Daar word op die oomblik in die kerk meer gepraat oor self-ontplooiing as oor self-opoffering.-Anon.......As ‘n kerk haar woorde begin devalueer, dan word die kerk ‘n ramp vir die volk. - K Schilder

10/24/2010

How God reveals Himself

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deutr 29:29)
According to the Bible, there are a number of ways through which God has revealed Himself to man through the ages, e.g. by speaking directly (like to Noah and Abraham), dreams (like Jacob) by telling people to write down His words as a general message (the prophets) and also through nature (Ps 19). In “reformed speak”, we usually talk about general (through nature) and specific revelation (the Bible). What has struck me about the quoted verse, is that some things are revealed, and some not and also that there is purpose in the revelation. How privileged we are, to have such intimate knowledge about the Living God!

2 comments:

Yf said...

Hallo Henrietta.
if one looks carefully, one will also see that God reveals Himself through science - the ID way of thinking. If one looks even more carefully, one will also see that God reveals Himself through history. The book of Esther is the prime example, where God "works"
in the "background." If you study history you come across quite a few instances where events developed "fortuitously" for Israel or in favour of Israel. The first event that comes to mind is the fall of Babilon.

However, we must still remember that the ID model and these events are arguments for the existence of God, it tells us nothing of the character of God. For that there is only one source, and it surely ain't philosophy, new age musings or esoteric experiences, but only the Bible.

Henrietta said...

Hallo Yf, quite a number of reformers classify the sciences under "general revelation" - even if the people who made the discovery are/were not Christians!