Thursday, October 17, 2013

Existential Crisis?

Acts 17:24-25 The God who made the world & all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven & earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; not is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life & breath & all things.

Existential crisis is not fun. I get it once in a while, when things get boring & tiring. Routines, day by day, week by week..

So much to learn, but the more we learn, the more we realise how little we know. Currently reading Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris!

What is doctrine? Machen said: "The narration of the facts is history; the narration of the facts with the meaning of the facts is doctrine." Doctrine can never take the place of Jesus Himself, but we can't know Him & relate to Him in the right way without doctrine. Why is it so important to us?

The doctrine of God, or theology proper, is a crucial part of our lives, because what we think about God- what we understand about His character & His attributes- shapes our understanding of every other doctrine & life itself. There's truly nothing more important than rightly knowing God & thinking true thoughts about Him. While we can't know God exhaustively, we can know Him truly.

What makes it difficult for us to see the truth about God, isn't His overwhelming immensity, but our overwhelming self-centredness. Looking past ourselves is A LOT harder to do than most of us realise. & that has resulted in the most dangerous issue- most people today imagine God as they'd like Him to be.

If you took 10 minutes to write down what you knew about God- His attributes, His likings, His laws, what would you write?

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