There is a common conception in secular society regarding God. That being, He is to be available when needed. If we get into a jam, He must spring into action, fix the problem according to our will. If God does not do as we ask, He doesn't exist, or we may become agnostic in belief. In the church world, there is a myriad of ideas of the ways and workings of the Almighty. Most of these thoughts are based on traditional knowledge, handed down from generation to generation based on the particular branch of Christianity, i.e. Roman Catholic, Babtist, etc. Each have a different view of God as to how He operates, what He can or will/willnot do based on the tenets of that sect. There are branches springing off of the branches, aka "cults," and then of course, the antigod faith, or atheists. All of these are very ardent in their thoughts of how God does things, and how He thinks.
Be assured of this...all are wrong. No one alive understands God. We may have an understanding of what He likes and hates according to scripture. But as the Buddah said, if you comprehend God, He ceases to be God. Well put. Most of us place God in this box of our understanding, and set the limits for Him to operate in. This is where we should think outside the box. This doesn't mean to deny His deity, or to say we're off of the mark regarding salvation, damnation, sin, atonement, etc. It is the workings of The Self-Existing Eternal Triune One, that we are incapable of comprehending. We are finite, fallible, and fallen. We have predictibility, He is unsearchable. We screw up, He is perfectly perfected in everything.
I don't think the way you think, the way you work isn't the way I work.-God's decree
For as the sky soars above the earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
the way I think is beyond the way you think.
...the words that come out of My mouth not come back empty handed. They'll
complete the assignment I gave them. Is.55:8-9,11
Fully coming to the understanding that we don't understand brings understanding. A real paradox. It is in our state of humility, in complete weakness, acknowledging our dependence on God to grant understanding, is where He enters our circumstances, and meets the needs we have. We will never understand why someone dies in their youth, or why certain people are blind, lame, deaf, etc. But He fully knows. We may always struggle to realize the reason why some are rich, others are penniless. Why God lets the evil one continue reeking havoc on mankind may baffle us, why God, why? This question is asked by two types, one who wants to know why, and the other who wants to live outside of grace, praying to whatever, that God isn't real.
Knowing I don't know is liberating to me. When I ran my universe and had all of the answers to life's complexities, there was problems. Mainly, controlling people, and situations, both being impossible. Today, I have a peace that by turning the reins of my life over to God, surrendering to Christ's completed sacrifice as the way to fellowship with the Father, I no need that control. He's the Potter, I'm the clay. I don't want anyone to think that I comprehend Him, or have superior knowledge of how He works. I go by faith in what is written, the just shall live by faith. (Romans)
I do have a little understanding of how various religions believe. I also understand the uniqueness of Christianity. You can go to the gravesite of nearly every religion's leader and there, they lie. You can go to the supposed final resting place where they laid Jesus..He is not there, He is risen. Religions worldwide base their faith on works alone, good works save you, bad works damn you. Christianity claims you must only believe because you can do nothing to be good enough, grace alone will save you and produce good works. God also gave us free will to choose whom we serve. Who else would I think of serving? I know based on other belief's I may be the best person the rest of my days, but my poor acts out weigh the good I've done. So I either burn forever, or end up making a return trip as a grasshopper or a jackass.
Give this some thought. How do you think? Is this based on a personal search, or family tradition?
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith