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you thought that I was one like yourself. (Psalm 50:21)

My childhood was full of talking animals. From the stories of Tom and Jerry, Winnie the Pooh and the Jungle Book bears, cats and piglets sprang to life and gave me their opinions. And it is not only animals: in the Lord of the Rings the trees speak; and I seem to remember a talking candlestick in some Disney film or other.

There is a common desire in us to project human characteristics onto animals and other objects. It’s one way in which we understand the world - we put ourselves into their shoes. It’s why we drop food from the table to a dog with large, watery eyes. It’s anthropomorphism.

It’s also very dangerous when it comes to God.

One of the harder things to grasp about God is his utter otherness. He is not a large human, or simply a collection of the best bits of the human race. He does not change with the shifting patterns of thought which flow through the universities. He is not trapped in human systems of what seems right and fair at any given moment (which are only then reversed in the following generation). “You thought that I was one like yourself” (Psalm 50:21). What a mistake!

There is a core Christian understanding that for us to understand anything of God, he must reveal himself to us. This is why we have a Bible - it contains that revelation. That is also why we must also be wary in our speculating about God, since we inevitably end up making God in our image.

Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer

Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer, pilgrim thru this barren land;I am weak, but Thou art mighty! Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand - Over the next forty years it is estimated he travelled some one hundred thousand miles on horseback in the service of the gospel, and penned over eight hundred hymns. Those around him knew him as the “sweet singer of Wales”.

The Hour Has Come

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him (John 17:1) - “The hour has come” and a new dawn has flickered into view.

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