Archive for the ‘The personal God of Scripture’ Category

Like an ignorant child who wants to make mud pies in a slum

September 17, 2009

Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition, when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.


cf. Jeremiah 2

God is the soul’s sole good

August 24, 2009

The Christians’ God is a God who makes the soul aware that he is its sole good; that in him alone can it find peace. Only in loving him can it find joy; and who at the same time fills it with loathing for the obstacles which hold it back and prevent it from loving God with all its might. Self-love and concupiscence, which hold it back are intolerable. This God makes the soul aware of this underlying self-love which is destroying it, and which he alone can cure.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées

God’s Provision

August 24, 2009

I do want you, dear friends, to realise this principle of working with GOD, and trusting Him for all. If the work is at the command of GOD we can go to Him with fullest confidence for workers. And when GOD gives the workers, then we can go to Him for the means. We always accept
a suitable volunteer, whether we have funds in hand or not.

Then we very often say, Now, dear friend, your first work will be to join us in praying for the money to send you to China. As soon as there is money enough, the time of year and other circumstances being suitable, the volunteer goes out. We do not wait until there is a remittance in hand to give him when he gets there. The LORD will, in the meanwhile, provide the means, and the money will be wired to China in time to supply his wants. Let us see that we keep GOD before our eyes ;that we walk in His ways, and seek to please and glorify Him in everything, great and small. Depend upon it, GOD’S work done in GOD’S way will never lack GOD’S supplies.

Roger Steer, J.Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ, O M F Books (October 1993) p.299

Allah’s Names, but not his nature can be known

August 24, 2009

Since there is no likeness of him, He or ‘His nature’ is not known by other than Him. So Al-Junayd …was right when he remarked: ‘Only God knows God’…One says, ‘I know God’ and one says, ‘I do not know God’. If you were to show a piece of intelligible writing to a reasonable person and say to him: “do you know its writer?” and he said “no,” he would be speaking truly. But if he said “yes: its writer is a man living and powerful, hearing and seeing, sound of hand and knowledgeable in the practice of writing, and if I know all this from the [the sample] how can I not know him? he too would be speaking truly. Yet the saying of the one who said “I do not know him” is more correct and true, for in reality he has not known him. Rather he only knows that intelligible writing requires a living writer, knowing, powerful, hearing, and seeing; yet he does not know the writer himself. Similarly, every creature knows only that this ordered and precisely disposed world requires an arranging, living, knowing and powerful maker.

Al-Ghazali, The 99 Beautiful Names of God, in Colin Chapman, Cross and Crescent, IVP, 1995, p.108

God’s names but not his nature can be known. But if his names are not founded upon his nature, can knowing his names really be knowledge?