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(5/10/2011)

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Some people wonder whether God really has a sense of humor or not, even to the point of questioning whether it is wrong or not to laugh or joke. Is God really as serious as we make him out to be?


Here's how I see it...

As Paul quoted from poets, "We are His offspring" (ACTS 17:28). We, as God's creations, were created in God's image; thus, a number of traits are also inherited from our Creator. These inherited traits can range from talents to behaviors.

A lot of what we are able to do says a lot in itself about who we are. And some of these things may also clue us in to what God is like.

Here are some examples:

Look around and see the beauty of nature. Look at all the different kinds of animals, the many different plants, even the clouds in the sky. You're looking at God's artwork. So yes, God is an artist. What does that say about Him? It says that God is very creative. He expresses His creativity through all those things. Those are His designs, so that also makes Him a designer and an inventor. He invented the sun and the moon and the stars.

See the artistic talents of people? It is one of God's gifts. God gifted people with creativity, and this is reflected in our Creator. You could say that God IS creativity, for creating is what He does best!

Is God a writer? Yes, He is. He is a writer who doesn't directly use a pen. The entire universe has many stories to tell. There's a history behind everything. God gifts writers with the talent to write and to put something into words. Where is God's inspired work? Look at the Bible! God is a storyteller and an inspiration. You could even say that God is adventurous.

Is God a doctor? Surely, for He can heal all kinds of pain; physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. And He is the very best therapist! He is the best listener. He is very caring and nurturing. And He provides nourishment for His living creations. He is a provider, a parent, a counselor, a teacher...

God is also a judge and a law enforcer. He is righteous and just and does not like crime. He knows how to rightfully punish. He is also merciful and forgiving, for He always has his arms wide open for anyone who desires to come to Him.


Now, let's jump ahead.
Is God a comedian? Does He have a sense of humor?

Well, let's look at what laughter is and what it does.

Laughter is an automatic physiological response. It is a natural response to something perceived as humorous. When somebody laughs, a smile is formed on the face. Sometimes laughter can be "contagious", in that it triggers a response in others surrounding that laughter.

There are benefits to laughter. Laughter can be used to relieve stress, deflect anger, and even help form bonds with others. Sometimes when we're feeling down, a good laugh can pick us back up! Sometimes when we've been frightened or startled, we can laugh to deflect that sense of fear. It feels good to laugh.

Have you ever seen a baby laugh? Do you see the way the baby smiles and giggles? Do you see how happy the baby is when he or she laughs? It's an expression of enjoyment, and it's fun! I bet God smiles when He sees a baby laugh!

People's bodies can be so sensitive to tickling. Some people really enjoy being tickled. Tickling triggers laughter. And how fun it is when two good friends or relatives tease each other playfully with a good tickle!

Scientists had done a study on the response of rats to tickling and discovered that even rats create a response very much like laughter. They used a bat detector, a device used for bringing higher frequency sounds into a range audible to our ears. The rats would be gently flipped onto their backs and tickled on their bellies, and they would create vocalizations the same way that a person does when being tickled. Laughing rats! And yes, it was discovered that this response was, indeed, a positive one. The rats enjoyed it!

(For the video link on the rat tickling study, read my comments in the Description section below this deviation.)

And how we enjoy entertaining each other with playful silliness and enjoy the company of those in which such fun-filled laughter comes! Laughter becomes a helpful link in bonding with others.

Surely God has created laughter for a purpose. God creates what is good. Perhaps God doesn't want us to take life way too seriously. He would want us to learn how to loosen up a bit and not be so tense. Laughter is one of those things that can help us take the edge off the seriousness of life. After all, God loves cheerfulness!


As with other actions, there is the other side. We also know that not all laughter is the result of something lighthearted or innocent. Some people laugh when cruelty is done to people or animals. Some people laugh over dirty jokes or violence. Some people laugh out of ridicule and mockery. And some people may crack jokes inappropriately. God surely would not laugh about those kinds of things. God is not evil and does not enjoy wickedness.

