The short answer is: Plenty. How many times have you ever heard comments like these: “My friend is a really nice person. He’s got his religion and I’ve got mine. Does it really matter what we believe about God as long as we believe in Him?”

How about: “Oh sure; I believe in God but I don’t like churches so I just worship in my own way. What difference does it make?” Or maybe this one: “Yeah, I’m a Christian, and I go to church every week, does it really matter what I believe?”

As I have talked with people concerning their views about God, a question like this will often arise during our conversation. Frankly, these actual comments do quite nicely represent the prevailing philosophies of these crazy times.

It sure isn’t hard to see that human beings are a rather independent lot, aren’t we? We see above, a root of sin—pride. But the truth is, as much as we might not want to hear it, your opinion and my opinion really don’t mean much when it comes to what to believe about God.

As the Christian should already know, the fact is, that mankind has a fallen and corrupt human nature due to sin (cf. Psalm 51: 5; Romans 3:23). And no matter what we believe on our own, or even how hard we might try, we simply cannot know God by our own efforts.

In this postmodern culture we live in, people need to be reminded that God is truly beyond our comprehension, as He transcends knowledge, time, and space by infinity. We must help people to understand that God is an all-powerful, disembodied, ultra-dimensional Spirit—Who exists outside any continuum that we can access.

In other words, the Creator of the entire universe is way bigger, smarter, and more powerful than we can ever be. You may have heard the old saying: “You ain’t from around here are ya?” Well, not only is God not from around here, the fact is, He’s not even anything like us at all (Psalm 50:21)!

It’s important for us to understand that all we are capable of knowing about God, besides coming to the realization that we can’t know Him on our own, is what He’s chosen to let us know of Himself by one of His two revelations. Those would be His written Word, the Bible, and His living Word–Jesus of Nazareth, Who is the Christ.

The absolute truth that we can only come to know our Creator God on His own terms is confirmed in the Bible where the Lord tells us through His prophet Isaiah:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

So even if your intellect happens to be as massive as the entire Swiss Alps you simply cannot understand the ways of God without being regenerated, or born again; surrendered to Jesus Christ as your Lord, and having God the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Holy Trinity, living inside of you.

For the Bible is absolutely unmistakable when it says — The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Now this, of course, would have to even include the Bible itself, which was written by the Person of God the Holy Spirit through human authors of His choosing. If you’re not indwelt by the Holy Spirit you have no chance to accept the things that come from the Spirit of God.

Verses that we’ve looked at so far also explain why so many non-Christian cults like The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society; the Cult of Liberal Theology and the cult-like apostate Roman Catholic Church, who all use the Bible, are in existence.

These are people who by and large have not been regenerated by God the Holy Spirit, and so they cannot possibly rightly understand the Bible in the first place. It’s a sad fact; but it is one that we will all do well to remember, if we have any hope in reaching these people for Christ.

Now let’s look one last time at 1 Corinthians 2:14 – The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

You see, many things that God does make no sense to us, because on our own we just are not capable of thinking like He does. The deadly effects of sin have warped our perceptions so much that essentially we go through this life much like a horse with blinders on.

God gives us enough knowledge about Himself through His creation and the Bible to see clearly straight ahead, but then we must trust Him by faith for what we cannot see off to either side of our narrow road. It’s very important that we all understand  for ourselves how this all works.

However, it’s become even more imperative that we also learn how to share this truth with others around us. You must realize that our world is largely inhabited by an increasingly hedonistic society, which has been conditioned by relativism to think that there is no such thing as absolute truth.

That is, if they even believe that there is such a thing as truth in the first place. The trouble comes as the plethora of false teachers roaming the country-side attempt to walk off the narrow path onto “side” roads and claim to have answers to things that God does not wish man to know.

In actuality however, they are nothing more than odious professors of the teachings of demons, and Christ Jesus says to those who are following these counterfeit teachers – “Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit” (Matthew 15:14).

The truth is, we don’t need any new revelations about God. Instead, what we need to do is to seek the Lord for the power to live for Him, as He wants us to. The time has come where the Christian church must return to Biblical principles and to truly become more like Jesus.

The time has arrived for us fall at our Lord’s feet and ask Him to forgive us for being so selfish for so long, and to ask God to fill us a-fresh with His Holy Spirit. Then we can finally begin making more impact for the Lord Jesus Christ in this backward world in which we live.

And this is something that’s largely missing in the centered on the self witness of the visible Christian church.

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