Friday, May 3, 2013

The Artist's Restoration

For the glory of God . . . . Everything revolves around this . . . is as close as we can get to the "why" of it all.

Another picture of this. . . .

So, the skeptic, the so-called "atheist" rebel God-hater is always wanting to second guess the "why" and "how" God does what He does; for example related to this creation.  Why not just make everything good and perfect and leave it alone?  Why did He make it so that sin could enter in and corrupt the creation . . . such that He then seemingly has to come back in and "fix" it through His Son?

Well, imagine you are at an artistic event.  There is the stage and the artist has created some masterpiece which you and the audience are sitting there appreciating.  Wonderful!  His exquisite work shows His glory, His vast creative ability. . . .

But then, picture this:  The art-piece is completed, there on the stage, with everyone admiring it . . . and a bunch of dirty, mean, violent, thugs suddenly burst onto the scene and begin trashing the Artist's creation.  You all watch in horror as they do their best to upend the piece, beating it into something unrecognizable, dumping trash on it, burning it, smashing it, twisting its once beautiful and symmetrical parts and portions into a stinking, debris-strewn mess. . . .

The Artist waits until the saboteurs are practically finished with their destruction, then retakes the stage.  He could have stopped the mocking, perverse and hateful trespassers early on in their orgy of mayhem and started over, barring them from entry onto the scene, but instead, he let them have their run.

But the creation--the Artist's work--is now a near complete shambles. . . .

The audience watches with sadness and anger as the Artist rummages through the rubble, thinking the whole thing a loss.

The Artist, however, begins cleaning the stage while also taking and using the garbage the vandals brought in . . . to restore the creation. 

The audience's grief begins to transform to wonder and awe and amazed appreciation as He remakes the work into something even more beautiful, more impressive, good and perfect, even while utilizing what the destroyers did in their destructive frenzy.

Which shows the Artist's character, ability, creativity, genius more?  If He had merely started over at the beginning of the corruption of His work . . . or by having allowed the corruption its course and then using it to remake, restore His first effort?

Finally, he nabs the vile gangsters and sends them off with the authorities to get their punishment, imprisoned, although some of them feel remorse and repent of what they did, and these He forgives saves to include later as fellows in His next astounding project. . . .

This scenario popped into my head the other day as I was pondering this life, the Fall and the complaints of unbelievers. . . .

I know it is not a perfect analogy . . . but yet I think it shows in simplistic fashion something like the "why" God is doing things the way He is related to this creation/corruption/restoration. . . . Though, ultimately, His "thoughts are not our thoughts" and it is futile to expect to understand fully, from our position as creatures, the magnitude and mystery of HIS "why's" . . . should there even be any in the way WE conceive of it. . . .

God bless  

2 comments:

Linda L. said...
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Brenda James said...

Great analogy! I ask alot of questions too and why is the hardest one.. as He is beyond what I can imagine.. but this helps expand the picture. thanks!

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