That is why we will study such a thing as this. God: an open book, waiting to be read; waiting to be known and understood. The first thing that our series of blogs will tell us about God being an open book is this: We can know God. Many will say that we cannot know who God is; we can't concretely say any thing about Him.
Peter Kreeft, a logician and author, who wrote the invaluable book, "Socratic Logic" declares a belief in God. He not only claims to be a believer himself, but from a logical standpoint claims that we can know God! He said that he found twelve ways one can know God. He lists: The Christ, The church, The Scriptures, nature, art, conscience, reason, experience, collective experience (racial history/tradition/literature), the saints, doing God's will, and prayer. And although I don't think that his list is "Gospel Truth" or is necessarily entirely accurate, he says some things that I find very interesting.
In the first place, one of the things I find interesting was that he said we could know God by nature. The Bible says in Romans 1:20-21, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Note that this passage of Scripture says they knew God. God has left this truth open in what is, as it were an open book! It outright says that they knew God! How? By the natural things that were visible. The plain things that could be seen all around in nature are proof that God exists and made the worlds and we can know this as they knew it!
Also, I find it interesting that Mr. Kreeft mentions reason. He is a logician, as I mentioned before; and he is one who is renown for his books and works. One can know God through reason, through common sense. When we see nature we can reason of the sights and things to behold and make a clear, level headed decision that God exists or not. We reason of the Scriptures also; connecting the dots as it were between Scriptures; using our brains to come to a knowledge of the Truth. Isaiah the Prophet said, "Come now, and let us reason together saith the Lord..." (Isa. 1:18). We can make reasonable and rational decisions as human beings and one of those is the acknowledgement of the God of the Universe.
Clearly, the greatest way one can come to know who God is is the Bible. God's great Book communicates who God is in vivid language and provides all the information we need to know. The Bible takes the God who is plainly seen in the creation and puts a name to Him, Jehovah. The Bible describes the personality, nature, work, purpose, and plan of God Almighty and communicates His expectations concerning us. God has given in our hands an "Open Book" in which we can discover Him. Through the study of the Bible He is continually new and our knowledge of Him grows and matures. He has not left Himself to be an insurmountable mystery, never to be understood; He has opened Himself up to our rational and hungry minds! All who are honestly seeking Him WILL find Him!
God has indeed left many things wide open for all to see, if they will simply look! Let us all endeavor to come to know him; that is, to believe that He exists, and to act on such a belief in obedience. I pray that you will continue to read these posts as we try to sharpen one another like Proverbs 27:17 teaches. Thank you for your support and to God be the glory!
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