I am quite certain that most people will dislike this post, but for the few who see what I’m saying, I hope you appreciate the new angle I may open for you.
First, a digression. I am an unabashed troll on Twitter and Facebook (and sometimes on Scott Sumner’s blog). However, I would argue that I’m a good troll. My purpose is never to hurt someone’s feelings, but instead to say something funny and/or intelligently provocative. I am just about always either (a) trying to directly entertain people and/or (b) educate them. Even for the people who are my “targets”–where perhaps I will point out what I think is a contradiction in their professed positions–my ideal outcome isn’t that I “blow them up,” but rather that they see it and then grow from the encounter. (For example, no matter what cockamamie inflationist scheme he cooks up next Thursday, I will go to the grave grateful for Nick Rowe freeing me from my mental prison regarding the government debt debate.)
But what’s funny is that a lot of people GET REALLY MAD AT ME when I troll them, especially if they don’t know me. (For example, sometimes I troll close friends on their Facebook posts, but their friends don’t know who I am and they bite my head off for “attacking” their friends.) They may think I’m stupid, insensitive, cruel, and oblivious to their personal situation. They think I’m trying to hurt them when really I’m trying to help them.
OK I think you guys see where I’m going with this. I think in addition to realizing He is utterly good, when we encounter God in the afterlife we will look back at the (previously) inexplicable events from human history and say, “Ohhhhhh… OK that’s really funny.”