Object of knowledge

“Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love,
unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.”
–James Wilson, Of the Study of the Law in the United States, c. 1790

What Wilson says of law and liberty is true also of God. God cannot become the object of our love, unless he first becomes the object of our knowledge. We cannot love and know God without knowing about him first. And, for our blessing, he has left, first in creation and more fully in Revelation, evidence aplenty for our learning.

On the other hand, it is possible to know much about God and never know and love him personally. If at one time it might be said that this was true, today it is more likely the case that people do not even know about him.

God is but a vague concept with blurry edges, targeted with any frequency only in oaths and blame for earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes. We know much about many things in this world, our knowledge grows exponentially, or so we tell ourselves, but knowledge of God lacks for opening the one Book in which he tells us about himself and his long-term interest and over-arching plan for the human race.

So let us look upon the knowledge of God as one exhilarating discovery after another.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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