One aspect of the Christian faith that I’ve always found challenging is that we are made with a yearning to know our Creator. However, at the same time, Paul tells us that in our fallen state we cannot accept the ways of God.
The other day I read a great simple statement:
Most people believe in God but don’t believe God.
As I meditated on that statement, I soon realised this was the answer to my quandary.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecc 3;11 NIV)
One interpretation I take from Solomon’s statement above is that idea of God placing a yearning for Him within our hearts. Perhaps that’s why we so many of us in the western developed world “believe in God”.
“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”(1 Cor 2:14)
However, to believe God, ie, to believe He is who He says He is, we need His revelation. That’s what Paul is saying above. It is not natural for us to believe God is all He says He is.
I like that I am now better able to understand what to me was a contradiction of sorts.
What revelations have you had recently that solved a little mystery in your theology? I’d love to hear them.