It is often said in many different ways that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 pretty much sums it up with,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
In Hebrews 3:10, the Holy Spirit says, ‘They will always go astray in their hearts, and they have not known my ways.”
It seems like arrogance on our parts to think with our finite minds and finite imaginations that we could understand God’s plans for us or each other and others. It seems odd that we think we can claim with certainty what it is God wants or what God says in any given moment. We think we can speak for God when it should be pretty clear that God can speak for Himself and already has spoken to us, plainly enough about His expectations and intentions. God can speak through us– but without the Holy Spirit guiding us, our efforts at trying to speak as God would speak would be laughable.
Here’s the point I am getting at. God has infinite ways in which to communicate with us. God has all the means and power to speak to any group of people or all of humanity as He wishes. The message He gives to one group is no more or less divinely inspired than the message He may give to another group. The messages may be different for different people, different cultures, different languages, and to people with different, specific needs– but however different the messages may be, God is the unifying source and the one doing the talking or delivering of messages.
It seems our self-centeredness or egos get in the way of understanding the message as well as the messenger. We naturally assume that the message we receive is the ONLY message and that our message is somehow superior to all other messages out there. We assume that OUR interpretation of that message is the ONLY interpretation that matters. This is how religious-inspired wars begin, people. By assuming that somehow our connection to God is exclusive and superior to anyone else’s. By assuming anything, we diminish God and drag Him down to finite mortal standards and definitions. We assume that there is only one way to define and understand God.
Why can’t an almighty God speak to us in a mosque just as clearly and plainly about love and compassion and forgiveness as He might in a synagogue or cathedral or chapel or church? And why would we assume that God does not speak to Buddhists, Hindus, Native Americans, Aborigines, Wiccans, Jews, Christians, Muslims, and everyone else with the same core values of love, compassion, patience, kindness, forgiveness, humility, justice, and fairness?
God can be infinite to our finite population and our finite imaginations. He can expand our minds and our hearts if we were only willing to allow God to do His work with us. If we were only more open to the possibilities and more aware and open of the expansiveness of God’s creations! If only we understood that everything around us has potential and more to it than just the superficial and surface. If we started to begin to see things with spiritual eyes as opposed to just our everyday finite eyes, maybe we would see some things as God might see them?
Just a thought.