Saturday, November 11, 2006

What About God is Totally Understood?

What About God is Totally Understood?

On the inside supplementary booklet of the Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now album there is a quote by Loren Adams. He said, “What is understood need not be discussed.” Now I have no idea why Van Halen put that quote in their album, however, it does make a great topic for discussion about God.

When it comes to what is actually understood about God, there are all kinds of things that come to mind that are not arguable. Things like God’s love, his omnipotence, his omniscience, his omnipresence and his sovereignty. But even in those ideas we can’t fully understand. We don’t know what it’s like to be omnipotent so we can’t even relate to that. We don’t know what it means to be omniscient. As humans, we can’t understand what it means to be omnipresent – all places at the same time. So that leaves the topic of God’s love. Do we really understand God’s love? It’s a great discussion!

Think about it, the word says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Even though we may relate to the concept of God’s love, we have no idea what everlasting life is. Some people believe that God loves everybody and wants to save them from their sin but if they don’t believe in Jesus they go to hell. Some believe that there is no hell. Others believe that Jesus died for the sins of the world and eventually everyone will be saved. Oh, oh, I hear sabres rattling.

So, back to the quote on the Van Halen album. When it comes to real Christianity, let's stick to what we DO UNDERSTAND and not surmise things. We do understand loving our neighbor as ourselves. We do understand give as God directs you. We do understand what Jesus outlined on the Sermon on the Mount and the fruit of the Spirit.

So let's not keep discussing those things. I close with a quote from Nike..."Just Do It."

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