God Makes Godself Known Through Faith, Reason, Scripture & Tradition

Introduction

Actually, there is a need for God to make God self to be known to humanity as the creator and the giver of life. By creating human beings in His likeness, God expects the humanity to live according to His prescriptions. Of course, the creator or the “manufacturer” would be the best “person” to provide a guideline or manual on how the product should function. Human beings cannot function appropriately without the guidance from the creator and therefore there is great need for God to reveal Himself to humanity so that they can understand who He is. Always God has a way of communicating to human being. According to Rahner (1975) “this communication is supernatural, grace-given but given to every mind inescapable and always”[1]. In this essay, the argument seeks to answer a thesis statement on whether God makes Godself known through faith, reason, scripture and tradition – but is ultimately unknowable.

Discussion

Every time God wanted to manifest his power to humanity, He used a person of great faith. God works with people through faith, as the means of accessing spiritual materials. God elevates man supernaturally in order to be able induce a revelation which makes him view God from another perspective[2]. In the arena of revelation, God’s trinity is revealed through the different roles that are played in His triune nature. As Rahner (1989) asserts, “God’s self revelation takes place within the reams of the consciousness”. For the minister to be able to portray God power, he or she must have a component of faith. God operates in the world in an invisible form, and therefore to be able to acknowledge that He can work miracles, faith must be portrayed. As Rahner (1989) argues, “Christian faith finds its strength in the revelation of God immortal ability through Christ”[3]. A person must first believe that though God is invisible, He is present at that particular time and can perform miracle in the invisible form[4]. When God intends to bring a revival or a change in humanity, He gives a revelation to a person to build the faith of that person. Once a person is well equipped with faith, He reveals hidden mysteries to that person such that he operates with a different knowledge about God Himself. The supernatural experience in mankind has a history that which comes a God offer to freedom of men.

The Holy Spirit, as in Christian theology plays a role of communicating God’s intension to then Christian in a inner voice that can only be understood by those acquitted with the ways of God[5]. Communicating to God through prayer involves believing that the words a person utters are heard and that a response from the Supreme God will be given. This is an action of faith through which the invisible God reveals Himself to humanity. However, there are persons who have faith in certain things though they do not believe in God’s existence. The Atheists do not believe in God but they portray faith in certain things which go as per their belief. Therefore, it would be difficult to ascertain that Godself is revealed through faith.

God intension of revealing Himself to mankind comes with salvation through Christ who is a part of Godhead. Through the grace of God, men are considered in the realms of the spirit and are included in Gods master plan of redemption. In order for the redemption plan to be effective, God self must be revealed to mortal man. However, God being the creator of everything that exists, made things to that could explain who He is[6]. Throughout the scientific discovery, there are incidences that are beyond scientific explanation. Even in the theories that scientist generated to explain the formation of the earth, it becomes impossible to deviate from the fact about a certain power pioneered a certain concept. God makes God self revealed through reasons which humanity appreciates as divine works of a powerful God. In a deeper sense of God way of self-revelation, He reveals himself as the reason and inner fulfillment of immeasurable transcendentalism[7]. How nature takes care of itself without the need of human influence reveals God creative plan that is beyond human evaluation. It would be difficult to explain the some mechanisms natural mechanism without the proper knowledge of God who is behind all the creation. There are reasons behind every incident that happens without human influence and God sometimes intend to reveal Himself in such incidences.

The Christian and Jews traditions dominate biblical culture expressing fear to God in many ways. Even though God does not reveal his form in the natural eye, He makes use of people’s way of living to reveal His nature. Within the Jews and Christian traditions, circumcision originated from Abraham and found its ways to all other generation. Therefore, Godself is revealed through traditions which come from God himself. However, some traditions in Christianity and Jews culture do not reveal Godself. During the days of Jesus era, He proved most of the traditions that were honored by Jews to be unnecessary and unworthy. Also, some traditions do not have some relevance from the bible and therefore they lack the capacity to reveal God in His nature.

There are theological records of what happened even earlier before the creation of the first man. In actual sense, it would be impossible to have records written by a man of what happened before the first man was created. The scripture provides an account of all the activities that took place during the creating period. The history of chronology of creation, from Rahner theological perspective reveals supernatural empowerment of God to mankind to perform a task that in not known to him[8]. It would be impossible for a man to write what happened during the creation if it were not for God’s revelation. God revealed hidden mysteries to Men who wrote the books in the bible. The scripture of revelation reveals things that will take place in future or in the end of the world. John wrote this book under the control of Holy Spirit. The apostolic tradition played a great role in formulation of scripture and its contents. Tradition was a necessary tool that provided evidence to scriptural context. Actually, the view of the canon in scripture is known from the tradition that existed during the creation of the scripture[9]. However, there have been misgivings about resource-sufficiency of the content found in the scripture. The relevance of scripture comes from being inspired by God in order to reveal mysteries, which are, not know to mankind about God[10].

Therefore, it is appropriate to conclude that God reveals Himself to the humanity through the scriptures. According to Rahner’s ideology, scripture and tradition works together to bring unity on God’s true nature.[11] Christians should always use the bible and read the scripture to understand God intensions in their life. The scripture gives revelation of the mind and the intension of God for the human beings. However, reading the scripture requires the revelation by the spirit of God so as to understand what God intend to do in a particular time. There are two dimensions through which God can reveal himself to mankind through His word. A revelation can come from the “logo” which is the written word of God, or through a “rhema” which is the inspired word of God. Through reading the bible scripture, it is possible to understand how God is, His nature, and how he communicates to humanity. Christians are encouraged to read the scripture so that they can be able to understand what is required of them in whatever situation they find themselves. Men respond with great love and adoration out of the certainty that comes from the word of revelation[12].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

Bowker, John. Knowing the Unknowable: Science and Religions on God and the Universe. London: Tauris, 2009.

Rahner, Karl. Encyclopedia of Theology: A Concise Sacramentum Mundi. London: Burns and Oates, 1975.

Rahner, Karl. Foundations of Christian Faith: An Introduction to the Idea of Christianity. New York: Crossroad, 1989.

[1] Karl, Rahner. Encyclopedia of Theology: A Concise Sacramentum Mundi. (London: Burns and Oates, 1975), 1460.

[2] Ibid.,1460

[3] Karl, Rahner. Foundations of Christian Faith: An Introduction to the Idea of Christianity. (New York: Crossroad, 1989), 170.

[4] Ibid., 1461.

[5] Ibid, 142

[6] Bowker, John. Knowing the Unknowable: Science and Religions on God and the Universe. (London: Tauris, 2009), 126.

[7] Karl, Rahner. Foundations of Christian Faith., 173.

 

[8] Karl, Rahner. Encyclopedia of Theology, 1551

[9] Ibid 1551

[10] Ibid 1552

[11] Ibid, 1550.

[12] Ibid., 1550.