Does God have humor?

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toinena

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I think Christians often get too serious and over analyze jokes and funny statements. Jesus himself used humour when he compaired the rich man's chances to get to heaven with a camel through the eye of a needle. Can a Christian laugh at Monty Python altough their humour sometimes get close to blasphemy? I say yes. We live in the world, after all. And a good laugh make the day more bareable in a fallen world.

What are your view on this topic?

Do you have examples on Godly humour?
 

loveme1

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I find Jonah's experience a little humourous... as serious as it is.. the experience must of been surreal...
 

loveme1

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Or when the Messiah pays tribute with the money from a fish...
 

loveme1

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Numbers 22:22....
 

Dino246

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Psalm 2 in the NIV: "The One enthroned in heaven laughs..."

Generally, I agree that humour is a gift from God to lighten the burden of life. We can all start by laughing at ourselves. :)
 

trofimus

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No, I do not think we should laugh to blasphemous jokes or be a regular viewer of such performances.

We should always look for what is pure.
 
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I think Christians often get too serious and over analyze jokes and funny statements. Jesus himself used humour when he compaired the rich man's chances to get to heaven with a camel through the eye of a needle. Can a Christian laugh at Monty Python altough their humour sometimes get close to blasphemy? I say yes. We live in the world, after all. And a good laugh make the day more bareable in a fallen world.

What are your view on this topic?

Do you have examples on Godly humour?
You will laugh at the things you align yourself with.
 

Stranger36147

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Yes, God has humor. You would just need to get one good look at me for proof of that.
 

Seymmour

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I'm all for a good laugh, but I never knew that the bit about rich people and camels and needles was said in jest.
If it is humorous, I think it is on the dark side, considering the imagined fate of those who don't make it to heaven.

Seymour
 
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Babies and animals can be humorous in their own way. In which i could see the lord laughing at them as well. But things on the lines of blasphemy we should stay away from imo.
 
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I think Christians often get too serious and over analyze jokes and funny statements. Jesus himself used humour when he compaired the rich man's chances to get to heaven with a camel through the eye of a needle. Can a Christian laugh at Monty Python altough their humour sometimes get close to blasphemy? I say yes. We live in the world, after all. And a good laugh make the day more bareable in a fallen world.

What are your view on this topic?

Do you have examples on Godly humour?
"About noontime Elijah began mocking them. "You'll have to shout louder," he scoffed, "for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is daydreaming, or is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!" 1 Kings 18:27

This passage always makes me laugh lol
 
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Can a Christian laugh at Monty Python altough their humour sometimes get close to blasphemy? I say yes. We live in the world, after all.
Also, I would be careful with this way of thinking. We may live in the world, but we are not of the world. "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Romans 12:2). We are created in God's image, and so if he gave us a sense of humor, I believe he has one too, but we must be careful about what we expose ourselves to, and what we find humorous.
 

CherriC

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A couple of verses come to mind.

Psalms 101:3. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes; I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

Luke 11:34:36. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.

We are very visually oriented. Guard your heart against anything that has a negative influence, including what is funny. Better to laugh at real life than to laugh ate something that is questionable at best.
 

graceNpeace

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I think Christians often get too serious and over analyze jokes and funny statements. Jesus himself used humour when he compaired the rich man's chances to get to heaven with a camel through the eye of a needle. Can a Christian laugh at Monty Python altough their humour sometimes get close to blasphemy? I say yes. We live in the world, after all. And a good laugh make the day more bareable in a fallen world.

What are your view on this topic?

Do you have examples on Godly humour?
God does have a sense of humour - human beings are created in His image.
How could we appreciate humour if God does not?

A small thing, but the camel and the eye of the needle example is not actually humorous but an actual example of real life.
In those days every city of any consequence was walled.
The only way onto these cities was through gates.
These gates usually had gates in the gates called the 'eye of the needle'.
These smaller gates had very specific dimensions that were only just wide enough to let a camel or a horse through.
Considering that camels and horses were generally used as beasts of burden they would have to be completely stripped of that burden before they pass through the 'eye of the needle'.
The object of the exercise was security.
Every animal would be stripped of its burden in front of the city guards, pass through the gate and then be reloaded on the other side.

When Jesus said, [FONT=&quot]“[/FONT][FONT=&quot]Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.[/FONT][FONT=&quot] [/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT][FONT=&quot]24 [/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT][FONT=&quot]And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.[/FONT][FONT=&quot]” (Matt 19:23-24), this is what he was referring to.
The implications of this were not lost on the disciples,
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25 [FONT=&quot]When His disciples heard [/FONT]it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?(Matt 19:25).
Why were they so astonished?
Probably for the first time they realised that none of their own merit would save them - obedience to the law obviously mean't nothing as far as righteousness before God was concerned!
Jesus reply was a bit enigmatic, "[FONT=&quot][/FONT][FONT=&quot]With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.[/FONT][FONT=&quot]" (Matt 19:26).

However, now, as New Covenant believers, we know the answer to the question posed by the disciples:
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[FONT=&quot]8 [/FONT][FONT=&quot]For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, [/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT][FONT=&quot]9 [/FONT][FONT=&quot]not of works, lest anyone should boast[/FONT][FONT=&quot]. [/FONT][FONT=&quot](Eph 2:8-9)[/FONT]
 

MrStevish

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My opinion is that many of Gods' creations are a representation of his humor. For example, take a look at this picture.

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Magenta

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That pic looks more like a dog that has suffered abuse and neglect :(
 

prove-all

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Feeling tired or sick? Try laughing more.

Research suggests laughter just might be the best medicine to make you feel better. It gives
you a more positive, upbeat frame of mind, triggers healthy physical and emotional changes,
strengthens the immune system, and is a powerful antidote to stress, pain and conflict.

Laughter literally improves your health. Nothing works faster to bring mind and body
back into balance, lighten burdens, and enhance relationships.

Laughter is universal, no matter the language you speak or the culture you’re from.
Triggered by sensations, thoughts or speech, laughter activates many parts of the body.

Our facial expressions alter comically and we make curious grunts or snorts, something
Encyclopedia Britannica describes as “rhythmic, vocalized, expiratory and involuntary actions.”


As our facial and core muscles contract while in the throes of a sidesplitting har-de-har, the rest
of the body’s muscles become weaker or less coordinated. This is probably why people double
over or have trouble walking straight after a great joke.

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Proverbs 17:22 states: “A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
Negative thoughts or emotions can bring about a state of anxiety and “dry up the bones.” In contrast,
laughter evokes a merry heart and harmlessly releases otherwise harmful biochemical changes.


As it turns out, laughter’s “happy state” might indeed be “essential medicine” for thriving health.

It stimulates the heart and lungs, reduces allergies, and boosts the immune system, memory and
digestion. A lively laugh even enhances the intake of oxygen, stimulates circulation, and relieves
discomfort by prompting the body to produce endorphins. These attach to the same receptors as
opiates and act like a painkiller, without the negative side effects.

Proverbs 15:13 (KJV)
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.


“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.”
So for a healthier—and more enjoyable—life, just laugh! A Good Laugh
https://www.thetrumpet.com/15958-a-good-laugh

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Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion;
and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy;
and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.Isaiah 51:11 (KJV)


For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion:
therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.