THE ‘ALMIGHTY’ QUESTION – game over.
It has to be clear that the Almighty God, (who has a name, and is particular – like we are – that He be addressed by His proper name) – being the creator of the material universe (etc.) – knows better than anyone else.
Think of how Infinite He is! Is it not laughable that someone like myself should begin to even talk about Him in the context of philosophical or pseudo-religious speculation?
I mean His ways are past finding out (Romans 11/33). Even if you are a non-believer, an agnostic, an atheist or whatever – we all must admit (using the ‘if’ word for your benefit, not mine) – if God exists, – Almighty He must be!
And if He has created all things – He is hardly going to consult with me, when it comes to making decisions about how to run His universe, is He?
And regardless of what I think – He has an infinite head start on me.
He doesn’t need me to figure Him out, and to give Him the benefit of my counsel, as He rests on the therapeutic couch of my understanding.
And to accuse Him of anything, or to find fault with how He runs things, is equally ridiculous.
Can you get my point? He is ALMIGHTY – so hello – that’s it, game over.
If – there’s that word ‘if’ again.
If we accept the simple premise/’hypothesis’ that – if God exists He has to be Almighty – we must be left speechless, and made intellectually redundant, in our attempts at figuring Him out. The Almighty is all-knowing etc.
We can’t fully grasp the infinite with our finite mind.
Wading through all the paraphernalia of philosophical debate in order to understand Him. Brainstorming innumerable writings that fill the bookshelves, and now, no doubt, the internet, in an attempt to fully understand His Almightiness …well I mean…!?
Is not our wisdom foolishness with God? (I Corinthians 3/19)
He’s Almighty, there is no counsel against Him (Proverbs 21/30). How shall we, the thing formed say to the one who has formed us – why have you made me thus? (Romans 9/20) Imagine coming up with a better idea than God can! Sorry – it’s not going to happen.
Yet, we are left to use these minds of ours, finite though they be, we are left grappling with, and we can enter into – a perpetual exchange of ideas about such things as God’s existence, religion, the afterlife, the present life – and how it should be lived. What to believe in etc…
And everyone who cares to engage in asking questions – presumably considers themselves to be right in their point of view (?).
How can we begin, by self effort, to lift our thought life sufficiently, to understand a smattering of His Almightiness?
A lot of debate is, quite frankly, futile. Debate can have as it’s raison d’etre, a need to point the finger and speak vanities (emptiness).
For me this conjures up a picture of red-faced, violent, effigy burning, chanting masses who will not be told differently.
By their actions they herald aloud their intolerance and extreme dogmatism – exposing the philosophy behind their actions. A violent expression of some held belief, carried in wrath, in which no mercy is remembered.
Most World Religions have had adherents that hold their doctrines in violent hearts. But blessed are the peacemakers (Matthew 5/9). (not on the agenda at the moment to discuss whether war is ever justified etc…).
And yet on the subject of dogmatics – conversely there are things to be dogmatic about.
One and one will always be two. It is air that we breath. I am, you are, flesh and blood. The tide comes in, the tide goes out. And so on…
However in our dogmatism can we still be friends?
Friends when we don’t agree?
“ I do not agree with you. In fact my belief system is entirely different to yours, and quite frankly and dogmatically I could never believe in, or follow, – yours. Wow! Where does that leave us – joining the effigy burning masses?”
I won’t, if you won’t, – (join them I mean). Rather we can sit down and have a coffee instead. And perhaps rise up still disagreeing (?). (What – you don’t drink coffee?…Oh?…)
But when it comes to the ‘Almighty’ question. His name is Jehovah. He has an Only Begotten Son, called Jesus Christ – The Lord.
I believe in Him.
There is no other name given among men through whom we can find a solution to the dilemma of our contaminated finiteness. (Acts 4/12).
So there you go, at least you know where I stand.
Instead of the mind-bending, head spinning, theological, word-smithing exchanges of opinion we can engage in – we rather can find a simple answer to the reason that we disagree (if that’s the case of course). Here is a simple way of summing up where we disagree:
It saves us hours of debate over many moral issues when I simply tell you: I believe in the Bible. It is called believing in the inerrancy of scripture.
I believe it to be the Almighty’s means of telling finite man of His salvation, love, personality, attributes, plans, dogma(tism), wisdom, and moral code, to mention but a few.
Keeping it simple – the reason we disagree on any issue, is because we disagree on the infallibility of The Bible. If the Bible says it, I believe it. And you?
Anyway, who am I talking to?
Well obviously I’m speaking to someone who disagrees with me. Someone who believes the Bible is of private interpretation. That it can be extracted from, Re-hashed, made to fit, added to, subtracted from, not taken literally in the literal parts…that it’s just a book like any other book and so on.
Well without being disagreeable – I disagree – as already noted.
We find our point of departure is here. So that, issues on which the scripture is quite clear, I take as having authority over any thesis my mind might dream up.
So there are issues we don’t need to debate. Because the real issue is: do you believe what the Bible says? And do you believe it rules out all other considerations, if they contradict its content? What we really disagree on is the infallibility of the Word of God, if you think it can be challenged by some other non-biblical philosophy.
The Omniscient Almighty tells me through His inerrant word that I can know ‘in part’, until a day will come when I will know, even as I am known. (I Corinthians 13/12)
However, despite how ridiculous it is to try and bring God the Almighty down to our finite level to prove Him philosophically, or mathematically or scientifically, – we can, at the same time, know what He reveals (supernatural Revelation or enlightenment) to our faith.
We can know Him, though we don’t know everything there is to know about Him. That’s the Christian message.