Posts Tagged ‘understanding’

The First Step

November 26, 2010

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  (Proverbs 9:10)

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, foe he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  (Hebrews 11:6)

Faith is the initial premise to achieve true understanding.  Faith is not the conclusion to an argument.  When we interact with others we offer to them a relationship with Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  This offer is made through the Word of God, and is confirmed by the Spirit of God.  It is not achieved by logic, reason, or empirical proof; but by the Word, and the Spirit.  God has ordained that we must come to Him in faith, and then He will bring understanding as we grow in Him.

Faith is the first step that we take towards understanding.

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Defying Definition

January 29, 2009

People want to understand God. Sometimes people will use their lack of understanding as a reason not to believe in the existence of God.  I think that a part of the nature of God is the unfathomable.  After all, God is infinite.  We are finite.  How can the infinite be understood by the finite?  If we were able to wrap God up in an assortment of theological terms like omniscience, omnipotent, omnipresent, etc.  Then there would be a limit to the nature of God.  God in a box.  A nice, neat, wordy, theological box.   It would be like building a fence around Texas.  It would take a long time, a lot of materials, and a lot of work, but it could be done eventually.

I do not believe that we can ever fully encompass God with our human understanding.  The task is unreachable, unobtainable, impossible.

We can know some things about God.  He has revealed himself to us in the world around us, in the Bible, and in the person of his son, Jesus.  We can know God by spending time in his presence.   As our lives go on, if we work at building our understanding and knowledge of God, we will grow in our grasp of the revelation of God.  We will never fully obtain complete understanding, but we can learn a lot.