Is God a Mystery?
for God to be God, we could not fully understand who God is or what God does. And so God would remain difficult or impossible to understand or explain – that is, God is mysterious.
While there many religious traditions that would agree with this view of God, Christianity teaches something radically different.
Christianity teaches that a) God’s nature can be known, but b) the full extent of God’s nature is not known. Let’s look at two examples:
Is God love?
From the story of Creation to God’s plan to restore everything one day, the Bible teaches that God is love. We are meant to know this about God.
For instance, 1 John 4:8 says it very plainly: “God is love.” A bit unclear? Not sure if he meant it?
Fair enough. John repeats himself in verse 16: “God is love.”
At the same time, this same passage admits that we lack a complete knowledge of who God is. As John says: “No one has ever seen God” (4:12).
But can we still progress in our knowledge of God? Yes.
The verse concludes: “if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
The Bible teaches us that God is love and we are to love. So (if there are reasons to think the Bible is true) we know that God is love. We know that we are to love God and our neighbor. But to fully know that God is love, we need the personal experience of actually loving God and one another.
Again: Christianity teaches that a) God’s nature can be known, but b) the full extent of God’s nature is not known.