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To An Unknown God January 8, 2007

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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Some say: “God is completely unknowable”.  Some stress this point to me when I talk to them about knowing God through the Gospel.  When I speak of specific instructions from God that are necessary to have the relationship God expects the response sometimes is: “You can’t say what is necessary because you can’t know God”.  So is it possible to know God at all?  Is it possible to speak with any certainty concerning what God considers necessary?  People often refer to a quote from the prophet Isaiah to say, “God is not knowable”.  The prophet wrote:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

These verses, taken out of context, might appear to be supporting the idea that God is unknowable, his ways are so much higher than ours.  But if you read the surrounding verses from Isaiah chapter fifty five you will see that the prophet is trying to encourage the people to seek the Lord and to know his ways.  Isaiah spoke to the nation of Israel, to a nation that had by and large wandered away from God and said that it would go better for them if they knew God better.  This is a major theme of his writing.  Isaiah spoke of someone who was to come through whom they could know God:

Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”

Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of these prophecies.  Through Jesus we can know God.  The apostle Paul, on one of his missionary journeys, visited the city of Athens.  Things in that city were remarkably like our world today.  The Bible says: “All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.”  The initial reaction of some to Paul’s preaching of the Gospel was: “What is this babbler trying to say?”  Notice here the approach Paul takes:

Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.  For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.

With all their activity and interest in the latest thing, they did not know God.  God was still unknown to them.  Paul proceeded to tell them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is the way God chose to reveal his love for us.  If we follow in the teachings of Jesus we will know God.  We will know the love of God.  The apostle John wrote: 

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God , because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

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