In the Roman Catholic denomination, and, I think, in most major Protestant denominations, one of the themes is how God is active in our lives.
I personally believe that there is little to no divine/supernatural interaction with this world. Even though I believe that God created this world, I also believe that it is a natural world that operates under natural laws and is separate from the “supernatural” world.
Now, reading bible stories, God seems to be a lot more active and involved in those times than he is now. There are a lot of thoughts as to why. For example, there were probably lots of things that the ancient people attributed to God, that God had nothing to do with. Also, not all of us take everything in the Bible literally.
But in thinking of it, I came up with an idea that I haven’t ever heard mentioned before (of course, I’m not too religious, and except for what is taught in my own church, I don’t keep track of religious teachings).
My idea is this. God is described as our father. So, I thought of typical* fatherly behavior. When is a father there the most for his child? A father is most active in the child’s early years.* As the child grows in size and knowledge, the father steps back. Eventually the child is grown, becomes independant, and goes out on his or her own.
So, wouldn’t God be less and less involved as humanity grows? The more knowledge we obtain, the more we advance, the more he steps back. And just as a father can step in to help an adult child, I don’t rule out the possibility of God performing a miracle, although, to be honest, I have doubts if they actually occur or not.
So, anyway, what do you think of my analogy? Obviously if you’re an atheist you’ll think it’s crap because you think the idea of God is crap. Or if you’re of another religion you might not agree because you think of God (or Gods, and/or Goddess(es)) differently. But if you’re a Christian, what do you think?
*Yeah yeah, not all fathers are like this, I know.