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December 1, 2008

Is God From Another Dimension?


"Is God from another dimension?" Ben asked me tonight. Time, space and infinity are fascinating concepts to my 8-year-old son. The idea of God's presence being everywhere, without a beginning or an end, is a source of intrigue and countless questions for him.

I find myself falling into a standard default mode as I answer Ben's questions. "God is more than we can ever imagine — and no, I don't totally understand it myself. As big as I can imagine God to be, God is even bigger than that."

Ben likes to ask me Big God Questions for two reasons. First, it's an effective stall tactic for putting off bedtime and keeping me in his room. Second, he's honestly intrigued by the concept of God. "How can God be so big to be everywhere at the same time?" and "How can God be so little to be inside of me?" are two of his favorite stumpers.

Embracing the mystery of the faith I'm passing to my children isn't always easy for me. In my pre-kid years, I was a reporter at the city's daily newspaper and my work wasn't complete until I could answer who, what, when, where, how and why in my stories. Back then, I ate up books such as "The Case for Faith" and "The Case for Christ" because they seemed to hold some answers to the questions I had about Christianity. But these days, especially in my life with children, I'm more interested in the narrative and stories of the Bible, and in the questions they inspire within me and my children.

It's a journey to another dimension for all of us. 

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