Religion: Can We Know God? (14)-God and Man

   The basic teachings of Christianity are all knowledge based. When Christians allow our profession of faith to be forced out of the realm of knowledge, we enter the realm of fantasy (or luck). We ask too much of people already in a state of disbelief on the usual chimeras of human life. There is no reason to alienate God and the realm of Man's knowledge. In fact, it is dangerous for Man to ignore what God can tell us about Himself and it is dangerous for Man to ignore what God can tell us about Man.

    God knows Man better than Man knows God. In fact, God knows Man better than Man knows himself.

    Man has to think, to search and grow in order to know. All of these actions please God, we know, for each of these actions appear in Scripture repeatedly. 

   "The Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding," the Wisdom Writer puts it in Proverbs 9:10. Understanding is clearly real comprehension or, if we could say it this way, understanding is comprehension of reality. To know God is to comprehend reality, according to Scripture.

   "And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent," the Evangelist praises God in John 17:3, unifying himself with the writer of I John 1:1-5; 2:3; 4:7-8, 13). The knowledge of God is verity extended into eternity. Time is available only in such that it may be measured. When time is no longer viable because the need to measure time is at an end, the Truth of God (knowledge) will be yet viable.

   Faith is important but it is not knowledge. If one knows God, you may certainly exercise faith in the One you know, but faith without knowledge is prone to serious defections from Truth. The usual Atheist-Agnostic rant against religion in general and Christianity in particular has nothing to do with the existence of God. Honest disagreements from right thinking unbelievers correctly censures the failure of believers to practice what we believe, individually and corporately.

    (Our grasp of) Knowledge is never complete but that is the fun of the search, as Paul has it in Philippians 3:13. I use the word "fun" to combine the ideas behind the words "adventure, strenuous exercise, exciting accomplishment" and the like. What we should do is to operate on the knowledge we do possess, with humility and meekness. A believer has to use his mind actively to worship God, as Paul mentions when he insists he continues to pursue the things of God.

   To Be Continued, Tomorrow (Friday, July 30, 2010) I hope.

Opinions expressed here are mine alone.


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