God Knows!

Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.

It is human fallen nature to attempt to reduce God into another human being, albeit a very smart one, maybe the smartestest one, but the very false belief is the way He thinks, feels, and His knowledge is accumulated just like human beings.

The Psalmist above writes “His understanding is infinite”, which is a praise of His omniscience. God is ALL-KNOWING. There isn’t a thought you could dream up of which could be hidden from Him or known by Him before you even attempted to think it. He knows every action and inaction in human and world history down to very last detail, there is NOTHING He does not know.

If you get God’s omniscience wrong, you will get MANY things wrong on His doctrines!

And this is probably the major problem sinners have with God, that they cannot evade justice from Him as they would their own human authorities. In a court case, a criminal will hire a defense attorney who will try to convince a jury of their peers of reasonable doubt. Evidence or the lack thereof is produced, an argument is given, and since the jury does not have infinite understanding, but finite understanding, they make their decision accordingly.

God doesn’t work that way! He has all evidence of everything you did, you did not do, what you thought about, what even your thought process was, your rationalizations and justifications, your excuses, the exact time down to the very second. God NEVER learns, He knows everything of every single human being, His angels, and even Satan and his demons!

God is never reactive. Now in Scripture, by His grace, He entertains human beings or speaks to them at their level, but make no mistake He knows. It is like asking someone if they did something wrong, when you know they did, just to convict them.

Many think that they can manipulate God into believing in them, instead of believing in Him, by this false notion that God is like every other human being in their life. The Pharisees for example could deceive the masses by their religiousity, and solemn piosity, but they could never fool Jesus Christ who called them out all the time.

Jesus would share exactly what they were thinking, and the Pharisees scoffed as to believe Jesus was some sort of silly mind reader. But what they could not bring themselves to believe was that He was God in the flesh. Jesus was not merely reading their minds, He KNEW what they thought before they thought it. And there wouldn’t be anyone who could trip Him up because His understanding was infinite!

God knows each and every hair on your head down to the last number. He knows the exact second you awoke this morning, and if challenged could tell you how many breaths you will take today and how many beats of your heart will have. And not only you, but every created being there ever was! Contemplate and meditate on His knowledge and it will give you a better understanding of who He is and how world religions attempt to negate that knowledge.

Take the billion of the greatest and brilliant human minds all together, and they would not register on any scale against God’s knowledge! We will NEVER come close to understanding the full counsel of Him, but what we CAN understand is that He is ALL-KNOWING and thus apply that to our understanding of Him. It will give you a better grasp on what His revealed word in Scripture is teaching as well! The more you understand that He is omniscient, the more you are humbled before Him, the more you praise Him, the more you will submit to Him, the more you will stop trying to negate that knowledge for your useless finite thinking!

The Blasphemy of Jesus

John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

“You be you”, “Be your truth”, “You believe your truth, and I will believe mine”, “Just be the best version of you”, “you only live once so do what makes you happy”, “the truth is what you make of it”, are just some of the calling cries from post-modern relativism of an unbelieving fallen world.

With this comes whatever “truth” they want to make up about Jesus, what you want to make up about God, is deemed the truth. Which is called subjective “truth” or in other words there isn’t a standard, as every individual can come up with their own version, the version which makes them the most comfortable.

The most used and most common subjective truth about Jesus is this depiction of a totally passive peace activist. The most often used line from Jesus is “love your neighbor as yourself” by unbelievers as a way to say “hey, stop triggering me, you need to tolerate my debauchery and degenerate ways”. Which is NOT at all what Jesus was saying by “love your neighbor”, He was saying “tell them the TRUTH”.

There are all sorts of ways sinners pervert Jesus into a false Jesus. The common way is to invent a Jesus which fits your lifestyle and pre-set conceived notions, not the Biblical Jesus. A Jesus which will conform and tolerate your life, who changes His edicts and promises daily to suit your needs.

World religions most often will present a false Jesus that bows to their religious practices. The false premise is always an authority issue. “Jesus left us His authority”, which some like Roman Catholics believe made their church now omnipotent over mankind. The truth can change, because Jesus doesn’t hold all authority, as they falsely believe.

Blasphemy of Jesus are the spoken words about Jesus which are false! Some flippantly blaspheme Him with ease and claim He said something He didn’t or meant something that He didn’t or did something He didn’t do, totally perverting His character, His omniscience, His omnipotence. In effect, telling Jesus He must bow before this new truth you invented, this is called blasphemy of His name.

When you read the Bible, if Jesus promised something such as eternal security, you must believe it as an irrefutable and immutable truth or you do not believe in Him. Many will be saddened on Judgment Day when they see Him face to face and He is nothing as you dreamed up in your mind! He wasn’t this passive, weak, carpet bagger as you thought, but the very KING who was always SOVEREIGN, who never bowed before you or your church!

