There are many things concerning God and His ways that our finite minds could not comprehend. Some of them remain as paradoxes and antinomies. Who among mortals have logically understood the Love of God, the Grace of God, the Redeeming work of God, the Humility of God, and the Patience and forbearance of God, etc??
I have substantially borrowed ideas form Dr. Scot M Peck and most of the following are verbatim copies:
There are many conflicts fought under the banner of some ideology or deeply held beliefs among Christians. Given the divisive and destructive results, are these ideologies and beliefs scriptural or mere misapplication of scriptural passages for ‘proof texting’ of otherwise unscriptural ideas?
People approach very casually and simplistically –
- The God of Eternity;
- The depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God;
- His unsearchable judgments;
- His paths that are beyond tracing out; and
- The Incomprehensibility of His works.
They fail to realize and submit to the unassailable truth that in the end:
ALL THINGS POINT TO GOD as we read in Romans 11:36 –
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Here is a quote attributed to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr who once said:
“I don’t give a fig for the simplicity of this side of complexity,
but I would die for the simplicity on the other side”
To journey to the other side of complexity, we are challenged to make a radical shift in thought. We are invited to move way beyond any simplistic understanding in order to know God and the ways of God. We cannot discover the radical truths of God through a rigid stance of static certainty. A cautious yet commanding sense of “knowing with humility” is required.
The other side of complexity is not always linear or static, ultimately it is a process. This process involves mystery at its core, but it also encompasses a journey of change, of healing, and of the acquisition of wisdom. On this journey into the other side we may experience a sense of epiphany – those flashes of insight where many things that seemed quite complex begin to make more sense when viewed from a spiritual perspective.
Like all transitions in life, the transitions we make toward understanding the other side of complexity are likely to be difficult, even chaotic. We will encounter paradox, and in learning to understand paradox, we will experience psychic pain. In particular it is the pain of loss of old ideas and the sense of certainty they provided. Just when we get comfortable with all that we think we know, something will come along to rattle us out of complacency. Thus, it is imperative that we be open minded and courageous on this journey. We must gather all our resources – emotional, intellectual and spiritual – to endure the sense of loss involved in letting go of the barriers to our ability to think paradoxically, to think with integrity.
One paradox is that the simplicity on the other side does not always look simple. Many things about God, for instance, always seem like extra-ordinarily complex and incomprehensible. I believe in Trinity - God as three Divine persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three persons are distinct yet coexist in unity, and are co-equal, co-eternal and consubstantial. At the very same time I embrace the paradox and know in the deepest sense that God is ONE.
Courtesy Dr. Scot M Peck.