“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt 3:16-17)
Hospitality of Abraham
How Do We Know God?
God is the Lord and has revealed Himself unto
us; blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord
We are born with an inner urge to know God. But God is not visible and often seems so distant. We thirst for knowledge of God and often don’t know where to look. We must first of all realize that God is not physical, not a mental concept and not something we can construct by philosophical reasoning. God can be experienced. But how?
The first words in our creed are “I believe”. Our confession is based on faith and is not founded on rational grounds. There are no proofs based on a logical examination of facts. It is based on an inner conviction with a moral foundation. To believe in God means that we acknowledge God with our minds and that we strive towards Him with our hearts. As Orthodox Christians we believe in that which is inaccessible to our outward experience, such as knowledge gained through scientific exploration or what is observed by us through our senses. Our faith is a mystical revelation in our soul. With it comes a feeling of love, fear, veneration, reverence and humility. Our faith is a reality that binds us with the source of all life and power - our God. As Paul says, Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1).
Can we know