Have you seen Will Ferrell’s movie Stranger Than Fiction? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. Far different from the standard Will Ferrell movie like Anchorman, Talledega Nights, or Step Brothers, this movie is at least semi-serious. In it, Will Ferrell plays an IRS worker who begins to hear a strange voice narrate his life, which he discovers to be the voice of the author of a book in which he is the protagonist. It’s a clever premise, and it begs the question: If I were a character in a book, how could I be able to relate to the author?
Tim Keller says this,
“C. S. Lewis wrote that if there is a God, we certainly don’t relate to him as people on the first floor of a building relate to people on the second floor. We relate to him the way Hamlet relates to Shakespeare. We (characters) might be able to know quite a lot about the playwright, but only to the degree that the author chooses to put information about himself in the play.”
I’ve always found this quote insightful, but I do think it’s fair to ask why hasn’t God revealed more to us?
When trying to answer why God does certain things, we need to acknowledge that we can only speculate based on what he has revealed. So I want to be clear that I don’t know God’s mind and what I’m doing is just speculation.
When we look at the start of the bible, we see how desiring to know more than God intended us to know is damaging. Let’s look at this famous exchange in Genesis 3 (emphasis mine).
“But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” Genesis 3:4-7
The world is broken. War, rape, sickness, death. These are all signs of the brokenness we caused when we rebelled against God. In this passage, we see that our desire for knowledge – our desire be knowledgeable like God – was central in leading us down the path of destruction.
So we can say that increased knowledge doesn’t always correspond with an increase in our well-being, and I believe this is one reason God hasn’t fully revealed himself. Next week we will see that God desires to give us something far greater than knowledge.