ESSAY – GOD’S SENSE OF HUMOR

laughing jesusThis essay goes to the heart of one of my main complaints with a lot of theology. I’ve always thought God was like a Great-Uncle who laughed at our stupidity (hopeful;y with us) as he corrected us. That stern forbidding God that never cracks a smile, nah, not so much. Like the essayist says, design a Giraffe without a sense of humor? Who are you trying to kid?

That doesn’t of course mean that worshipping God and his Son is any less a serious business, it’s not. But I don’t care how serious it is, the best amongst us laugh, at their predicament, at their opponent, at themselves, but I don’t think they laugh at God. Why, because they laugh with Him. Enjoy the article.

The attribute of God that is most forgotten and most relevant for today is God’s sense of humor. In the story of Creation the Book of Genesis quotes God as saying, “Let us make man in our own image.” And so He did. And He saw that it was good, very good. Since that time man has been making God in his own image. And that is not good at all. Most of these man-made images of God are caricatures

We often picture God as a serious old man, burdened with the incredible task of managing this vast, complex universe and providing adequately for all of His creatures, especially for the fickle, fallible, unpredictable human beings. But God is not old. Neither is He young. It is the passing of time that makes one young and then old. God exists outside of time. God exists in eternity, in an eternal now. And God is not serious, at least in the sense of being burdened with a task that is too big for Him. Is it more difficult to manage the universe than to create it out of nothing? And most of all God is not sad. God is perfectly and eternally happy, and enjoys a divine sense of humor. The sense of humor we have, if we have one, is but an imperfect participation in God‘s sense of humor.

A sense of humor, of course, is a sense of the humorous. So what is humorous? The humorous is that which is unexpected, incongruous and preposterous. At the circus, for example, it is the incongruity of the clown with the baggy pants, bulbous nose, long shoes, and painted face that is humorous. At the movies we laugh at the “Three Stooges” because they are always doing the unexpected, the incongruous and the preposterous.

A sense of humor then is simply a sense of truth, a sense of reality that enables us to discern the untrue, the unreal, the incongruous and the preposterous. God has a perfect sense of humor then because God is All-Truth and God is the “really real,” the source of all reality.

Creation is filled with the humor of God. Consider the giraffe, the kangaroo, the zebra, the ostrich, the hyena and the baboon. Could a serious, humorless old man even conceive of such creations? And what about us? Man has been called an “angelic animal.” What an unexpected, incongruous and preposterous combination! Angels are perfectly at home, wherever they are. Animals are perfectly at home in this world. But we are not. We are like displaced persons. We have not here a lasting city. And we do not have it all together. We are a bundle of contradictions. “The good we will we do not and the evil we will not that we do.” We are proud as devils and act like jackasses.

via ESSAY – GOD’S SENSE OF HUMOR.

And there is your lesson for today, even the worst of situations is funny. laugh and God will laugh with you. What could possibly be better? Because nothing is funnier than we and our overweening ambitions and seriousness of purpose, anyway. You know Gods looks at our earnestness and laughs, just like our dad’s did.

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15 Responses to ESSAY – GOD’S SENSE OF HUMOR

  1. “Since that time man has been making God in his own image. ”

    This is true as we attribute to God all the emotions that we has humans possess. One thing is for sure. God does play jokes. Once again in last night’s lottery drawing I was just one number off of having a winning combination. Happens all the time. God must think it is funny. I don’t. It would be different if I had only one or two or none of the correct numbers. But to be just one number off consistently proves that God has me in His sights for tricks.

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    • NEO says:

      There you go, Carl, still you did better than me, though. 😉

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  2. the unit says:

    Good luck Carl. Why wouldn’t God have a sense of humor, He’s lasted longer than Bob Hope and Red Skelton combined. 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    Just happen on to this verse. Actually 1/2 verse I post. Perhaps out of context, but indicates God does laugh.
    Proverbs 1.
    26: I also will laugh at your calamity,………………….

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    • NEO says:

      🙂 and if we are wise, so will we!

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      • the unit says:

        I’m told that’s what Proverbs is all about becoming… wise in understanding of God.

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        • NEO says:

          That’s what they say. And I’ve found it pretty much so.

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        • the unit says:

          Haven’t progressives had school children singing Songs of Obama? Not wise.

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        • NEO says:

          Very unwise to conflate a man with God, or even a nonproductive man with a leader.

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        • the unit says:

          Well, maybe in a few years he will just become another old golfer and…and…slip and fall on the balls all old golfers who never died lost.

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        • NEO says:

          Maybe he should resign and start now.

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  4. the unit says:

    If he would release his scorecard he might be disqualified without need for impeachment and conviction. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Ah, well, as much practice as he gets, he must be better than me, at least! 😀

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      • the unit says:

        And besides that he probably has a hole in his pocket and plays with his putter all day.
        Good Night! 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Bwahahaha. Good night, unit! 🙂

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