Tuesday, 30 May 2006

Is God laughing?

While laughing with a jolly friend, I was wondering if God thinks I'm funny. I wondered what his sense of humour is like, and what it's like when you're omniscient and always know the punchline. Does he laugh at farts, like me? Is his favourite sitcom 'Smack the Pony' or 'The Office'? Does he get irony and sarcasm, in the sense that it tickles him?
I concluded that Jesus must have laughed, or else he wouldn't have been such a big hit at parties. And also, most of our laughter seems to me to be a good thing. So I reckon it's part of the bit that reflects the fact we're made in his image. If it's not sinful (which of course it can be) then it must be in some way Godish, mustn't it?
So, anyway, I decided to check out what makes God giggle by looking up laugh, laughter and laughing in a concordance. I was a bit disturbed by the results...
Psalm 2:4 "The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Then he rebukes them in his wrath...."
That's quite a scary sort of laughing...
Psalm 37:13 "but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming"
Ha, ha!......Ha?
So what does he think of our laughter?
Proverbs 14:13 "Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief"
Ecclesiastes 2:2 "'Laughter' I said, 'is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?'"
Ecclesiastes 7:3 "Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart."
James 4:9 "Grieve, mourn and wail. change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom."
Oh happy day! Why don't these quotes ever appear on calenders under a picture of a puppy or a sunset?!

1 comment:

OddBabble said...

Genius. Can we make those posters please, I feel they would go well in Miserable Woman Magazine!

However, check out God's sarcasm.
Reflected in Elijah and the prophets of Baal- (in fact good to carry on the toilet theme) Elijah wondering where Baal is, perhaps he's gone on holiday, perhaps he's on the loo..
And the ultimate in sarcasm- Job 38...
Where you there when I made the morning stars? Have you ever ordered the dawn to take it's place.. erm no would be the answer!
It always seems to be at our expense.. Maybe robbie had it right "I talk to God and he just laughs at my plans..."
An experience all too familar...

By Kath, at Tue May 30, 09:04:00 PM 2006



By -bb-, at Wed May 31, 10:15:00 AM 2006

I actually have Psalm 2:4 embroidered and hanging over my dinner table. Whenever Claire disagrees with me about something I put on a stern face and point at the frame.

By Zoomtard, at Thu Jun 01, 03:56:00 PM 2006

I might actually do that for real! Subversive cross-stich!

By OddBabble, at Fri Jun 02, 10:49:00 AM 2006

Hmmm ... interesting stuff. A bit more mighty epicness than the average Smack The Pony sketch!

:) Lisa

By Anonymous, at Sat Jun 10, 11:27:00 PM 2006