Communication is complex

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Communication is an amazing thing regardless of the perspective you look at it from. From the beginning of time, God has been communicating, be it with angels, demons, the Creation, and mankind. The Bible clearly shows that God is communication (John 1:1), and “the ability to express oneself remains God’s gift to humanity.”

I see two questions which beg to be answered.

  1. Are we, as humans, meant to be communicators?
  2. If we are, is it important how we go about it?

God created humanity to be communicators, and it is quite important how we chose to communicate. If we cannot communicate the Gospel (literally, the Good News), then how can we take the message of Jesus to the world?

My answer to the first question is yes. Since we are communicators, where did that gift come from? As stated earlier, from God, but specifically when? The Bible states that God breathed life into Adam (Genesis 2:7), and that was the moment life began. This “basic understanding of communication as a result of God’s creating act in history deepens our understanding of God’s own desire for a relationship with His created beings.” I find ironic when critics of Christianity claim that if there was an omnipotent god of the universe, he would be too busy to bother himself with the likes of us. The entire narrative of Bible shows that God has been spending most our history trying to just get us to listen to Him!

Why should the modal used in communication be so important then? The answer is very simple, “[t]here is an act of “creation” in the very process of communicating a message.” God is creative, and we have inherited that gift of creativity. Jesus made it clear in Matthew 28:18-20 that “every Christian’s calling [is] to communicate—in any way possible—the good news of salvation.” My experiences have shown that communication so much more than a simple tool to be used to get what one wants out of life. Communication is an art form, and more specifically, a living art form.

Communication is a living thing? New communication methods are constantly being developed, such as the printing press which took Luther’s Ninety-Five Thesis to the masses, to the phenomena of blogging and micro-publishing via Twitter and Tumblr. Acknowledging that communication constantly evolves; Christians must learn how to harness new methods as they become available in order to effectively ensure the Gospel is delivered to all mankind.

This post is a personal response to God the Communicator by Arne H. Fjeldstad. All quotations are taken from the article. All commentary is the personal opinion of the author.

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  1. 1
    25 May 10

    SteveS

    Hmmmm.

    While I don’t disagree with anything you say, I come away with a feeling that this is off to the side of the things that matter. To me, the starting point is that God (as Trinity) is inherently relational, and created us as relational beings. Communication is the means of relationship; but it is not the purpose. I’m also not sure about pulling the concept of communication out of God breathing life into man. Seems like a bit of a stretch to me.

    I do however agree that communication is best viewed as a living thing – that reproduces every time we share something we heard, mutates as we share it in our unique way, and evolves as the process repeats. A lesson here is that we, as Christians, need to be on constant guard (by frequent returning to the Bible – the original version of the message) to ensure that our gospel has not evolved into a new and different species of message.

    I also think this topic begs for some comment on the gift of tongues. However you understand it, I do think it is significant that one of the major supernatural manifestations of God’s Spirit recorded in the New Testament is clearly communication related.

  2. 2
    28 May 10

    slBarr

    I agree this is definitely not in the upper tier of theological beliefs to build your faith from (that’s another post I’m working on). The perspective I was coming from is how important effective communication is, and support that point by showing how God has been communicating with us from the beginning. As for the evolution of communication, that’s what this site is all about! God made it clear to me some time ago there is a need for positive Christian presence on the Internet, to which this site is one of my responses to that need.

    You made a good point by bringing up tongues though. The Pentecost miracle was definitely one of the most powerful manifestations of God’s creativity and God’s communication! However, I have never personally experienced the gift of tongues, so I feel unqualified to speak on it. I can only voice opinions from those I have seen speak in tongues and research I’ve done.

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