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A.W. Tozer in his book The Knowledge of the Holy states:
“What comes to mind when we think of
God is the most important thing about us.”
“Left to ourselves we tend immediately to reduce God to manageable terms. We want to get Him where we can use Him, or at least know where He is when we need Him. We want a God we can in some measure control. We need the feeling of security that comes from knowing What God is like, and what He is like of course is a composite of all the religious pictures we have seen, all the best people we have known or heard about, and all the sublime ideas we have entertained.”
“The most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God, just as her most significant message is what she says about Him or leaves unsaid, for her silence is often more eloquent than her speech.”
When you think of God what comes to mind?
I am not talking of the “right” answers, but your answer.
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
I have heard a quote that says the problem with having all the answers is that you usually don’t allow any questions.
In math, 2+2=4. When you bring things together, the sum is equivalent to the total that each part brings to the equation. A sum can not be greater than the total of it’s parts.
Let’s apply that to the church: the total or the condition of the church can not be greater than adding up all the individuals that make it up. Your view of God + the person next to you’s view of God + etc., etc., etc., = Our church’s view of God.
I hear you…but what about doctrine and statements of faith? Those things are great, but “…as a man thinks in his heart, so he is…”. As a church thinks, so it is.
Let me give you two views:
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
Let’s compare that to the view in Roman’s 1
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts
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