Could the Sea Fill a Cup?

A Muslim may ask:

If we think of the finite body of Jesus as a cup and the infinite God as the sea. Could you tell me how the sea could fill the cup?

First there is a problem with this illustration. The sea is physical element and the cup is also physical element. While God is a spirit and the body of Jesus is a physical element.

Let me illustrate to you how “the infinite fills the finite” by using a TV set (physical element) and the TV broadcast waves (non-physical element).

We all know that the TV broadcast waves (i.e. satellite or just analog antenna waves) is almost everywhere in our geographical location. When we adjust the TV to receive the channels broadcasted on these waves, something interesting will happen, we see a picture and hear an audio.

In a way, we could say that the infinite (waves) filled the finite (TV set). I hope that helped.

1 Comment

  1. I think that is a good illustration. The Bible, in Colossians 2:19, says that the fullness of God dwells in Jesus bodily. In a similar way, we could say that the full TV signal is captured by the individual TV set. At the same time it could be helpful for another misunderstanding, which is the idea that all of God was limited to Jesus’ body. This gives rise to the parodies that God died, that Mary was the mother of God, or that God got tired and had to go to sleep, leaving the universe untended. God was not limited to the human body of Jesus, in a similar way to the TV signal not being limited to the TV set. It is interesting that Ephesians 3:19 says that believers also should be filled with the fulness of God.

Leave a Reply