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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Cherry Picking Again


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God, the Chief Cherry Picker
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If you are new to this blog, you may need to scroll down or go to the "Archives" at the right hand menu, to read the other blogs on "Cherry Picking. " They form the background for this blog. Other blogs are at 2/23/06; 2/28/06; and 3/9/06. These blogs reference the blog at 2/22/06 about D. G. Hart review of Peter Charles Hoffer's Past Imperfect.

There is one area of knowledge, and only one, where we do not need to cherry pick the facts. It is also the most important of all knowledge, and the foundation of all other knowledge. It is the most controversial, because sinful man does not think that the knowledge of God is possible at all, or even necessary, or even important.

The reason they come to these conclusions is that they have made the possible of God only a matter of cherry picking the facts in experience or science or something else. Everyone picks out his own cherries and constucts his theology, or lack thereof, by the nature of the cherries he has chosen. It is therefore impossible to know for sure, for cherry picking is an art, and only an expert can make the intuitive guesses that are necssary to even come to a smart guess.

But if there is a God and He is good, then He would not have left such important knowledge up for grabs. It would be perfectly clear if we had a heart to seek it. This is exactly the case. John wrote “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” (Joh 21:25 AV) Then again, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” (Joh 20:31 AV) We do not need to know everything about Jesus Christ to have true knowledge. God has given us what is necessary.

God has already cherry picked the facts that are necessary for us to know who God is and what He requires of us. These facts are recorded and interpreted in the Bible. “11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1Jo 5:11-13 AV)

God has given us a record of His Son. Eternal life and the knowledge of God is in Jesus Christ, and the record has been given to us. This is the reason that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Ro 10:17 AV)

If you want to know God and want to know what to know of Him and if you want to know the Way to Him, read the Bible seriously and seek God there.
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