We Do Not Understand

“God is everything we do not understand. To claim God does not exist is therefore the Ultimate arrogance of man.”

Tweet to the ABC’s interactive program, Q&A, Monday 27 May 2013.

To believers, God is the Ultimate. He is Everything, the original source of all that is, all that exists. All knowledge, all wisdom, the entire Universe and more, nothing exists that did not have it’s origins in and through Him. All the things we know of are but a small fraction of his domain; all that we do not know ( much more than that which we do) is the greater ‘part’ of God and has yet to be revealed to us, we are as yet to uncover – dis-cover – it.

To say any one human understands God is ludicrous; we understand God in somewhat of a similar way that someone with a tourist map of New York ‘understands’ New York City. You might be able to work out your way around some general points or even have a picture in your mind of the ‘layout’ but you cannot see the whole city from a map, you can not hear. touch or smell it, you have no idea who lives there, what it produces, it’s history or much at all of it’s total composition. Given enough time and interest and ability to communicate to the city and the people that make it ‘live’ you might begin to ‘understand’ the city, but you can only do so from your own particular perspective and it may not bear much semblance to what any other tourist with the same map might come to understand in their lifetime.

If this is true for something as ‘simple’ as one single human city, how much more true is it for something that can be worthy of he name ‘God Almighty’?

We who believe do not know God, we just fool ourselves for our own peace of mind that we can.

Knowing God is not however, the same thing as knowing OF God. We are all capable of the latter; none of us are yet capable of the former.

Knowing OF God allows us a choice: we are free to choose to believe in God; have Faith in Him and to Love Him with all our heart, mind and soul… or not. It is to be a completely free choice which way we ‘go’.

There are however, no choices we make that have no consequences and we need to be very clear on that point.

 

Believing will have consequences.

 

Not believing will have different consequences.

 

We get a free choice of which we take.

 

But if those who believe are right and God is everything we do not (yet) understand, To say that God does not exist is a person’s Ultimate arrogance – for it says there is nothing we do not understand. It says that even though there may be something i do not understand it cannot possibly be a part of something greater than myself, that no such entity exists; if it did surely i would know of it or about it.

 

Well the truth is – you DO, but you choose not to accept what you know. And worse, many of you , like Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krause et al accuse those who do know (of God) of being silly, stupid and un’reason’able.

 

We all have to live with the consequences of our decision on Faith.

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  1. Ooooo…I like the map analogy. It makes so much sense when thinking about how we perceive God. Some people partake of the Arts district and completely ignore Uptown, while others imagine they haven’t actually seen NYC until they’ve discovered the underbelly…the hidden people in the dark tunnels of the train/subway system. It’s really a good way of understanding how vast our God is, yet how limited we imagine Him to be.

    Yes, the epitome of arrogance…

    Thanks again.
    I’m enjoying your blog, sir.
    🙂

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    • Hey Sis – you honour me, and i give thanks to Him who inspired me. 🙂

      Yep – i was really seeking a way to express how little we may understand who or what God is – even when we think we ‘know’ Him – we all have our ‘maps’.. some in different levels of detail, in different parts, of an Infinite God, who is all in One.

      Sometimes it can be very hard for us mere humans to remain humble and arrogance take control.

      Hopefuly we will listen to others ( or God through others) when it does to help overcome our human natures 🙂

      ♥ Bob

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  2. Blessings brother from afar,

    Wonderful post bro! I like the way you made the analogy of the map, that is awesome! I would like to congratulate you, for I have nominated you for the Best Moment Award! Many blessings to you and yours. And when given the opportunity, read John 1: 1-18.

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  3. Once again i thank you for your support, my Brother. 🙂

    Now i can claim two prizes in one post 😉

    Bless you always.

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  4. I love this message. Thank you Bob.
    I have nominated you for the The “One Lovely Blog” Award…..because your blog touched me and we need more of your energy out in the world!

    You can find the information that you need by clicking here…….http://cheriedinoia.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/one-lovely-blog/
    http://cheriedinoia.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/one-lovely-blog/

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    • Welcome Cherie! 🙂 Nice to see you ‘over here’.

      I feel blessed by your kind comment and am honoured by your nomination :-). I’l be following the instructions shortly.

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  5. God is faithful! Thanks for sharing this post and God bless!

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  6. Blessings brother from afar,

    I hope all is well with you, are you doing ok. I am praying for you. Many blessings to you and yours.

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  7. Blessings brother from afar,

    Once again I am praying that all is well with you, I haven’t heard from you for quite some time now. I have been praying for you brother and your great need. God bless you. Romans 8:28- And God causes all things to work together for the good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

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