About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
I place a high
priority on our God-given rational capabilities.
Understanding presupposes intellectual involvement.
That being said, any attempt to know if some kind of divine
identity exists by rational means alone, will consistently fail.
If a non-human deity exists, logic dictates that something more
than our human intellect is required to determine his, her, or its,
As a Christian, I
agree with Jesus when he said that God, His Father, is a spirit (John
4:24), and, a spiritual birth is required to enter the place where God
exists (John 3:5). If God is
spirit, a rational person should conclude that a spirit's existence can
only be deduced through spiritual means.
Some might suggest
that Quantum physicists are on the verge of discovering God because of the
recently discovered, so-called, God particle.
Discovering God through scientific means might make for an
intriguing plot for a science fiction movie, but it's unlikely that
Quantum Physics will discover deity, but wouldn't it be interesting if it
did? Can you imagine the
sudden shock, the awesome, yet frightful, experience it would be for the
physicist who finds himself in the presence of the Almighty Creator of all
things material and all things spiritual?
I'm not promoting
ignorance, as some Christians do. Neither
am I advocating a spiritualism that I have noticed in some ultra-mystical
orientated Christians that borders on occultism.
I believe in a Biblical balance between the rational and the
spiritual, something I note in the life of the apostle Paul.
Paul was a highly
intellectual and educated man. More
than any other New Testament personality, including Jesus, he
systematically set forth the doctrine of God in a format that rational
people, even if they disagreed, understood.
I've always said that if Paul was wrong, and allow me to say it
this way: we as Christians are in one hell of a mess.
I believe Paul was right. Look
at what he said in 1 Corinthians 6:17.
is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit."
tells me that a human being is just as much spiritual as he is material
and mental. It was through a
spiritual intervention that Paul entered the domain of God.
That did not mean he discarded his intellectual abilities.
He went head to head in debates with the civil leaders (Acts,
chapter 26), the religious elite (Acts 17:16), and the philosophical gurus
of his day (Acts 17:18).
The first seven
chapters of Paul's letter to the Romans, chapters many Christians ignore
because they require much thought, are a scholarly treatise on the
theology of God and salvation. One
of Paul's conclusions is found in Romans 8:9.
anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to
I agree with Paul.
Without the Spirit of Christ in my life, I do not belong to Him,
let alone know He exists. My
life requires a Biblical balance between the rational and the spiritual.
Any attempt I could make to know if God exists through rational
means alone will sadly fail. I
have come to understand, through both a rational and spiritual means, that
the Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate, divine, universal truth.
I, therefore, have no other logical choice but to submit myself to