Does God Have a Sense of Humor?

To answer the question, "Does God Have a Sense of Humor," I'd first have to say, "He made me, didn't He; that being funny in itself!"


Molly Law, Editor of Christianity.com, answers this question with, "I’m a firm believer that God not only has a sense of humor but has a great sense of humor. As someone who values humor, wit, and banter, I’ve come to see it reflected in Scripture from the One who created the world. God longs to have a relationship with us and made a way for us to be with Him for eternity (John 3:16). So, I can’t imagine that if we, His most valuable creation, have wide varieties of humor that range through individual personalities, that the God of the universe, who created us in His image, does not have one."





GotQuestions.org, offering a wealth of Christian knowledge, answers the question as follows, with an accompanying example. "Perhaps the best indication that God does have a sense of humor is that He created man in His image (Genesis 1:27), and certainly people are able to perceive and express humor. The American Heritage Dictionary defines a “sense of humor” as “...The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is comical or funny.” According to this definition, then, God must show an ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is comical. The difficulty is that people perceive what is comical differently, and what sinful man perceives as funny would not amuse a holy and perfect God. Much of what the world calls humor is not funny but is crass and crude and should have no part in a Christian’s life (Colossians 3:8). Other humor is expressed at the expense of others (tearing down rather than building up), again something contrary to God’s Word (Colossians 4:6; Ephesians 4:29)."


Got Questions continues:

An example of God’s humor is the instance in which the Israelites were using the Ark of the Covenant like a good-luck charm in taking it to battle, and the Philistines ended up capturing it and placing it in their temple before their idol of Dagon. They came into the temple the next day and found Dagon flat on his face before the ark. They set him back up. The next morning, there he was again, but this time he had his hands and head cut off as a symbol of his powerlessness before the God of the ark (1 Samuel 5:1-5). God’s putting Dagon in a position of submission to His ark is a comical picture.

Johannah Reardon from ChristianityToday.com, also shares, adding another great example of what is seen as God having a sense of humor, as follows: "How can we his creatures think things are funny unless the whole idea came from God in the first place? I've never heard a sermon about God's sense of humor. Nor have I read a theology book that lists God's laughter as one of his immutable characteristics. But I think it is. And unless we see that side of God, I'm not sure we'll totally appreciate him."


As an example, Johannah adds:

"The prophet Jonah (found in the book of the same name) was a "drama queen" who makes us laugh in retrospect. After running from God, being rescued from drowning by spending three days in a fish's belly, and then complaining that God rescued Nineveh from destruction, Jonah throws a tantrum about a vine dying because it made him so hot and uncomfortable to lose its shade. In Jonah 4:9 he complains about the vine saying, "I am angry enough to die." Doesn't it make you want to say, "Good grief, Jonah. Lighten up!" God must have had a sense of humor not only to put up with but use Jonah for his glory and purposes."

MyBibleQuestions.com uses a few great examples to express God's sense of humor, and the following is one of them:


"In the Book of (Acts 9) God asks one of his followers to do something that is laughable. He asks Ananias, who lives in Damascus (in present day Syria), to go see a man named Saul who is visiting his city. The reason this is so laughable is because this isn’t the kind of guy Ananias is ever going to want to meet.


We have to remember that Saul had come to Damascus to capture and arrest people (like Ananias) who were following Jesus. After God tells him to go to Saul, I picture Ananias laughing (even though it tells us he was actually scared). Maybe Ananias says something sarcastic like, “Sure God, I’ll make it easier on him to find me. Do you want me to beat myself for him as well?”


But God isn’t kidding. Even though Saul’s plan was to oppose everything Jesus was about, Jesus is going to use Saul (later renamed Paul) in spreading this church all over the known world, and additionally, as the author of much of the New Testament of the Holy Bible.


Ananias went to Paul, and the rest is church history. Imagine Ananias as he aged. Don’t you think he looked back on this point in time, when God called him to do this crazy thing, as one of the real highlights of his life? Maybe he even laughed!"


Billy Graham was quoted as saying:

"Yes, I believe Jesus did have a sense of humor and made people smile (or even laugh) at some of the things He said. His purpose was serious, but sometimes He got His point across by making people see the ridiculous side of life. For example," he continued, "think for a moment about the image Jesus used to describe how hard it is for a proud, self-confident rich person to enter the Kingdom of God. He said it would be like a camel trying to go through the eye of a needle (Luke 18:25). Can you imagine His audience not laughing as they tried to picture this in their minds? I can’t. His point was serious—but He used an exaggerated, humorous image to get it across."

So yes, as we have read from multiple sources, even as our Creator, as in the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, three as One, as God, being preeminent, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, all holy, righteous, forgiving, and all loving, He has a great sense of humor, not forgetting His use of the talking donkey in Numbers 22:28, another funny example.


What a privilege to know and serve such a mighty, awesome, and all loving and forgiving God, who lives, who defeated death, promising that we too can live on even though we die, if we will just believe in Him, by faith and faith alone, amen and amen thank you, Jesus for your inerrant, infallible and inspired living word of sixty-six books in Your Holy Bible.