God - the Big Picture
There’s an old, but true, saying: We see things not as they are, but as we are.
Until we see the big picture clearly, as it really is, we look through the eyes of our preconceptions, prejudices, presuppositions, biases…whatever terms we choose to use.
Our view of reality is shaped by all that makes up who and what we are, rather than what is.
It is very difficult to move ourselves, and even more so others, away from a subjective and flawed worldview towards the truth of our existence.
When this happens, it is a “miracle”, a supernatural event.
When this happens, we move away from what we thought to be true towards what we, eventually, know to be true. There’s a difference, and this difference is only discernible in hindsight.
I can't convince you that what I know to be true is actually true, to the point where you also know it to be true.
Even though I know the God of the Bible exists (I would literally bet my life on it), I can't make you know that.
I can't convince you by physical evidence, scholarly argument, great erudition, clever writing, deep philosophy or theology.
Those aren't required.
God yearns for everyone to know Him, and we can know Him only through personal experience.
Finding the truth about God and the nature of reality is the ultimate personal experience.
It frees us from wanting to escape our earthbound "reality" through drugs and daydreaming because it is the best reality imaginable.
Can I convince you?
But God can.
And He will, if you ask Him and allow Him to.
To find God you'll need to open your mind and heart, and put aside your biases and presuppositions.
You don’t have to leave your rational, enquiring mind at the door; you can maintain your intellectual integrity.
If nothing else, consider this an opportunity to be intellectually honest and properly explore the issue before rejecting God’s existence.
(Even Professor Richard Dawkins admits he is not 100% sure that God does not exist.
During a recent debate with Dr Rowan Williams, then the Archbishop of Canterbury, it was put to Dawkins that he is described as the world’s most famous atheist.
"Not by me," he said.
"On a scale of seven, where one means I know he exists, and seven I know he doesn’t, I call myself a six."
He went on to say he was a "6.9", saying: "That doesn’t mean I’m absolutely confident, that I absolutely know, because I don’t.")
The observable universe is immense, the distances far beyond our ability to comprehend.
And that's just what we can see.
But that's not the Big Picture.
The Big Picture is God.
There is nothing beyond Him or outside Him.
God has always existed.
He created time and space.
He created us, everything we can see, and everything we can't see.
He created our reality.
He is reality.
It's critical to have that perspective in order to understand our existence.
If, therefore, we can know God as He really is (not as He is commonly portrayed), know the truth of His character, and what motivates Him, then we can understand how and why things are as they are.
We need the true picture of God.
Everyone has a picture of God, or their particular god(s).
The atheist's picture is of the "god" in whom he/she doesn't believe.
For believers, the truth has been so clouded that few of us have anything like the clear picture.
Confusion and division reign even in the Christian world.
Assembling the picture of God that reveals His true character, and hence the nature of reality itself, is like a jigsaw puzzle where some of the pieces you’ve been given don't belong.
A piece that doesn't belong will confuse and mislead.
The aim of this site is to help you find the right pieces so you can assemble the picture yourself and, on the way, find God.
The only person who can reveal God to us is God Himself.
He can fully reveal Himself to us only if we have the following:
an open mind
a willing heart
The Bible puts it this way:
We also need to accept the existence of the supernatural.
There is more to reality than we experience through our physical senses. There is a spiritual dimension. We can't find God and actually know Him unless we accept this, because God is a spiritual being and it is God's Spirit (the Holy Spirit) who communicates with us.
I was a die-hard skeptic and agnostic and scoffed at all things "spiritual" and "supernatural".
Not any more.
From Scientific American:
"For millennia, the greatest minds of our species have grappled to gain purchase on the vertiginous ontological cliffs of three great mysteries—consciousness, free will and God—without ascending anywhere near the thin air of their peaks. Unlike other inscrutable problems, such as the structure of the atom, the molecular basis of replication and the causes of human violence, which have witnessed stunning advancements of enlightenment, these three seem to recede ever further away from understanding, even as we race ever faster to catch them in our scientific nets."
No wonder, because spiritual things are spiritually discerned, and beyond the bounds of natural science and philosophy.
This article explains how God designed our "normal" state to be.
Can you place yourself in one of the six worldviews presented in the short video below?
Has God left a signature on His creation, on our hearts? What does the video below suggest to you?
In the presentation below, David Asscherick explains how we can "know" that God exists.