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“When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.”
– Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam
That quote was the basis of our last LifeNote. We talked about the benefits of Bible college for gaining understanding about what we believe. In fact, learning about our own beliefs ought to be a goal for everyone. Too often, belief structure is based on custom, rather than on someone actually having studied the beliefs and forming real conclusions. Matthew 7:8 speaks of Christian doctrine when it says, “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”. But it could apply to any set of beliefs. All men ought to understand why they believe what they do. Or why that should change. It ought to be both an end point and a starting point for our faith.
Part of what we believe is based on logic. A Christian lawyer who had been in our church spoke of an a fortiori argument. The fact that Christ had done certain things could be used as “proof” that He was capable of doing “lesser” things. Wikipedia uses the example that, if someone can lift a 100 pound object, it’s a foregone conclusion that they can lift a 50 pound object of the same shape and weight distribution. But the spiritual world isn’t just what we can touch, see, feel, understand.
Paul said in 1Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”. In our finite, temporal state, there are things about what we believe that we can’t possibly know in any normal sense. No a fortiori proofs, because what we believe goes beyond anything we can possibly experience in this lifetime. Things that require a leap of faith.
1Corinthians 2:9 tells us, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”. And Hebrews 11:1 says, “”Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”. Faith may have a basis in experience and reality (as we know it), but had better not be limited by those.
We can “go from strength to strength”, in Psalm 84:7. But we also need to live in 2Corinthians 3:18, which reads, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”. Human strength goes only so far. It’s the glory of the Lord that takes us beyond the realm of our limited present reality. From the limit of what we can know to what we can sense beyond that.
How far beyond the knowable realm did you go, today?