Is it possible for a man to know God? Is this a realistically achievable goal or is it a belief only shared by ‘religious fanatics’ and ‘spiritual gurus’? Some would say they know God, others that it is merely a fanciful pursuit. Some speak God’s name, but their heart is far from Him, while others continue to quietly persist in showing God’s love to the people they meet through their actions. Is there only one way to know God or do all paths lead to the same destination? These questions are valid and deserve to be answered, read below for more.
After writing recently on the title “Impressions of Heaven” I have decided to take the heavenly theme one step further, and to introduce you to some concepts that may assist you in knowing God personally. Ultimately it will come down to a personal choice and decision as to whether you get to know God personally. If you are adamant that God can NOT be known then there is a very good chance that you won’t meet Him, at least not while you are alive. But if you open your heart to the POSSIBILITY that God can be known, then you have taken an important step forward to achieving that goal. Christian parenting is enabled by each member of the family having a willingness to accept the wisdom and authority found in parenting from the Bible.
Please consider the following reasons from scripture why God may be known:
Seeing God through His creation
Romans 1:18-21 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
You already have a knowledge of God
The knowledge of God’s reality is hard-wired into every human being, when we are born on this earth we arrive with the knowledge that we are a created being and we owe our lives to our Creator. This is both a wonderful encouragement and an awesome responsibility because we have to get through our lifetime both protecting that knowledge and fulfilling the destiny we have been given to achieve.
John 1:9 "That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world"
You have already seen God at some level
God is clearly seen through the things that He has made. The divine order that holds our world in place is proof of His creative hand. Every day the sun comes up and goes down, every day the tides come in and go out again, gravity holds everything down on the earth so it doesn’t fly away into space, clouds form that they may release life-giving water upon the earth, millions of different creatures flow together as part of a complex biological system of life. If we only took the time to ask Him to show us the truth of His reality we may begin to see His Hand in much of our daily life.
Matthew 5:45 "for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."
You have already understood about God
The understanding of God’s ways is perceived by the heart and not merely by the mind. Man, however, then has the responsibility to continue in that understanding and not allow it to be pushed out of our mind because of our propensity to live independently from God. If we allow this to happen then we will start to justify our actions through mentally discounting God’s reality and the certainty of our lives and actions being judged by Him. The result of this process is often a complete mental denial of God’s existence, when man’s thoughts become futile and hearts become darkened from the truth that surrounds them everywhere.
Luke 10:16 "He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”
You have a choice to make
We see from these scriptures that evidence for God’s reality surrounds us everyday and yet many in the world continue to miss out on getting to know Him personally. For many it is because they refuse to open their hearts to even the possibility of His existence, and because God is a gentleman and will not force Himself upon anyone He allows them to exercise the free will that He gave them even if it is used to reject Him.
Hebrews 11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
God’s ultimate revelation of Himself
If the hints that we find within creation and within our own hearts are pointers toward God’s reality and the fact that He can be known, then the life of His Son Jesus Christ is the undeniable proof of His existence. Jesus came to earth and worked incredible miracles and spoke with amazing wisdom revealing God’s purposes and plans for us. But all His lifetime achievements were over-shadowed by His resurrection from the dead after He allowed Himself to be crucified for the sins of all mankind. Jesus laid down His own life for us that we might find new life in Him as our saviour.
John 14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
My main aim today is to open your mind to the possibility that maybe God is closer to you than you think. I encourage you to consider that the greatness of God’s love as revealed through His Son is worthy to be trusted. Can God be known and is Jesus Christ the only way to achieve that goal of truly finding Him?
In my experience after many years of seeking truth in many ways I have found that meeting Jesus Christ personally was the fulfilment of my greatest dreams and hopes and knowing Him more each day is my motivation and passion. It is for this reason that I share my faith with you my readers that you also may share in the joy of knowing God personally.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
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