Some people use the idea of a dance as a metaphor for the ‘relationships within God’ that they believe exist. They see it as a dance where all are one, stepping aside for each other, participating constantly in movement, creating the dance and being one through it. While the metaphor is understood to be partial, many Christians appreciate this particular expression of ‘complex unity’.
What has been done here is a terrible misappropriation of something that is at the very heart of God’s creation, as if it were a part of Him.
Various aspects of goodness interact with each other within creation. The attributes of kindness, justice, strength, glory, humility (the list goes on) are truly one in their source, purpose, and expression. While questions of ethics can be very difficult, through wisdom, these attributes together hold a rich blessing of peace as they honour God’s holiness.
We also see this same kind of dance taking place on lower levels. The elements of nature, and their attributes, come together in many amazing systems, processes, objects, substances; many worlds are formed by diverse parts coming together. Our planet holds fragile ecosystems that support unique environments, in which we and other creatures live. Our societies are made up of many people, values, ideas, and experiences that dance together in a fusion of culture. And most intimately, our friendships, marriages, and families involve the drawing together of more than one to become truly one.
The same is not to be said about our God. No one sees the inside of Him, as if He were a world visible to the eye. It is not only disrespectful but completely away from truth to compare Him to the complexity in any natural unity. While nature is a gift from Him, it doesn’t directly reflect Him in its ‘form’. Let us be humble enough to accept the gift, and call Him our Giver of life and of everything, exploring His greatness and praise within the natural world, but never applying its categories to Him by making an image of the one we pray to.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal