In Part Five of Reasonable Origins I stated, “It is not the case that all Theists have the same perspective when it comes to explaining the details regarding the nature of God.” I also observed, “As well, even among Christian Theists there is significant discussion around different views of God when it comes to specifics.” Our goal is to understand what God has revealed about Himself in Scripture. The study of a document such as Scripture is not always an exact science and yet, remaining as true to the text as possible, we should be able to arrive at truth about God. We cannot claim that we have exhaustive truth though we can be confident that He created human beings with appropriate and sufficient mental power to gain meaningful and accurate information about His nature, character and will. In fact, this is of greater importance than we realize. The Apostle Paul, upon hearing of the conversion of those in Colossae prayed that they would be “…filled with the knowledge of God’s will…increasing in the knowledge of God…” (Col.1:9, 10). On the other hand, it was often the case that the people of Israel brought turmoil and difficulty upon themselves “…because there is no faithfulness or kindness or knowledge of God in the land” (Hosea 4:1). Hosea went on say, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
Such knowledge is not intended to be an academic exercise in futility, it is intended to prepare us and equip us to be the people God deserves and desires us to be. Knowing and understanding God (as we will see in the upcoming quote), in whose image we are created, is foundational for being and doing everything else associated with our design and our calling. Such knowledge also provides us with the means to answer very important questions (sometimes excuses) raised by those who are yet lost. Upcoming posts will provide food for thought regarding the image and likeness of God. The information will then be applied to our design as human beings.
“Thus says the Lord, ‘Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.’” (Jer.9:23-24)