I know God when he speaks... ...which is to say, I know God through his own voluntary self-disclosure. If, for the sake of argument, I was to take a chainsaw to your skull and open you up like a hard boiled egg, ...it would make a very big mess. ...But that's not really the point...… Continue reading Knowledge and Fellowship: Privileged Information
â€œFor God, who said, â€œLight shall shine out of darknessâ€â€”He has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of Godâ€™s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.â€ (2Cor 4:6 HCSB) There are lots of different ways of using the verb 'know'. It can be a slippery little word. If I say,… Continue reading On Knowledge and Faith
How do we not know what we are made to know? â€˜If humanity is made for the knowledge of God, why is it that many people do not feel the need of this knowledge, or seek God out?â€™ Original Post We need to step back again for a moment. It seems at this point every… Continue reading On what we don’t know… (II)
'If humanity is made for the knowledge of God, why is it that many people do not feel the need of this knowledge, or seek God out?' What Iâ€™m wrestling with at the moment is why that one thing doesnâ€™t seem so self evident most of the time.[humanity is made for the knowledge of God]… Continue reading On what we don’t know… (I)
What Iâ€™m wrestling with at the moment is why that one thing doesnâ€™t seem so self evident most of the time. Perhaps I am suppressing the truth by my wickedness. Perhaps thatâ€™s really the essence of sinâ€”not really believing that and acting accordingly. I guess it is then in my own sinful self-interest to avoid that particular piece of knowledge. I know a couple of my friends are wandering away from the faith at the moment, because they donâ€™t really see why they need God. Knowing that our primary function and greatest good is knowing him is completely opaque to them. Deep down they donâ€™t really believe that theyâ€™re all that bad, and for the most part theyâ€™re happy in their comfortable middle-class, tertiary educated lives. How do I show them that our rebellion is horrifying, evil, disgustingâ€“not just intellectually credible? And how do I do it with humility and gentleness?
If we accept that knowing God is possible, our next question should be "is it necessary?" What makes us move almost unthinkingly from the assumption that God can be known, to the conclusion that we should therefore seek to know him? I was struck by this question while reading the first paragraph of our Doctrine… Continue reading On the necessity of Knowing – I