Sunday, January 26, 2014
God Doesn't Give Us Eagles
I think the answer is this: the same God that is the Lord of our world is the Lord of Middle Earth. Tolkien understood a truth, I think, that we often overlook, especially when things are at their hardest. God doesn't give us an "out", He gives us a "means".
God works through intermediaries most of the time. We don't know why (or at least I don't), but we have plenty of evidence that. God could have simply teleported the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land; He gave them Moses and Aaron. Jesus could have appeared on earth as a full-grown 30-year-old man, but He chose to have a mother. God could have given Noah's family gills; He gave them blueprints.
And God (and, as a subcreator, Tolkien) did not give Frodo a direct flight to Mordor. He gave him Sam. And He gave him Gollum.
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