But just because something can be done wrongly or cruelly or sinfully doesn't mean that the action itself as a function is necessarily a bad thing. The reasons why we laugh, as well as what we perceive to be funny, can be a reflection of our hearts and attitudes.

As with love, happiness, having compassion, and expressing righteous anger, God may very well have a sense of humor. Being created in God's image, our ability to laugh may also imply that God can laugh too. All of God's qualities are good. Therefore, God would know very well how to laugh, and it would be good.


So is God a comedian? Perhaps so. You can very well say that God can be humorous. See how "nutty" people can be!
I have to say, it is no understatement to call laughter "medicine". Call it cliché if you want. But I do believe that laughter is a kind of "medicine" from God. Laughter is surely a gift from our awesome Creator!

For the video on the rat tickling study, check out the following link: youtu.be/j-admRGFVNM
Or go here: www.freesciencelectures.com/vi…

Here is another perspective on God's humor: www.gotquestions.org/God-humor…

Picture not drawn by me.

God bless!

Glory goes to God, who inspires me to write.
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Pocketer Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. In fact he is. He made farts.
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FiremanHippie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Student General Artist
This is truly lovely. Thank you for posting this, now I understand why wealth and why people make us laugh. 
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jasmin755 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Yes. That's part of what makes him so forgiving and kind ;)
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NaoPocky Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
I think God has a huge sense of humor.

Just look at my Husband and Me lol :P
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TerraHawk Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Praise Be to ABBA YAHWEH! I was going to post something witty, but someone already brought up the platypuses. Did you know only the males have venemous barbs on their hind legs? Wonder how potent platypus venom is?
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EtaniaVII Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Guys lemme tell ya a story...

Ok, so I'm Roman Catholic. We go to confession. (Let's not get into a war over this, people.) My brother and I were going to confession one Saturday, and there happened to be a wedding just ending. The wedding party had been using the confessional as their little area to stash all of their stuff. So, my brother and I arrived, shook the priest's hand, and went into the church. I had planned on my brother going in first. He had forgotten the Act of Contrition prayer, (which every Catholic should have memorized by the way...) and I said, ''Oh that's no problem!'' as I walked into the confessional to show him that the Act of Contrition was in there for forgetful Catholics. "See? Here it is!'' And before I knew it he had closed the door on me with a fiendish grin and cackling laugh, saying,''well, you're already in there....BWAHAHAHAHA!!!'' (Yes, I went to confession behind the screen although I had shaken his hand 3 minutes earlier.) Well, just as I finished, and he went in, the wedding party was coming to get all their stuff. He pushed me into the confessional, and ended up getting four people walk in on him as he was making his confession.

''And my greatest sin Father, is...''

*person walks in*
''Hey can you hand me that purse?''

*person leaves*

*awkward pause between priest and penitent*

''where were we now? Oh, right...''

*second person walks in*

''hey can you hand me that slushie?''

''uh...sure...''

*person stands there drinking slushie*

''Oh don't let me disturb you, go on, go on, this is interesting.''

After he was finally finished, and 2 other people had walked in on him, I stood there and laughed and laughed...then realized I had also photo-bombed the wedding. Somebody was talking a picture of the bride and groom at the altar, and I was standing around in jeans, sneakers and a T-shirt looking really confused, awkward and out of place in the background. They're going to be looking through that album a year from now and say, ''Wait who's that bum? I don't remember inviting her...is she from your side of the family?'' i was just this weirdo who appeared at the very end of the wedding.

Also...one time the priest's phone went off in the confessional, hehe.

