GOD, nature of
I am spellbound by the intensity of Jesus' emotions: not a twinge of pity, but
heartbroken compassion; not a passing irritation, but terrifying anger; not a silent tear,
but groans of anguish; not a weak smile, but ecstatic celebration. Jesus' emotions are
like a mountain river cascading with clear water. My emotions are more like a muddy foam
or a feeble trickle.
G. Walter Hansenin, Christianity Today.
While my young son Doug was looking at a full moon, he asked, "Mom, is God in the
moon?" I explained that God is everywhere. "Is he in my tummy?" Doug wanted
to know. "Well, sort of," I responded, not sure where these questions wee
leading. Then Doug declared, "God wants a banana."
Buff Spies, in Reader's Digest, November
The early church leader Augustine was once accosted by a heathen who showed him his
idol and said, "Here is my god; where is thine?" Augustine replied, "I
cannot show you my God; not because there is no God to show but because you have no eyes
to see Him."
I have observed the power of the watermelon seed. It has the power of drawing from the
ground and through itself 200,000 times its weight. When you can tell me how it takes this
material and out of it colors an outside surface beyond the imitation of art, and then
forms inside of it a white rind and within that again a red heart, thickly inlaid with
black seeds, each one of which in turn is capable of drawing through itself 200,000 times
its weight--when you can explain to me the mystery of a watermelon, you can ask me to
explain the mystery of God.
William Jennings Bryan.