[the beauty of simplicity]

[the beauty of simplicity]

Truth is always stranger than fiction. We craft fiction to match our sense of how things ought to be, but truth cannot be crafted. Truth is, and the truth has a way of astonishing us to our knees, reminding us that the universe does not exist to fulfill our expectations.

Because we are imperfect beings who are self-blinded to the truth of the world’s stunning complexity, we shave the reality into paper-thin theories and ideologies hat we can easily grasp, and we call them truths. But the truth of the sea, in all its immensity, cannot be embodied in one tide-washed pebble.

Dean Koontz, A Little Big Life

I bought yet another Koontz book yesterday. I couldn’t resist. I love his writings – fiction and non-fiction alike. This particular book is about his dog Trixie, a golden retriever, as well as a bit of his own autobiography. If you have ever read Koontz, you might have noticed that in almost every single book, there has to be a dog. Sometimes the dogs are background characters, sometimes they are among the leading ones.

While this book is mainly about his dog, Dean Koontz brought more than just canine stories into it. The quote above intrigued me… and I couldn’t help but nod in agreement.

While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle—and Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us who are personally called by God himself—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.”

Paul, 1 Corinthians 1:22-25, MSG

Truth is always stranger than fiction.

I know people who think that Bible is just a collection of myths and tales. Talking donkeys and parting the seas – stories good enough only for kids who don’t know the real life yet.

Me? Those stories only prove that God’s got a sense of humor and lots of power.

My Bible teacher used to say that we create our own realities (he was into eastern mystic stuff, but that’s another story). I actually sort of believe we do – we make assumptions, we complicate matters, and then end up blaming God for making this world so terribly confusing.

Back to what Paul was talking about – the Message. Sometimes it feels awkward to tell someone about Jesus because in the process of telling, you suddenly find yourself listening to your own words and wondering “WOW, it really does sound strange, doesn’t it?”

Yet, that is the beauty of the Gospel.

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.

John 3:16-17, MSG

The beauty of simplicity.

Truth is stranger than any fiction, yet doesn’t lose its truthfulness.

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