Well that's that! Sorry for the long comment!
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MaxxKaplowie Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Writer
I think the more human God is the more people can relate to him.
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GronHatchat Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God is a comedian. Monkies and me are both examples of his humor! =D
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LadyMuffinArt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I right away thought "monkeys" too when I started reading this! :D
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TacoDestroyerAvenger Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Artist
Jesus laughed. He is gods son. We laugh too. So we are comedians!! We are made from gods likeness. He loved us and made us this way for a reason. We have to laugh. It Is our medicine. :)
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TacoDestroyerAvenger Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Artist
Love it. Best article I've read in a while...... It's good to fin these things still being written. I really enjoyed it. (I'm not an old geezer in case some people were wondering I just sound that way) :D
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AT-THE-CROSS Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He must have a sense of humor , look at some of the weird animals and people he has created ! like me :)
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akwildrose Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012   General Artist
lol. Indeed. And then there's the platypus...
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AT-THE-CROSS Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes ! the platypus ! :D lol
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Preach-it Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are 6 words for Joyous outbursts in the Hebrew and another 5 in Greek. In the book of John alone Jesus was described as using every one of them from chuckling at the Pharacees to Excitedly Jumping, Spinning, and Shrieking at the return of the 70. If I understand correctly, if he did it, we can do it.

Awesome study. Well organized. Great Job.
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Doeray-G Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yes He is. Ever see a platypus?
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Armahda Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this was an enjoyable article! It was good to look at the joyful side of our God~ thank you
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AT-THE-CROSS Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen
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Underthedarkrsky Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Awesome... I often see Jesus laughing... Cool :}
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akwildrose Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011   General Artist
I couldn't agree more! When we laugh, it makes God smile (and, bonus, makes the devil angry 'cause it means we're not giving into his lie that everything is horrible and hopeless). God is creator of everything--including humor! :)
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AT-THE-CROSS Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Without Him , nothing would truly be funny .
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akwildrose Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012   General Artist
amen to that! :)
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ridgebackdog Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice! Great things for people to know and well written. :)
Yes, God is a comedian. :D
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Trog-dog Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Take a real good long look at a llama and tell me god doesn't have a sense of humor :D :llama:
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AT-THE-CROSS Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like a humorous lama to me ! :)
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assassin57 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
insert Al Pacino's rant from Devil's advocate here
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pete8680 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
If god haves a sense of humor it is a sick 1. If god is real that is.
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Kaptin-Kudzu Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Wonderful!!! Only God can pull off being absolutely perfect but not annoying, eh?
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AT-THE-CROSS Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And people still don't get it no matter how you explain it .:)
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TheWandererNears Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I know God has a sense of humor. If he didn't, he wouldn't make me trip so often!
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Moombeam36 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very true, as a person who can be very tense, I do believe God teases me sometimes. :meow:

Nicely done, very nice
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SolarLunix Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes, God is a Comedian..... he made me and put me in all sorts of interesting situations that make people go "whaaaa???" and then laugh.

Really interesting stuff though :3
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HouseofCantor Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You missed a couple... :D

"After meeting god (yeah, we'll put that in quotation marks)" I was told "forget what you think you know and look for god in the world. In things that are simple, universal, and true."

Comedy was my first discovery. :thumbsup:
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Vader999 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Technically, yes.

Since He allows evil to rise at its highest peak before removing one simple block of its foundation and brings it down with a single blow.
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Point-Hunter Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
woho amazing!
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HorseDrawn101 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I always have thought God has a sense of humor, I mean look at the platypus! :D
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Huskyferret493 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Wow very interesting! I never really thought about God's sence of humor though, but you got me thinking now!

Great job :)
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Gray-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the Lord wants us to have the ability to laugh because it makes us feel happy and laughter is indeed theraputic.
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BiancaMakesArt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student General Artist
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Soulflare3 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
I enjoyed reading this. I also agree 100% :)
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PresidentGrasshopper Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Very well put! :nod:

I'd have to say that God's more creative than all artists on DA put together since He puts creativity in us. ^^
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Shinu23 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Very nice.
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foreverfornever740 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love this picture! It's so out of the box; most pictures Christ-related are of him on the cross looking out of place peaceful, him suffering on the cross, or just looking serious. Can I suggest you listen to Mark Driscoll's sermon about God's humor, it's very funny and supports what you're saying.
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TackFantasi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
This is absolutely brilliant.
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masuros Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Student Artist
fantastic work
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xODuddyOx Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I enjoyed reading this a lot. Awesome job. (:
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Shazzae Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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Darkling0110 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Verry well put, ;), "For laughter does the soul good like a medicine"
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AngelLover89 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Although the picture is CREEPY... I like the joke that says "Of course God is a comedian. He made the duck-billed platypus!"
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