Does this sound like you, at one time or the other? The Apostle Paul writes:
If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given to you...how that by revelation he made known the mystery...which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men (Eph 3:2-5).
Gods deity or divine nature is not hidden, it is actually commanded that we first know it (Mark 12:29). For they that now worship or reverence him, must do so in spirit and in truth (John 4:24); truth about who he is, was and always will be. One might interpret the word truth in the above verse as sincerity of heart. However, one may have a sincere heart while still giving reverence to a lifeless rock.
The truth is, there has always been one God and [who is] father of all, who is above all and through all (Eph 4:6). He is then all powerful, all knowing and exists everywhere, yet one being.
He is the I AM to whom past, present and future are equally today, who is without beginning and without end, without succession of days or change of conditions. He is the Omniscient One, to whom all things are so absolutely known that there can neither be anything hidden from Him nor any increase of knowledge or intelligence. He is the Omnipresent One, so pervading all space and time with His presence that it is only in an accommodated sense that He can be said to be at any point of time or place....
He is the Immutable One, who changes not. His absolute perfection at once forbids change for the worse, which would be improvement and imply previous imperfection, since perfection cannot be improved. Such a unique and solitary Being must have His own ways, both of thinking and doing.
He has his own lexicon, using language in a unique sense and defining his own terms; that he has his own arithmetic and mathematics, not limited to mans addition and multiplication tables; his own calendar, reckoning time in his own fashion, and dividing all duration into ages and dispensations, to suit his eternal plan; that he has his own annals and chronicles, writing up history according to methods of His own, leaving great gaps of silence, chasms of oblivion, where he deems nothing worthy of record; that he has his own grammar, using all the nice distinctions of conjugation and declension, voice and mood, tense and person, gender and number, with discrimination and design. In a word, everything about God and His methods shows that he lives on a different plane from man and cannot be either restricted to mans notions or judged by mans standards (A.T Pierson, from a book awarded to me by the Y.M.C.A in 1997).
One bible teacher noted, Humanity as a whole, have always been mystified by his various manifestations. That is why, he has to be revealed not only to us but, as Paul confessed, in us (Gal 1:6). No man can discover him by experiment, or any form of academic study, however intense (Earl Campbell, correcting a paper I gave to him).
Isaiah himself confirms this in prophecy, by saying, To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? ... Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? ...To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One (Isa 40:18).
How can we then know him?
Only by what he says of himself, nothing more, and nothing less.
The Hindu religion is recorded to possess over 330 million gods and goddesses; and Buddhism has similar multiplicities of gods and goddesses. We noted earlier that God made every man with the capacity and desire to believe in a higher being. This is clearly active in the Hindu religion, most religions and even secular humanism.
For all religions seek for a higher being, source or guidance than themselves. But most often the means and results are not of God, even though it might seem spiritually ecstatic or fulfilling. Nevertheless, much praise to men and women of every faith who have taken the courage to believe in the unforeseen. However,
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in the temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with mens hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of Men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determine the time before appointed and bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from everyone of us;
For in him we live, and move, and have our beings; for we are also his offspring.
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and mans devices [secular humanism or religion].
And the times of this ignorance God winked at: but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent [change their concepts of him to the truth of who he is]: (Acts 17:24-30)
Also, how can you call to him, if you don't know his name. His name is Yah (Jah), connoted to Yahovah (Jehovah). His saving name is Yahoshua Ha Mashiah (Jesus Christ). Call on him by his name and he'll hear your cry! HalleluYAH, which means praise be to Yah!
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