Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Knowing God

For those of us who spend a significant proportion of our lives seeking God in the study, here are some refreshing words that may help keep us from forsaking our first love:
Jesus has taught us that the way to know what God is like is not by determining our philosophical boundary conditions/ definitions/ delineations before departing, but rather the way to know is by embarking on an adventure of faith, hope, and love, even if you don't know where your path will lead (think of Abraham, Hebrews 11:8). The way to know God is by following Jesus on that adventure. One doesn't learn what God is like in a library or a pew and then begin to love God in real life. One begins to love God and others in real life. In the process one learns what God is like-and one might be driven to the library or pew to learn more. Anyone who doesn't embark on the adventure of love doesn't know God at all, whatever he can say or define or delineate, for God is love.

B. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy (Zondervan, 2004), 185

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