Here is the most recent installment of “Examining Light Novels,” a column I write on Beneath the Tangles. I must say that I was not too impressed with volume 12 of Spice and Wolf and did not even read half of the novel before penning the post. Writing from hindsight, one can safely skip volumes six and seven. After completing volume twelve, I’ll make a judgment on that one too.
Anyway, below is one remark which caught my attention in volume twelve. God is great, and having even the slightest understanding of God makes one a great theologian, as one of the saints mentioned in the Greek Orthodox Philokalia wrote. One of the most important things to understand about God is that He is fascinated by His creatures, not bored of them, which is fortunate for us: we exist because of God’s creative word. If He really became bored of us, He might stop thinking of us and speaking that word, which would cause us to cease to exist.
I suppose we have difficulty imagining God as interested in us, because we have difficulty imagining a humble God. That God is humble boggles the human mind. Part of the reason Christmas is so popular is because the omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient God comes to us as a small, helpless, and speechless infant. This great miracle of humility so astonishes the mind that even non-Christian cultures feel compelled to celebrate it in some way.
May you enjoy the article linked to below!