Big Questions of Life: Has God Spoken?
There is no more dangerous theology than a God of indifference, for what is believed of heaven is imitated on earth. Ironically those who preach against there being a God, claiming that a real God wouldn't be so indifferent to our suffering, risk reinforcing not his non-existence, but His uncaring existence. And if God is uncaring, people reason, why should we be any different.— R.A.Parr
In part 1, I shared thoughts on logic and faith in God.
The question there was asked, are we just here with no possibility of knowing why?
If the Creator has communicated with the created, how would we know?
Typically, those who've inferred a creator's existence admit lacking any inherent or definitive knowledge of him. Beyond gut-feelings and guesses, most don't consider themselves oracles of the divine. Instead we readily acknowledge the need to look outside ourselves for such revelation.
Our innate awareness of God spurs us to seek Him, but beyond that impetus it contributes nothing to the mystery of God's will and purposes.
For many, their confusion at this dilemma has led to scepticism. Afterall, If one accepts there is a God and sets out to seek him, why such conundrum? If God has a message to share, why not make it more obvious? Why allow us to become so confused with options; ideologies, philosophies, religions etc.?
However, once again, as with 'bad things not denoting the absence of a good creator', so too challenges to perceiving him do not denote His unwillingness to be perceived. In fact the challenges in seeking God may be due to reasons far removed from God's unwillingness. For example:
- Maybe there is something that cautions God from revealing Himself unequivocally.
- Could it be that there is divine purpose in the challenge of seeking God that we too often fail to appreciate.
- Perhaps faults inherent in ourselves prevent us from comprehending God more emphatically.
Or perhaps other entities exist opposed to God's will, dedicated to obstructing its discovery & distorting its relevance.
We are left with but one option
To Seek God's will. Though motives have varied and the means ranged from tragic to comical, understanding God's will has been the soul-quest of billions since the beginning of time; And vast tomes have accumulated on the subject; suggesting enlightenment via almost every means imaginable.
So where does one start?
To Seek is to Trust
Logically, if God wants His will to be known, he can be trusted to make knowing it possible.
It is illogical to claim that a God exists who both wants his will known but prevents everyone knowing it.
Further, if it is beyond our own power to apprehend what He wants us to know, he must be trusted to achieve what we would find impossible to achieve alone.
Therefore the quest for divine revelation begins when we trust God to help us find it
Trusting God Equates to Having Faith
So we entrust our efforts to the blessing of Him who wants to be found. However, trusting that God can lead us to His message doesn't necessarily negate that we still have to seek it out.
We already know it's not that easy.
Much like a treasure hunt, God can be trusted to lead us to the next clue, but it's our feet that will have to carry us there, our determination to move them.
It is the very fact we trust God to lead us, that enables us to put the effort into pursuing. Doing so demonstrates the seriousness of our desire and heightens our eagerness to satisfy it. Like those seeking water that runs beneath a desert, the honesty of our thirst is both shown and honed by the digging for it. Ultimately, when finally found, its sweetness will be all the purer for the seeking.
© 2015 Richard Parr