A Divine Paradox

We tend to think of intimacy and grandiosity as opposites. So too creativity and reason, mercy and justice. As a result, our perception of God tends to lean heavily in one or the other of these directions. But in His case the two sides of each pair coexist elegantly, to infinity in both directions.

I like to think of this by comparing it with a dipole. Magnets (at least as far as we can tell) always have a positive and a negative side. And no matter how you break up the magnet, or how many times, every resulting magnet will have a positive and negative side. You can break it into an infinite number of pieces, and each one will still be positive on one end and negative on the other. At face value, the opposite charges are incompatible. Yet on a deeper level they are intrinsically linked. No circumstance, no amount of manipulation can separate them. They are always present and always proportional. They are two sides of the same coin.

I love the way God’s character is reflected in His creation. Including — perhaps even especially — the paradoxes.

“Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.”
– Blaise Pascal,
Pensées

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