Kindelberger on God’s Contingencies

Without pressing the matter too far, one could look as far back as the beginning to see that God has always been a resourceful, plan B kind of Creator: “Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; . .  . But for Adam no suitable helper was found” (Gen 2: 19– 20). 12 God not only granted Adam the responsibility of choosing a helpmate but also allowed him to reject God’s numerous creative proposals. This was after God described the very situation he had brought the man into as “not good” (2: 18). Regarding this not so good situation, literary scholar Lee Humphreys remarks, “Apparently Yahweh God judges his creative effort as not yet quite right. He has second thoughts about the human condition.” 13 This is indeed a provocative statement, yet it rings true that God did say that what he himself had made was not good. 14 It seems God has accepted the necessity of his own vulnerability in his new relationship to a freethinking, foreign being, so much so that he invited this new creature’s critiques into his once independent existence. Yahweh was now experiencing what it means to bring another volitional, freethinking, wise, and even critical being into his own world.

Kindelberger, Roy D.. God’s Absence and the Charismatic Presence: Inquiries in Openness Theology (Kindle Locations 205-216). Wipf & Stock, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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