Sunday, October 7, 2012

It has been said, "We are Infinite"

“We are infinite.”

The serpent lured Eve into believing she could have it… infinite life, infinite knowledge, infinite wisdom.
“You surely will not die!”…. 
“You will be like God, knowing good and evil”… 
“When the woman saw that 
the tree was (in her own estimation) good for food, 
and that it was (from her own perspective) a delight to the eyes, 
and that the tree was 
desirable to (according to a source other than God) 
make one wise...”   ~Genesis 3:4-6

The Tower of Babel was constructed because the people believed they could have it… infinite power, infinite possibilities, infinite self-provision, infinite unity, infinite independence.
“Come, let us (not depend on God any longer, but) build for ourselves 
a (self-sustaining) city, and a tower 
whose top will reach into (God’s realm) heaven, 
and let us make for ourselves a (different godless) name”… 
“The Lord said, …”this is what they began to do, 
and now nothing which they purpose to do 
will be impossible for them.”   ~Genesis 11:4

So, what’s the big deal?  Why not proclaim we are infinite?

First, the word infinite must be defined.  

If you recall your Geometry lessons, a line segment has both a beginning point and an end point.  A line having a beginning point but without end is called a ray.  A line, in order to be infinite, must be without beginning or end.

The human race inherently ate the fruit right along with Adam & Eve, assuming the fate of a line segment.  The free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ offered to lift us, geometrically speaking, into the ray category.  But infinite is an apt description of God and God alone. 
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."  ~Rev. 22:13  

It is not a surprise to God, nor is it a new idea, that we strive for infinity.  In fact, He Himself gave us that desire. 
He has made everything beautiful in its time.  
Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, 
yet so that he cannot find out 
what God has done from the beginning to the end."  
~Eccl. 3:11 

God purposely designed us void of infinity.  He knew that we would not desire eternity unless we lacked infinity.  He knew that our relationship with Him would be magnified through dependency upon Him.  He knew that we  would need direction and motivation to focus our praise and worship on Him alone.

God is infinite because He IS… and we are finite beings because He IS.
We have because of who God is.   He simply IS.  We are defined by Him.  He defines Himself.
In the same way, we love because God first loved us…  and, God IS Love.

Consequently, it is irrational to endeavor to define ourselves based on ourselves… or our aspirations of infinity.

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