“In Old Testament times, did God already know about electricity?” Rosemary asked Miguel. The two were sitting together, enjoying a coffee break.
“I think he already knew all that kind of stuff,” mused Miguel.
Rosemary nodded. “I kinda thought so too, but it makes me wonder. Why didn’t God just tell us about it? It woulda saved a lot of time.”
Sam brought his coffee to the table and sat down. “I’d think he’d at least let his people have a technological advantage over their enemies,” he said.
“I don’t think God works that way,” said Miguel.
“Why not?” asked Rosemary.
The question gave Miguel pause.
“You realize this is all hypothetical,” said Sam. “This assumes God is real.”
Rosemary grimaced. “Atheists are the worst.”
“Don’t hate us because we’re right,” scoffed Sam.
“It’s not like you’re so much smarter that everyone else,” protested Rosemary.
“Really? Prove there’s a God. Go ahead, prove it,” taunted Sam.
“Prove he doesn’t,” replied Rosemary.
“I don’t see him. I don’t believe in anything I can’t see. Besides, I asked you first,” said Sam.
“Congratulations, you’ve just denied the existence of gravity, Not unless you have super-eyesight,” laughed Rosemary.
At this point Miguel interrupted. “I think it has to do with the character of God himself.”
“What?” asked Sam.
“I don’t get it,” said Rosemary.
“If you look at the very beginning, what do you learn about God?”
“Beginning of what?” asked Sam.
“Genesis,” said Miguel.
“It’s the creation story,” said Rosemary.
“Exactly. God is creative. It’s the very first thing we learn about him. Since we’re made in God’s image, it stands to reason that we’re creative just like him. That’s why God doesn’t give away knowledge. He let’s us use our creativity to discover it.”
“Creativity is the image of God? That’s crazy,” scoffed Sam.
“Is it? Think about it. Humans are so creative, we do it instinctively,” explained Miguel.
Rosemary’s eyes brightened. “That makes sense. Like, why do we need a so many different styles of chairs? Or clothes? Or anything, for that matter.”
“There’s no other species like us,” said Miguel.
“What about animals who make tools? That’s creative,” said Sam.
“That’s true, but only in a utilitarian sense. We create a thousand different tools. We create things that need the creation of special tools. We create just to be creative,” said Miguel.
Sam threw up his hands. “Whatever. It’s all moot. There is no God, so there’s no image to reflect.”
“Hey Miguel,” said Rosemary. She had a twinkle in her eye. “Humanity is so creative, we even create a belief system that denies the existence of a creator. How ‘bout that?”
“We are a very clever creation,” said Miguel.
Sam rose from the table in disgust. “You people are impossible.”