God’s Sense of Humor and the Divine Laugh

While it is common to learn that God invented marriage and God invented pleasure, it is not as frequent to hear that God invented laughter. While the attributes of God throughout the Bible acknowledge His power, wisdom, justice, mercy, love, and beauty, the notion of the Lord as the God of laughter at first sounds incongruent. Yet man, the image of man, who smiles, laughs, and plays, reflects a sense of humor as part of his endowment as a reflection of God. Of the many definitions of man from “rational animal” to a being…

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