And God said ...

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light."

The first thing this first passage of the Bible says is God created the heavens and the earth, formless, empty and dark. The next thing it says "And God said". Since I started discussing things with God, it's seemingly little things like this that continue to amaze me. I knew of this passage well before I became an adult, but even when I became a Christian I never really thought about it.

And God said. Why? Man didn't exist - neither did languages as we know them. So why, and how did He speak?

Saying words is only half of the communication puzzle. Ideas become thoughts and are expressed into forms (often words). Another mind takes the expression and translates it back into thoughts and ideas. Hopefully, the ideas are the largely the same for the recipient and sender, although these days that seems to be all too often a rare hope.

Communication within the Godhead does not require words. The nearest I can imagine to that might be the Vulcan mind meld used by Dr Spock in the old Star Trek TV programme - something far beyond our human minds. And if God made us in His image, why does our communication with Him require words? 

God puts ideas into our mind (as do our enemies). When that happens, we don't usually recognise the source of the thought, but as I am learning to do, we can always ask Him.

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Last modified: 28 November 2020.