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
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 God didn't exist we'd have to invent him. That's what I mean by the necessity of knowing God. It doesn't require any great anthropological research to discover that belief in God, god, gods, the divine, is very nearly universal among Homo Sapiens. Even in our own secular society, belief in god is rampant -… Continue reading On the Necessity of Knowing – II