Old Thought, New Expression

One of those things I first thought at least a decade ago finds expression in the printed word:

The idea of God as  a being who is unchanging, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent and thus always right is more of a philosophical rendering than a biblical one. In metaphysical theology God is thought to be the perfect being, and perfection is related to the realm of total knowledge, total power, total presence, and absolute oneness.  In contrast, the God we encounter in the Judeo-Christian scripturesseems much more dynamic and messy.

-Peter Rollins, The Fidelity of Betrayal, p. 189, n. 28

What do you think?

One thought on “Old Thought, New Expression

  1. Steve, Certainly it seems a conundrum that Abraham could talk God down to 10 righteous men in the story of Sodom, that He would change His mind about Nineveh, and yet elsewhere it is declared, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

    I suspect that, if our tiny little human minds can grasp this aspect of God at all, the understanding lies in God’s Self-Identification as “I am.” As others have more eloquently explained, He is not “I was” or “I will be” but “I am.”

    Just as space exists as a relationship between objects, time exists as a relationship between events. Amd God seems to have revealed Himself as ultimately a relational Being — first in the Trinity, and then by making salvation available through relationship.

    I would say that in this framework, who says that “unchanging” and “dynamic” are mutually exclusive?

    I won’t go further with this because I’m not sure I can. I’m interested to hear your response though.

    Thanks for providing a forum for such musings. It’s the only place (besides Richard’s blog) that I have the chance to chew on theological stuff …

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