So, how does one come to grips with all this? Well, first we need to understand how we think about God. What is your view of God? Do you want a God that you can logically understand and figure out? Yes, it makes Him seem more rational, but is that how big a God you really want? If I can figure God out, how can I really expect Him to handle all the things I can’t figure out? I want a God that is bigger than what I can conceive and can do more than I can imagine. One who is totally mind-blowing! Isn’t that the kind of God you want? If that is the case then you want a God that is a conundrum, whose works are paradoxical and who can make antinomies true. If that is the kind of God you want, then the next step is really not that big.
What step am I talking about? Faith. It is the glue that ties all of these Godly conundrums together for us. If we want and believe in a God that is like we just described, then all we have to do is accept Him: who He is (a conundrum) as described in the Bible (Trinity), what He has done for us (a paradox) that we cannot do ourselves (salvation), and how he works and draws people to Himself (an antinomy) and makes us his (you can call it free will or predestination). This acceptance is by faith. It is what God requires. You can go only so far on human logic. It almost gets you there – but not quite. There is still a small gap. It is like Indiana Jones when he was seeking the Holy Grail to save his father. He was almost there. He could see where he needed to go but he couldn’t quite get there with his own efforts. He had to take that step of faith. It didn’t seem right. It didn’t seem logical. But he was desperate and so he took that step that in his mind would plummet him to his demise. However, the step was firm. It didn’t make sense – at first. But it was only after taking that step that it all made sense and he was able to complete his mission and save his father. Are you at that place? You are almost there but the next step just does not seem logical. Trust me. Just take that step. Only after taking that step can the conundrum, the paradox, the antinomy of God begin to make sense. You will never fully understand Him, but you will know that you can trust Him. That makes all the difference.
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