Friday, 28 April 2017

the unimposing creator

Astonishingly, the Creator seldom imposes himself on his creatures. It requires attention and effort on our part to 'remember your Creator,' because the Creator slips quietly backstage. God does not force his presence on us. When lesser gods attract, God withdraws, honouring our fatal freedom to ignore him.
- Philip Yancey, Rumours of Another World.

I read something very recently - annoyingly, I can't remember where, I'd thought it was this book, which I'm still reading, but I can't see it - to the effect that if God had wanted to force us to believe then Jesus after his resurrection would have appeared to Pilate and Herod rather than the disciples.