do i REALLY know God aright? or do i just base what i "know" on what others have told me or what i read in a book? here's a passage i just ran across that i think says it well:
to most people God is still the great "Unknown", ignorantly worshiped. how few people there are who have sought to understand the NATURE of God, who have ever asked themselves: "is there a God? how do i know there is a God? i have BEEN TOLD that there is a God, PEOPLE SAY there is a God, and i have READ BOOKS ABOUT God; but if i had to go on a witness stand and take an oath that i KNOW there is a God, what would my answer be? could i swear that i really do KNOW that there is a God? what evidence do i have? have i seen God face to face? have i felt God WITHIN me?" how would you answer such questions? - joel s goldsmith, "the art of spiritual healing" p 21 (emphasis mine - annie)
it was this very question that caused me to decide (for myself in my own mind) that scripture is inspired but not inerrant - the various translations and interpretations in particular are NOT inerrant. there are certain claims that people make based on their belief IN THE BIBLE, that i have found i must reject because of my belief IN GOD who is only Love, only Light, in whom is NO DARKNESS at all. can we truly know God aright from a second-hand source alone, even a thing as precious as scripture? Jesus said "you will BE MY WITNESSES". that would by implication insist upon first hand knowledge. for those of us not living in the first century, that would involve knowing, not the Jesus who walked the earth "in the days of his flesh", but the indwelling Spirit of the Living Christ who we worship, not on "this mountain" or "that mountain", but in Spirit and in Truth. selah.
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