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Back to the Basics! Bibliology #1 The Logic of Revelation!

21 Feb

“You’ve made God in YOUR image! That’s what you’ve done!”, my friend John said to me. Rejecting biblical Christianity, he charges followers of Jesus with fashioning a god in their own likeness, with qualities they would wish in a deity.

I’m not sure John is all that wrong. It is certainly possible to think of God as WE want Him to be, rather than as He discloses Himself in the Scriptures. But when Christians think clearly, they recognize that God is not created, but discovered. Better put, God reveals Himself to us. We wouldn’t have the sense to search for Him.

Logically, if we have been made by an infinite, personal Creator, does it not make sense that He would want to communicate to His creatures? And that is what biblical Christianity claims. God has communicated Himself to us in the Bible.

The idea of revelation is that God gives us a massive amount of information about Himself and His ways in the literature of the Scriptures. If we want to get to know God, we must get to know His Word!

If someone really wanted to get to know me, they could talk directly to me. They could interview my wife. They could ask questions of my friends. And, if they were, for some inexplicable reason, really desperate to get to know me, they could read the books I have written.

The God of the Bible can be known!  He is not some deistic deity who wound up the world and then went away on vacation.  He is intimately involved in His world and wants to be intimately involved in my world.

The Apostle Paul prays in the book of Ephesians: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” (Eph. 1:17)  Are you seeking to know Him better?  Are you praying for others to have the same goal?

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2018 in bibliology

 

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2 responses to “Back to the Basics! Bibliology #1 The Logic of Revelation!

  1. john

    February 21, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Larry,
    I would like to make a correction: Your quote of my reason for rejecting biblical Christianity did not include the part you added on your own “…with qualities they would wish in a deity”.
    My words were more along the lines that humans uploaded to the perceived character of God not just the desired qualities but also the very bad ones as well. Vanity, desire to be admired and worshipped, short temper, fast and merciless judgement, cruelty to animals, absence of impartiality in regard to race, etc.etc. All bad qualities, that in my humble opinion are not the kind of qualities an all loving God should have.
    John

     
    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      February 22, 2018 at 5:01 am

      John, I understand your point. But don’t we all have the tendency to want to fashion God in our image? You want an all-loving God, right? What about holiness? Wrath? Judgment? Those are convenient to leave out, aren’t they? I don’t think I’ll ever convince you of the truth of the gospel, but Jesus bore God’s wrath for me. I didn’t make that up. Blessings. Larry

       

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