiful and attractive? Might we hear that God speak to us?

What Was It Really Like?

When God said, “Let there be light!”
What was it like?

An explosion of sound
Like rolling thunder
Clashing cymbals
Booming drums
Or a wildly cheering crowd?

Or maybe it was glorious music
An engaging ballad,
An organ performance
A symphony
A marching band
Perhaps an explosion of rock and roll.

Perhaps it was a sweet solo,
A Capella words with power
A soprano reaching star high notes
A bass rattling the foundations
A rich contralto
Or a rapper’s energy and rhythm.

Or maybe the Word had no sound
An explosion of light and color
Beauty illumined by soundless word
Dreams of mysterious symbols
Sculptures of thought and design
Even substantial structures of emotions.

Even that might be insufficient, so
A blueprint stretching infinitely
Connections intricate and planned
Mechanisms carrying unresisted power
Measurements of incomprehensible precision
A song, a picture, a word, an action, divine.

Or just God’s Word.
“And there was.”

Source: The Jevlir Caravansary

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

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