Is It Even Possible to Know Anything About God? An answer to a Hub question.
First of all, we have to understand that the Bible was written by the urging of God's Holy Spirit (will or active force). This is why we can say that the men who penned the Bible were more like secretaries taking a letter from their boss and not making it up themselves.
If you believe in God, then you must believe that he is Almighty and can accomplish anything he wishes to accomplish.
If he could do this, then 2 Timothy 3:16 should put our minds at ease about being able to trust what the scriptures say: "All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work." If that one scripture is true, then every other holy writing that God has protected throughout the centuries must be as reliable.
Interestingly enough, God actually requests that we get to know him as shown by his son's statement at John 17:3 "This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ."
Romans 1:20 makes this observation: "For his invisible [qualities] are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable". This shows that one way to know something about God is by observing his creation.
We can learn about his personality. We know that God must love beauty or there would be no reason for flowers and amazing sunsets to exist. We know that he has a sense of humor otherwise kittens and puppies wouldn't act the way they do. We know he has love and compassion or else those qualities wouldn't exist int he greater number of humans.
The sad thing is that the clergy of Christendom has separated people from God. They tell us that God is beyond knowing, that his personality is to remain a mystery. They have even created a non-Biblical trinity to more confuse what we know about God. The clergy directly lie about what the Bible says (a good example is when the church said the earth was flat, but the Bible backs up what science says: Job 26:7 'the earth is hung upon nothing' and 'above the circle of the earth'. The Bible also clearly describes the natural water cycle of the earth at Ecclesiastes 1:7. The Bible clearly agrees with most of science.
The clergy even refuse to use God's proper name, Jehovah, because of ancient Jewish traditions which dishonor God and his Kingdom. The tradition says that God's name is too holy to pronounce, but God, himself, said, " they will have to know that my name is Jehovah.”—Jeremiah. 16:21.
Recently, the Catholic church even took steps to remove the name Jehovah from the remainder of their hymns and no one is able to use the name in new church architecture any more (God's name, Jehovah, appears on and in hundreds of churches throughout the world. In the Bible it appeared over 7,000 times before being removed by the church. Jesus, himself, used God's name over and over--the name appearing in Hebrew even in the Greek texts.) Psalm 83:18 in most except the most recent Bibles clearly says that God's name is Jehovah. If you read the forward to many Bibles, you will see a passage that states that you will find the pronoun "LORD" (as seen here in all caps) wherever the most Holy name, Jehovah, was removed. They even admit to removing God's name so that the masses of people yearning to learn about him will not learn the most basic thing about his being; his name.
We all know our friend's names. We don't go around calling them "friend" or "person". So to draw close to God and to get to know him, we need to use his name and learn more about him.
I found a great source of information on how to learn about God is a book called "Draw Close To Jehovah". It actually uses the Bible to show how everybody who wants to, can learn about our wonderful creator and become God's friend. You can get the free audio edition here: http://www.jw.org/index.html?option=QrYQZRQVNlBBX
Choose the language you want and the publication you wish to download and you will be able to choose MP3 or AAC formats. You can download just one or two chapters by clicking on them individually or the whole audio book by choosing the top MP3 link. The chapter titles are given next to their MP3 link.
You need not leave any information. The download is free. There is no obligation to the Website at all.
This book discusses who God is, if we can really get to know (or draw close) to him, and how we can learn more of him and his attributes so that we know he is approachable and really wants us to be his friends.
I enjoyed it a great deal.
You can also go to http://watchtower.org for more information.
I hope this has been of some use to you.
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