“We are part of the greatest mysteries, and for me that’s enough” (Brian Cox talking to Russell Brand). We heard this on a remarkable YouTube clip of the “atheist” Professor Cox in conversation with the spiritual Mr Brand at FacetoFace a week ago (7pm at Cornerstone, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month). And we observed how unexpectedly similar it was to our view of faith – a great mystery.
Recently I saw a headline from an article about the latest research into gravity, quasars, dark matter and so on: “Think you know what gravity is? Think again. New research is revealing how little we know about this most mysterious of forces.” As it said elsewhere, “Gravity is a mystery. We know what it does, but we don’t know what it is.”
I suppose that is what we say about God in the communion service: “Great is the mystery of faith. Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.”
It’s when we try defining who or what God is that we find ourselves floundering. The definitions we find in the Bible are after all descriptions of what He does, “God is light”; “God is love”. Let’s not try to be too clever.