How can finite man know anything about an infinite God?
by Joel Furches
Michael is something of a local hero in Jarrettsville, Maryland. Anyone that knows him knows that he will never turn down a request for his assistance, and his talents are endless. He is an accomplished woodworker, plumber, electrician, mechanic, gardener, and builder.
Michael was never very academically inclined. He was a below average High School student, and only ever managed an associate’s degree in college. But this does not mean that he is incapable of profound thought.
Michael is a Christian man who thinks deeply about God. Lately he has a problem: he says that anytime a human being thinks a thought about, or makes a statement about God, that person is placing themselves in a position of defining, judging, or comprehending God. This troubles Mike. In light of this, to say that you know something about God is arrogant, immoral and intellectually dishonest.
Long before Michael ever took a crack at this problem, Hindu philosophers came up with a metaphor about trying to comprehend the incomprehensible. It is the well known parable of the blind men groping at an elephant. Each one got an entirely different idea of the elephant from incomplete information about the entire beast.
If God is, indeed, infinite and incomprehensible, this becomes a very large problem for anyone that would seek to know Him.
Scripture itself seems to confirm this. It says: “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know? Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.”
But say that God actually wanted to communicate himself with humans. How would an infinite God express himself in terms that finite humans could comprehend?
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