Friday, November 05, 2010

Quote of the Day: "We can trace all of our human problems to our view of God"

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"We can trace all of our human problems to our view of God." --  Bill Bright, Campus Crusade for Christ

So true. This is true of atheists, other-religionists, and, especially, Christians. If our view of God was right, we would freely worship him, trust him unreservedly, and, as a consequence, fully give our lives to him. How many of us hold back because we don't fully trust him?


Anonymous said...

Agreed. It would be a world of giving without regret, a socialism without socialists and schemers with a purpose that is not worldly but eternal. (real conservative)

Anonymous said...

indeed. 19 guys flew airliners onto buildings a few years ago, trusting Him unreservedly. Ine could say they fully gave their lives to him. Too bad they were allowed to so freely worship and didn't hold back because they didn't trust him...

RkBall said...

Anon2: you missed the point entirely. Islam presents a false view of God; persons following Islam cannot give their lives fully to God because Islam presents a false view of God.

So, "we can trace all our human problems to our view of God" is not invalidated in any way by your comment.

In fact, the example you provide supports it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, no. I nailed the point right on the head. There is no doubt these fellows fully trusted Him, and He led them wrong (in your view).

We can be sure these guys were constantly asking for his guidance, did he refuse their pleas, allowing them to partake in an abhorrent act in His name?

Maybe He doesn’t understand Arabic?

Anonymous said...

But perhaps my lame attempt at humour was too trite.

The point is, these guys had a false image of God, but how were they to know that? It was the image they were given, the image that spoke to them, through the inevitable and flawed human filters through which that all out understandings arrive.

So I ask, how can we commit ourselves fully to Him, when we cannot know what part of “Him” is truly “Him”, and what part is our personal or cultural understand of “Him”. How do we tell the image from the filter, what is the signal/noise ratio?

Ultimately, every believer has their own idea of what God is, and therefore, the more certain we are about it, the more committed we are to it, the less able we are going to be able to understand each other and work together as a people without running planes into each other’s buildings.

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"