The Bible & Creativity

The Bible starts with creativity: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth” (emphasis mine).

God is referred to as a potter (Isaiah 64:8), a weaver (Psalm 139), an author (Acts 3:15; Hebrews 12:2), and a singer (Zephaniah 3:17*).

In the Old Testament, God carefully describes his plans for the tabernacle, and it involves art. In fact, one chief artisan is even called out by name for his incredible work: “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur,of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts” (Exodus 31).

Then, of course, there’s Christ and his many parables.

Not to mention the extensive space given to the Psalms, beautiful poetry/lyrics that were often set to music.

Or that the Bible itself is a written work of art.

God is lauded as the Creator, and then we are told we are created in his image.

Christianity and creativity have held hands ever since the world began– actually, even before that.

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*Some people believe where this verse says God will “rejoice over you with singing” that rejoice over you means he dances.

Image credit: Anders Sandberg

Love in the form of Story

One of the ways I experience God’s love is in my enjoyment of story.

Does that make any sense?

What I mean is that when I lie awake in bed at night with ideas, characters, and stories tripping capriciously through my mind, I feel like God’s beloved.  When I read incredible writing that makes my brain fizz and my fingers itch, I feel confident that God is good and that He loves me deeply.  Why else would he offer me something so unfathomably beautiful?

Beauty, period.  Why invent loveliness, color, sound, except out of sheer grace?

And for me, story.  The delight of it all is like a resting place.

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