What Do You Know About God?

Post Author: Bill Pratt

God, people, and things.  That is the proper order of importance.  If you look at those three, I think that our ability to exhaustively know each one decreases from God to people to things.

Our knowledge of an infinite God is very small compared to all that can be known of Him.  We can spend hundreds of lifetimes and just scratch the surface.   If you understand who God is, then you get this.

Our knowledge of people is more exhaustive than our knowledge of God.  In one lifetime, we can learn quite a bit about people, taking us toward a comprehensive understanding, but never quite getting there.  We mostly learn about other people by reflecting on the person we know best, ourselves.  We make the reasonable assumption that if we think and act a certain way, it’s probable that other people think and act in similar ways.

Our knowledge of things can be quite extensive.  We can learn exhaustively about tables, bicycles, the rules of hockey, blog software, and computers.  We have comprehensive knowledge in many areas of science because we are able to study things in great detail through repeated observation and experimentation.  Our knowledge of things is never totally complete, but it can get close, and in a relatively short period of time (depending on the thing you’re studying).

Many of us avoid studying God and people because our knowledge of God and people is far from complete.  The more we study, the more questions come to mind.  We can never get closure and finally say, “We know all there is to know.”  I think this intimidates many people.

We enjoy studying things because we can gain almost complete understanding of many things.  How long does it take to study a table before we understand virtually all there is to know about it?

My challenge to you is to spend more time learning about God and people, and less on things.  Just because you’ll never finish the curriculum doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start the class.  The incomplete knowledge you gain about God and people is vastly more important than all of your other  knowledge.

The sooner you figure this out, the sooner your life will take on meaning and importance that it never had while you majored in things.

  • Todd

    Bill,
    I’m genuinely curious as to how you justify your belief in god in the face of what I consider overwhelming evidence that Christianity is false doctrine.

  • Boz

    Todd said: “Bill, I’m genuinely curious as to how you justify your belief in god in the face of what I consider overwhelming evidence that Christianity is false doctrine.”

    That’s simple!

    These two seemingly contradictory ideas are easily accommodated by being a Muslim.

    :p

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  • moayad

    God in the noble Quran , Surat Al-‘Ikhlāş112 : ( ” Say, “He is Allah , [who is] One, Allah ,the Eternal Refuge,He neither begets nor is born,Nor is there to Him any equivalent.”)

    [Jesus] in the noble Quran :

    Surat An-Nisā’ 4:171_4:172 ” O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth.

    The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to

    Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say,

    “Three”; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son.

    To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.

    Never would the Messiah disdain to be a servant of Allah , nor would the angels near [to Him].

    And whoever disdains His worship and is arrogant – He will gather them to Himself all together.”

    Surat Maryam (Mary): (“19:16 And mention, [O Muhammad], in the Book [the story of] Mary,when she withdrew from her family to a place toward the east. 19:17And she took, in seclusion from them, a screen.

    Then We sent to her Our Angel, and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man.19:18 She said, “Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, [so leave me], if you should be fearing of Allah 19:19He said, “I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy. ….. 19:29 So she pointed to him. They said, “How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?” 19:30 [Jesus] said,

    “Indeed, I am the servant of Allah . He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.

    19:31 And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive …….. )

    to complete story write in google Surat Maryam in quran .