Saturday, November 29, 2014

God is above knowledge

Mankind has always tried to know its deity. It always tried to fully understand God. Not knowing or not understanding his will means, for some, that He does not exist. However, how wise would it be if we understood that we will not understand Him? God is above knowledge. This notion, fully understood, will liberate our thought and allow for faith to show the path we should take. St John Damascene explains the fact that God is above knowledge, claiming:

‘God, then, is infinite and incomprehensible, and all that is comprehensible about Him is His infinity and incomprehensibility. All that we can say cataphatically concerning God does not show forth His nature but the things that relate to His nature . . . . God does not belong to the class of existing things: not that He has no existence, but that He is above all existing things, nay even above existence itself. For it all forms of knowledge have to do with what exists, assuredly that which is above knowledge must certainly be also above essence; and, conversely, that which is above essence will also be above knowledge.’[1]

[1] ‘De fide orthodoxa’, I, 4, P.G., XCIV, 800 BA. 

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