Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Knowing God

"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (John 17:3)

"Unless God is revealed to us through personal experience, we can never really know God. Most of us know about God, but that is quite different from really knowing God. We learn about God through the agencies of the church, the Sunday School, the youth activities, the worship services. Many people stop in their quest for God at this point. It is one thing to be introduced to a person, but quite another thing to know Him personally." ("Day-By-Day with Billy Graham," Jan. 14 entry, published by World Wide Publications, copyright 1976 by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.)

"Christianity has at its core a transaction between a person and God. A person who becomes a Christian moves from knowing about God distantly to knowing about him directly and intimately. Christianity is knowing God." (Tim Keller, How Can I Know God?)

"But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul." (Deuteronomy 4:29)

5 comments:

satire and theology said...

From an archived thekingpin68 post:

1 John 5:13

Those things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.

The primary Christian concepts of a belief in Jesus the Son of God, and resulting everlasting life are presented in the verse. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible defines the Greek word ‘eido’ meaning know, as expressing the idea of being aware, to behold, consider, look, perceive, see, being sure, to tell and understand. The idea of ‘eido’ here seems to be that Christians can be intellectually, reasonably certain that Christ was the actual historical Son of God, who was accurately portrayed in Scripture as atoning for the sins of humanity on the cross and being resurrected from the dead in order that those who believe in him can have everlasting life.

STRONG, J. (1890)(1986) Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.

satire and theology said...

Let's dance...

Jeff said...

satire and theology,

Not sure if the music will make it too distracting for people to read the posts, but for now, I like it.

Thanks, Russ.

thekingpin68 said...

Via search on thekingpin68 with the word 'knowledge' there are related posts.

Jeff said...

thekingpin68,

Cool, never tried that before on your site. I'll have to keep that in mind if I need future resources for research for debates, etc. Thanks!