Saturday, November 23, 2013

Can we know God?

This is a crucial question, asked by all religions and peoples. Can we know God? How can we know God? Here we have a number of explanations, given by Fathers of the Church explaining this important topic.
‘Anyone who tries to describe the ineffable Light in language is truly a liar – not because he hates the truth, but because of the inadequacy of his description’. (St Gregory of Nyssa)


‘We do not know God in his essence. We know him rather from the grandeur of his creation and from his providential care for all creatures. For by this means, as if using a mirror, we attain insight into his infinite goodness, wisdom and power’. (St. Maximus the Confessor)
‘The form of God is ineffable and indescribable, and cannot be seen with eyes of flesh. He is in glory uncontainable, in greatness incomprehensible, in loftiness inconceivable, in strength incomparable, in wisdom inaccessible, in love inimitable, in beneficence inexpressible.

Just as the soul in a man is not seen, since it is invisible to men, but we know of its existence through the movements of the body, so God cannot be seen by human eyes, but he is seen and known through his providence and his works’. (Theophilus of Antioch)

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