Tag Archive: Understanding God
Abraham was instructed to sacrifice Issac to God. But what if God never intends to accept or allow this sacrifice to take place? If God is all knowing then the plan and the outcome are already known by God. If on the other hand God does not know what Abraham will do and what’s going to happen then God is not God, but god.
So which is it?
Is God different?
Working thru some things at the weekly men’s breakfast, the idea of God’s wrath came up. We were looking at the fact that God is unchanging, and a couple of the guys who are newer to being disciples of Christ were asking about the God of the Old Testament vs. the God of the New Testament. They had been given the idea that God pre the incarnation of Christ was mean, and punished and was full of wrath. But now, since the life of Jesus, God is love. Kind, loving, gentle, God is now different.
How can God be Loving and Wrathful?
Doesn’t seem to me God’s Wrath is gone
Who am I to expect more?
What is the right perspective?
“We should not pray that God is on our side, but rather that we are on His.” Abraham Lincoln
neither for or against
Are we thinking God is on our side and forgetting that we need to be on his? Until we get on his side we are not doing it for his glory, but for ours.
I am wondering about having a longing for God. I want to want nothing more than God. And I know that there truly is nothing more. I intellectually want and desire nothing more than all of God. Mentally I desire to settle for nothing less. Physically I go to my knees, face to the ground and ask for the fullness of God.
But what is it really?
Why do we act different then everyone else.
Or so I used to think.
Doing the right things may not be enough.
Defined- The study of the existence, nature, and attributes of God. To know God
Now I am no theologian, I only know an infinitesimally small aspect of who/what God is. What I know is only because this magnificent, beautiful, all knowing all powerful being has, for a reason I cannot fully grasp, chosen to reveal himself. Not just to me or just to a few, but wants to be known by everyone.
And yet today so many seem to want to place this immense being (how else do you describe infinite) into a neat little box. But how can we do that? That somehow if God is not completly and wholly understandable he must not exist. Maybe trying to understand the Father is messy, not because God is messy and all over the place, but because we are. Ok maybe not you, you probably have it all together. Let me rephrase that I am messy.
Because I’m messy, when I try to know God I fall short of understanding. Some of it I get, but a lot I don’t. I get that God is love, but other things are beyond my ability to understand. As I try to see the face of God I am overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by who & what God is & overwhelmed and mightily aware of what I am not. Like David searching to know God better I can only say “What is man that you are mindful of him?”
Is it really any wonder that some search for God, and upon facing what God must be, can not wrap their heads around it and pronounce “There must be no God? Is it because while searching they are expecting to be able to confine and define God inside some neat little box, only to find that He won’t fit? Still others lightly say they believe in God yet make no effort to know who God really is.
Christ says to know God is eternal life (John 17:3) This doesn’t speak to just some book knowledge; this is about an intimate knowledge, a knowledge that permeates everything.
No I’m no theologian, but I want to be.