Christianity is a Joke: God and the Power of Humour

June 18, 2017

This talk was given by Johan Erasmus.

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it... Perhaps that is why angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. - GK Chesterton

A key indication to whether you 'caught' a joke is to laugh at the appropriate time. Your laughter indicates your comprehension. Perhaps one can argue that if you have never laughed during prayer, bible study or worship that you didn't 'get it'. Maybe it is our religious fear of blasphemy that prevents us from laughing? Yet it would seem that humour is a powerful tool in the hand of God, which is why it permeates the Bible. It not only helps to understand ourselves better - it also makes God more accessible. Many will tell you that Christianity is serious and therefore no laughing matter. I would like to suggest that because it is serious, laughing matters! It is funny, because it is true...