How well do you know God? The agnostic says that God is unknowable and beyond the reach of the human mind. Well, this simply is not true. God is knowable and you know it . . . and deep down, so does the agnostic.
It was Thomas Huxley, known as “Darwin’s Bulldog” for his advocacy of Charles Darwin’s misguided and mistaken theory of evolution, who coined the term “agnostic” back in the nineteenth century. “Agnostic” comes from two Greek words:
gnosis = to know
a = to take away
In other words, the agnostic believes the knowledge needed to know God has been taken away; it is not available to the human mind. Now, inasmuch as the word agnostic is a relatively new word to the English language, we can find its Greek equivalent throughout sacred Scripture. Here is one example from the pen of the apostle Paul.
I do not want you to be ignorant . . . (Romans 11:25)
The Latin word “ignorant” is derived from the Greek agnoeo, which means “not to know.” So agnostic and ignorant mean the exact same thing: not knowing God!
But you and I know that we can know God, because He has written two books for us to read. The first book comes under the title of General Revelation, consisting of everything we see in the world (cosmos) around us. Deep down, we know there is a God and it is not us! The astronaut Eugene Cernan said, “I am convinced of God by the order out in space.”
The second book God has given us comes under the title of Special Revelation. The Bible is God’s revelation in written form; by looking at both books we can come to a very deep understanding of God. This knowing goes far beyond just knowing about God; this knowing plumbs the depths of really knowing who God is . . . and by knowing who He truly is, we begin to know who we are and what we are here to do.
The best way to get to really know God is to read about Jesus in the Scriptures. Time and time again, Jesus told His disciples that to see Him was to see the Father . . . to hear Him was to hear the Father . . . to know Him was to know the Father. Why? Simply because Jesus was God incarnate. As the great “I AM,” Jesus is the expressed revelation of God in human form. John’s gospel opens with these words, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known” (John 1:1, 18 ESV).
The more you know about Jesus, the more you will know about God, and the more you know about God, the more you will know about yourself and your place in this world. And by knowing your place in this world, you will experience the three things every human being needs to know to live a life that truly matters: purpose, meaning, and significance. To truly know God is to know all you truly need to know!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!