Humility and Arrogance
Christians contend that God had to come down to earth as a human in order to “humble Himself”. I find this argument completely self-defeating.
God is humble and man is arrogant. By “taking on” the form of a man God cannot become “more humble”.
In any case; if God wanted to become “more humble” than the Christian narrative is completely self-defeating.
Let us try to appreciate a drop of God’s humility.
In order to teach a fallible people that He is the One who they ought to worship He turned the Nile into blood for a week. Let us step back and absorb this. Imagine the Mississippi turning into blood for a week. Imagine a significant body of water near you turning into blood for a week. Just stop and think how it would impact your life and the life of the people around you. Think of the credibility of this miracle.
God could have stopped right there and said: OK, I proved it to you.
The frogs, the lice, the wild animals, the pestilence, the boils, the hail, the locusts, the darkness, and the smiting of the first-born. Still not enough. God still did not say – there you have it – enough of your questioning and doubts.
The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, drowning the Egyptian army in the sea. Let’s pause here for a second. Taking the world’s mightiest superpower and rendering them powerless in one fell swoop – still not enough. Bread from heaven for forty years and water from a rock.
Couldn’t God have stopped here and said. Come on fellas, didn’t you get it already?
But He didn’t.
He revealed Himself to the entirety of the nation from the midst of the fire and sealed a covenant of love with them for all generations.
That is humility.
Contrast this to a human being claiming to be god – and condemning everyone to hell for not accepting his claim – even before any alleged resurrection.
Is there anything more arrogant?
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal