Limitations Of Human Intellect And Knowledge

中文: Chinese Version

“If God is good, loving and all-powerful, why did such a tragedy happen?”

Such questions may seem reasonable, and are temptations to doubt. But underlying such accusations is the (often unrecognized) presupposition: Human intellect and knowledge are able to understand God’s ways.

Deeper reflection reveals that human understanding is limited and often lacks full information.

Example: Job’s “friends” made their embarrassing mistake of accusing Job of sinning partly because they didn’t know enough: They were ignorant of Satan’s earlier accusations that Job only obeyed God because of the blessings God gave him.

In contrast, John Chrysostom (famous 4th century thinker, preacher and writer) urges us to be humble, and, especially, not to be arrogant.

Human knowledge, reasoning and logic are _inadequate_ to accurately judge God’s actions.

Coffee/tea ThoughtCoffee/tea thought: When we are tempted to question God’s goodness and ways, it is best to humbly admit, in both science and faith, “I don’t know.”

John

February 3rd, 2020

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