What price are we willing to pay for freedom? To what lengths of rebellion against conformity of accepted culture shall we seek truth? Shall we go so far as seeking solitude at the risk of being ostracized, ridiculed, or persecuted? But what is it we call freedom that we make our goal? Is it true freedom? Maybe? Or YES! Guaranteed.
And maybe to withdraw from seeking is the true rebellion. For we know we are a rebellious people from birth. So let us seek Someone for Whom it is most favorable to rebel against this world to find. Himself, the Lord of Glory.
The Rambling Reasoning of a Wretch, Reaching Out to Know.
~~Or: Seeking the Savior for Searchable Certitude.~~
Using our intellect in search of knowing God is the highest approbation we can return Him for providing such an instrument as the ability to reason. A well thought out and supportable theology is the point of that search. It helps organize our understanding of relationship with God, and endows it with a language suitable for limited human aptitude toward such comprehension…
Our primary purpose for being is to know God. He has given us a fine agent called the “intellect” to further us toward that goal. How we will to use this gift is left up to us, however. It can be used for the profane of the material world through manipulation, and rejection of the Giver. Or it can be used for the highest purpose of seeking to know our Creator and Savior. The latter pursuit is the most noble we can endeavor. For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God?
“Come now, let us reason together” the Lord beseeches us in Isaiah (Isaiah 1:18). WHOOOA! Almighty God, the living, infinite Creator of all, condescends to call, to invite me, who is less than the least, come alongside HIM, and learn from HIM! What should my response be? If I have now been put in my right mind(and He has done this for me), I will to come posthaste with so gracious an entreaty! To give back to Him the full use of faculties He has endowed to me, limited though they may be. To do so is only my reasonable service. Reason-able is the key word, bestowed by the Creator of all good things. Knowing Almighty God is the key to all knowledge and wisdom. In Him, alone is the Light of life and the Desire of the Ages.
Albert Einstein applied his incredible intellect to the study of God’s creation. How much more might he have discovered if he had applied that energy also to knowing God?
A Rebellious People
Isaiah 1:4 – 18
Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
For the Lord has spoken:
4 Woe to the sinful nation,
a people whose guilt is great,
a brood of evildoers,
children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the Lord;
they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
and turned their backs on him.
5 Why should you be beaten anymore?
Why do you persist in rebellion?
Your whole head is injured,
your whole heart afflicted.
6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head
there is no soundness—
only wounds and welts
and open sores,
not cleansed or bandaged
or soothed with olive oil.
7 Your country is desolate,
your cities burned with fire;
your fields are being stripped by foreigners
right before you,
laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.
8 Daughter Zion is left
like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a hut in a cucumber field,
like a city under siege.
9 Unless the Lord Almighty
had left us some survivors,
we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah.
10 Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the instruction of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,
who has asked this of you,
this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening.
Your hands are full of blood!
16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.
18 “Come now, let us reason together(to work through this matter),”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.