Studying Cats, Dogs and God

Heard a chinese sermon sometime back over at FM102.3 Voice of Grace and it has left a deep impression on me. It says when we want to know dogs, we study dogs and not cats. If we want to know more about cats, we study cats. Humans can study dogs and cats because they are visible and we as higher beings are able to study them and gain understanding about them. Can dogs and cats study humans? Can they understand how we build planes? Do they know how we go about making a watch or know what we think and do the things that we do? The answer is no. If so, dogs and cats would be doing research, making inventions, building planes and cars.

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Similarly, can we as lower beings fully understand our Creator? Can we study our Creator that is not visible, know how He makes the planets, stars, moon, the sun, trees, plants, animals, the sea and everything in it? Can we question the things that He does and doubt His wisdom in the things that He do?

“But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say  to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ”Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” (Romans 9:20-21 NIV)

If we want to know God, we do not study the moon or sun or the stars for these are His creations although they are visible to us. If we need to pursue the knowledge of God, we need to look to God and that is God in the flesh whom is the Son of God- Jesus Christ.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:15-20 NIV)

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1:3 NIV)

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20 NIV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have  seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and  that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his  work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. (John 14:6-11 NIV)

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-3 NIV)

Thank you God for sending Jesus the Son of God, down to Earth to give us understanding. To become visible for us so that we may know this mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, to know You and be in You.

I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:25-27 NIV)

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