About two years ago, pepperlandgirl started a thread related to religion and homosexuality (gee – that’s a strange juxtaposition of topics! :smack: ) that was eventually hijacked by someone calling himself FriendofGod, a male equivalent to our present member His4Ever. In the course of innumerable switches of topic over three threads and over 15 pages worth of posts, many wise and/or witty remarks from a wide variety of people, and a lot of intelligent questions and answers, Gaudere (not yet on the SDMB staff) located a quotation from Exodus in which the text makes it appear that God mooned Moses:
I was amused by her comment but thought little more about it until reading in John Shelby Spong’s A New Christianity for a New World recently.
While I have for several days left that book seven miles from where I access the board, I thought that what Spong used this passage as a springboard for, is quite an interesting topic to begin a discussion on. This ties to Mars Horizon’s thread on what exactly an “extraordinary proof” might entail.
Essentially, Spong says that we as human beings never see God at work but only “where He has been” – the evidence of His work in the world about us.
This ties into my own observation that while the typical believer sees evidence of God in the perceptible world we all share, it takes belief to see that evidence as suggestive of Him. And also into the Gospel suggestion that Christians are supposed to be living lives that provide the seeker after truth with evidence that the God they proclaim lives within them.
There is nothing more obvious than that Wolf Blitzer does not regularly interview God for CNN, getting His take on world events, nor that Time or Newsweek do not regularly feature stories on miraculous events only understandable as God actively intervening to change the outcome of events.
Yet we who believe claim to see His hand at work in the world, and in particular in the lives of those around us. And we’re called to be “mirrors reflecting Him” so that others may see Him in us.