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Is It Possible To Know God? October 11, 2009

Posted by jetson in Personal.
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My previous blog alluded to the fact that no one knows for sure if they will make it into heaven. I can’t say with certainty one way or the other, because I don’t believe heaven is real. But I do know what I have been told, and what I have read on the topic. For me, I use Christianity as the basis of this thought, since it is the one I am most familiar with. Can any human being know God?

The Bible is the ultimate authority on Christianity as far as I’m concerned.  This includes both the old and the new Testaments – you cannot have one without the other (there is disagreement among Christians on this however.)  So The Bible provides all sorts of attributes, stories, descriptions, and other material that are used by millions of clergy, preachers, pastors, and other religious authorities and leaders regarding God.  Many of these people claim to have personal relationships with God – whatever that means.  One thing they all seem to agree on is this:  God is perfect, humans are not.  I can agree with this idea for the sake of making my point.

If God is perfect, and humans are not, then how would it ever be possible for a human to know God?  Logically, the imperfect nature of humans precludes them from knowing the perfection of God.  How can the two things be compatible at all?  Apologists would argue that they know what God wants through his teachings, therefore they know God.  Some might even argue that to know God is to know only that humans are imperfect, therefore they know God.  But what useful thing can result from this level of knowing God?

I contend that mere humans can only know about God.  They can only know what they learn, what they are taught, and what they conclude on their own regarding the god they choose to believe in.  There are no human authorities on God.  God is equally knowable by everyone by His very nature.  No human knows God – so don’t hold anyone as an authority on the subject, because no matter how much they claim to know, they are only human, just like everyone else.

Why is this important?  Because there are too many people who blindly follow the empty rantings of idiots who claim to have a superior understanding, or some divine connection to God.  Those same people take hard earned money from gullible believers in the multi-billions of dollars.  Where does God ever say to do this?  When has God ever appointed that His message be provided to the masses by self-appointed humans who seem to be living lives full of wealth and material things at the expense of everyone else?  As far as I’m concerned, if you want to know God, just believe, help the less fortunate when you can, and behave.

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