God’s Thoughts Should Be Our Thoughts: Truth Is Revealed and Knowable
Isaiah 55:8-9 are among those verses that have taken on a life of their own in Christian circles:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Christians often cite these verses as meaning that God’s thoughts and ways are so transcendent and inscrutable, we cannot know them. This is, we are told, a reason for comfort for the Christian, especially when circumstances around us are confusing and painful. Some even use these verses to defend a kind of Christian anti-intellectualism. After all, if God is unknowable, why study theology at all? When having a “childlike” faith is confused with a purely emotive faith, there’s no sense in stewarding our minds to the knowledge and worship of God. Unfortunately, this way of approaching God has further devolved into the idea that if God is unknowable, we can’t really know His moral will when it comes especially to certain behaviors and lifestyles…
Along with folks claiming they can not know the Bible or God many today take scripture out of CONTEXT almost casually like ‘hey it is no big deal.’ I think they need to read the last four verses in the Holy Word of God, Revelation 22:18-22. Below is a link to John MacArthur’s Grace to You Blog on Bible verses that folks frequently take out of context. You can also copy and paste ” Frequently Abused Verses” into the search box on this site and pull them up here.