Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Divine IM? ... no ... Divine I AM

Paul in his usual humorous way has an entry here describing some of the annoyances of IM systems. (I've recently run into something similar but that will have to wait for a different post).

Not surprisingly :), I do have an issue with Paul's “theology”. Yahweh (the God of the Bible) is a God of Relationship. IM is a rather un-relationship form of communication. In fact, I distinctly remember a conversation with someone well known in the identity industry, talking about how IM “paled” (my word) in comparison to meeting the person face-to-face. IM is useful in its own right but not one that takes the place of a personal conversation.

The giving of the Ten Commandments was not a short handoff of a “set of instructions” but rather a time where God spoke directly to the whole nation of Israel (Exodus 19-20). God then called Moses to a 40 day conversation at the end of which he received the stone tables.
Moses speaking in Deuteronomy 9:9-10...

“When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the Lord had made with you [Israel], I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water. The Lord gave me two stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God. On them were all the commandments the Lord proclaimed to you on the mountain out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.”
Yahweh communicated directly with the people of Israel and Yahweh still desires to communicate with each of us as well.

I do, however, agree with Paul on one thing. Too often we are “screening” out God.
Yahweh22: YT?
Moses88: I am not here right now.
Yahweh22: Moses, I know you're there, I can SEE you.
Moses88: Sorry Boss, I was screening.
Yahweh22: Well don't, it's annoying.
How can we possibly have a relationship with Yahweh (the creator of the universe; Genesis 1) if we don't listen?

P.S. For those wanting the Biblical facts... the story of the burning bush can be found in Exodus 3-4 and the story of the 10 commandments can be found in Exodus 19-20.

Saturday, July 07, 2007