What we CAN reason out about God

On August 26, I wrote, “I found that ultimate truth cannot be reached by the mind. The human intellect is the wrong ladder. It can be confirmed by the mind, since it is based on facts, but it cannot be reached that way or reasoned out to begin with.”

I was partially wrong. It can–and it can’t.

What we can know, through observation and deductive reasoning, is that God exists and is ultimate Intelligence and Power. Romans 1:18-32 says in part, “[T]hat which is known about God is evident within [us]; for God made it evident to [us.] For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made. . .” It goes on to say we know enough about God to worship Him as our Creator and are held accountable and culpable for worshiping instead the things He has created.

But what we cannot know by reasoning or intellect, what is counter-intuitive, is who this God is. We can know by looking at the world that it is broken and at ourselves, that we are broken. But we cannot deduce by gazing at His works that He became one of us to resolve that dilemma and make knowing Him possible.

We can know some facts about God. But truth leading to actually knowing him “has to break in from the outside. Truth has to reveal Himself to us because ultimate reality is a Person.” That is the reality He will confirm in our spirits when we humble ourselves to receive it.


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