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What do you know?

May 5, 2010

Mark Batterson, the pastor of National Community Church in D.C., has written a book called  “Primal” about returning to the root of Christianity.  Here’s a few quotes that really hit home:

“We know just enough to think we know a lot.  That is our greatest danger, intellectually.  Like teenagers who don’t know how much they don’t know, we’re so proud of our one-dimensional knowledge of the Creator and His creation.  And we’re so sure of our systematic theologies that quantify and classify the Unquantifiable and Unclassifiable One.  But quantifying and classifying always leads to demystifying.  And when you demystify God, you’re guilty of intellectual idolatry.  You end up with a god, lower case g, who fits into nice, neat cognitive categories.  But the god who conveniently fits within the confines of your mind will never fill your soul with wonder.” ~ Mark Batterson

The flip side of this is that this idea of never having God packed into a simple set of formulas should inspire us to study, pursue knowledge of Him, and make a life long-love pursuit of knowing Him more.  Here’s a follow-up quote from Mark Batterson from the same chapter in his book:

“When you stop learning, you stop loving. Why?  Because loving is learning more and more about the one you love.  True love is never satisfied.  It always wants to know more about the object of its affection.  The more you love God, the more curious you become.  When it comes to loving God with all of your mind, curiosity is both the cause and effect.” ~ Mark Batterson

So what do you know about God?  Is your soul filled with wonder about the One who will never be confined by the simple definitions and formulas made by man?  Are you gazing into the infinite today and being moved to worship?

Here’s one more quote to leave you with:

“The less you know God, the less you love Him.   And the more you know God, the more you love Him.  Why?  Because to know Him is to love Him.  And if you don’t love Him, it’s because you don’t really know Him.” ~ Mark Batterson


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