The Answers

In 2 Corinthians 12:4, a person entered Paradise and heard inexpressible words that could not uttered on earth.  In context, I personally conclude Paul spoke of himself.  What did Paul hear (and grasp) that he could not share?  In 1 Peter 1:10-12, Peter declared there were some things God’s prophets declared that they did not grasp.  In fact, he said there were some acts of God that puzzled angels concerning human salvation.  Paul would classify some of God’s actions through Christ as a past mystery that was understood only through God’s revelation (Ephesians 3:1-7).

Yet today, we feel like we have it all figured out.  God cannot think something that is beyond our thoughts.  God cannot plan something that is beyond our comprehension.  God cannot do something that exceeds our imagination.  We can explain anything!  If you do not believe us, just ask us—we can tell you anything about God and His work that you want to know!

We live in an age that anything becomes instantly untrue if it cannot be placed in the crucible of human knowledge and subjected to the intense heat of human logic.  To make the statement of “I do not know” is to admit embarrassing defeat.  It seems people conclude nothing is beyond the human mind and its ability to grasp reality.

Explain this to me: How can we possibly know what we know with all the answers and the world be in such a mess?  Why is it that advances “in what we know” are accompanied by advances in selfishness, greed, arrogance, broken relationships, etc.? Deep faith is more than incredible knowledge!

David Chadwell
April 23, 2012  *  Fort Smith, AR

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