God’s Communication Problem?

Image illumination of Turkish ms

Three prophets: Jonah, Jeremiah, Uzeyr
By Painters of Sultan Murad III [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why is God’s communication with humanity so ineffective?

Serious question – not rhetorical, not flippant, frankly curious.

The ineffectiveness of God’s communication with humanity is amply attested in the Bible, and the Qur’an. This could be documented, as needed. God communicates, but people don’t respond in anything like the appropriate or desired fashion to the communication. Why not? Why doesn’t the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God of the theological tradition do better than the average parent, or teacher, or advertiser?


About HAT

Heather Thiessen (HAT) is a happily married 60-ish, Bible-reading, Presbyterian Church Sunday School teaching and choir singing, small fuel efficient car driving, still pretty much 2nd wave feminist and generally out lesbian Hoosier mom. (There are no monochrome states.) From time to time she teaches religious studies to students at a small liberal arts college in Louisville, Kentucky.
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