How do we arrive at knowledge of God.

kimiti By kimiti, 4th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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How do we arrive at knowledge of God, is a topic of discussion of today's article.

how do we arrive at knowledge of God.


"I know i love my wife" making statement like this immediately giverise to a question: How do we know this things? There are obviously different way of obtaining knowledge; the way in which we know love for another person is quite different from the way in which we know the composition of water and both are different tfrom the way in which we know the colour of tomatoes. We are concerned here with knowledge of God and we must ask ourselves how we arrive at this type of knowledge.


Many people assume that the only way to get knowledge of God is by what is sometimes called the the "scientific method" in other words we get knowledge of by a process of reasoning. this, it is claimed, is only sure method of knowledge of God. A moment's thought, however, soon hows that this is not so. We can certainly get some knowledge of God in this way but is very limited. sometimes it asked whether is it possible to rove God. In strict scientific sense this cannot be done. The only things that can be proven in this regorous way are those which can be investigated by repeatable experiments. But that excludes all kinds of important knowledge. on thi basis we would not be able to "know" any historical event, nor could we know "know" our own existence! There are many, of course, who realise the absurdity of trying to "prove" God in this way but yet would insist that knowledge of God is to be obtained by a process of reasoning. Or, putting it negatively, if my reason cannot accept this or that idea about God, it must be rejected. On the other hand, truths about God which my reason has arrived at by one eans or another, and to which human reason rises no objection, these can e accepted. This sound at first to be a perfectly legetimate way of arriving at knowledge of God, But is his really so?

It can easly be shown that this method will not work as far as knowldge of God is concerned. First of all it implies hat human reason, or intellect, operates with complete integrity, it cannot go wrong! but this is a false assumption; we know only too well that our process of of thinking can be affected by all kinds of things: it certainly does not operate like a perfect machine. Even scientists admit this, and indeed cannot deny it. over the years there have been many scientific ideas put out and published with absolute confidense, but after a period of time, these idea had to be discarded because it was shown that the reasoning was faulty. Every physic's student knows that some of ideas put out by newton are no longer accepted as they have been replaced by Einstein's theories. Further it is surely clear that our little minds cannot possibly comprehend, by their own unaided efforts, truth aout God. He is infinitely beyond us and our so limited intellects cannot possibly arrive at truth abot him. We agree, of course, that human intellect is supremely important but that is a different thing from saying that we can arrive at knoledge of God purely along the line of human reasoning. But the idea still persists and many refuse to believe anything about God which does not fit in with their own human reasoning.


There are many today, however, who have realised the fallacy of relying on human reason.

It is intresting to note that even scientists themselves have been saying things in recent years which indicate the limitations of science. The idea that science could provide us with absolute knowledge is not nearly as strongly asserted today as it once was. Much of our knowledge, we are told, is relative and we cannot be sure that what we arrive at by our experiments in the laboratory gie us absolute and exact knowledge. for example, we may think it is easy to carry out a imple experiment and get exact knowledge of the temperature of liquid ina test tube. This is not so.The act of putting in a thermometer lowers the temperature and it is slightly different from what it was before we put the instrument in. Eisenberg's uncertainty principle states that every act of observation changes the thing we observe in this way. Exact knowledge therefore escapes us.


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I am a son of God, kingdom seeker, from humble background, husband of one wife, four children, i will focus on biblical text and stories, life stories and experiences. To learn more to reach many.

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author avatar Retired
4th Jun 2015 (#)

Interesting article. I like reading peoples different views on Christianity.

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author avatar kimiti
5th Jun 2015 (#)

thank you

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