Do You Instead Want God to Believe in You?

Invariably, every unbeliever and those encapsulated in a false world religion will do something very similar. They will claim to have read the Bible, but are reading INTO the Bible something called presuppositions. By this they are asking God to believe in them, rather than believing in God. They tell God “either You submit to what I think You are, or get lost, You are not my God”.

Are there certain non-negotiable conditions in your mind that must be met first by God in order for God to be your God? That these certain pre-conditions or characteristics need to be entertained by God, or you could not believe in Him. That He must FIRST submit and comply to your worldview, how one is saved or sent to hell, or when He can save a person and how, and all of His truth must also comply or it must be discarded.

If so, you are in fact reading the Bible the wrong way!

A presupposition is a pre-disposition that you believe and will trump everything else including what God has said in the Bible. For example, you dream up this view of who God is, what He can do or cannot do in order for you to believe He is God and thus read the Bible this way. Or you prop up your world religion and what THEY have taught, and whatever that doctrine is presupposes what God has taught, it trumps any truth God might have told.

This is the WRONG WAY to read the Bible, by those presuppositions. Because it will led to confusion, ignoring vast stretches of biblical truth and perverting the rest so that it meets your presupposing ideology. I have had people show me a verse and try to say it meant something so vastly different than what the plain words are, not even close to what the verse said or in its context with the rest of the passage or chapter or systematic context.

It is quite easy to spot importing of a presupposed doctrine. Usually this is done by cherry picking a verse which will have NO tie, no other support for that doctrine by that one verse. And sometimes as we see Roman Catholics do with James 2 verses for example, what they are cherry picking and claiming a doctrine is will directly contradict Jesus or other biblical writers.

If you are reading the Bible the wrong way, you will also ignore biblical truths which will condemn your lifestyle. Certain sins are spoken of, so you will purposely ignore vast parts of the Bible and just read whatever complies or doesn’t talk about those sins. I have seen some try to license homosexuality this way, or they’ll try to claim it isn’t a sin because Jesus never mentioned “homosexuality”, whereas He did. Jesus is God, so presupposing that His existence began in Bethlehem is a way to ignore the actual truth. Or when the attempt is made to separate Him from the Holy Spirit, and that Romans 1 wasn’t of His office or 1 Cor 6:10 for example.

Now the RIGHT way to read the Bible is an outward approach! You read it as God is speaking to you, not you speaking to Him. You read it as God teaches you His truth, you don’t tell God what His truth is. You read it as an edict from the King, not an edict from the people. You see God as the sovereign One, not your church or worldview as sovereign or equal. You read it as inerrant, not as in error, because it came from God. You SUBMIT to its teaching, you don’t ask the teaching in the Bible to first submit to your worldview or belief.

If you don’t read the Bible the RIGHT WAY? You will always get God wrong, His teachings wrong, and it will culminate errors in your doctrines. You will be engaged in many arguments with those who are reading the Bible the right way, and spend most of your time defending your useless presuppositions.

Lastly, ask yourself, if you can’t read the Bible without your worldview taking priority, do you actually believe in God? Or do you want God to believe in you.

Denying is Lying

Your right to remain silent with God is non-existent. When He asks you “what have you done?”, silence would be your denial, but if you even think about denying your sins before Him, you will not get away with it because He ALREADY knows.

I see the first lie in denying was conducted by Adam in the Garden. God asked him in Genesis 3, “what have you done?” and Adam’s denial for his sin was to blame God for giving him Eve. As IF God didn’t know what he had done including Adam’s thoughts before he had sinned. Adam tried to deny that he sinned by rationalizing it was Eve’s fault, and God to blame for her causing him to sin, a denial of his iniquity.

If you weren’t aware, and thought we could get away with lying by denying, it might work with man because we aren’t not omniscient, but it never will work with God. Examples would be the husband who cheated on his wife, while his wife has pretty much first hand video evidence, says “You are crazy, I was working late, that’s all”. The 2 year old child who you witnessed eating the cake and has frosting on their nose, in their hair, etc. says “No, I didn’t do it”. I have known Roman Catholics for example who I point out in excruciating detail their blatant idolatry and blasphemy say “that is not idolatry” or “that is not blasphemy”. I could probably write a thousand page book on just the examples of the denials which are lies. Even the denial when casually being asked “how are you doing?” and your response being “I am fine” when you aren’t fine, is a denial in a lie.

Lying comes so easily for us in a fallen state. As I mentioned it didn’t take long for Adam to start lying after he had sinned. The illogical part to lying is to convince yourself that God doesn’t know the difference! Some asks you “did you to it?” to something you blatantly did, and all you have to do is think “no I didn’t”, remain silent, and you sinned, you lied before God. You didn’t get away with it before Him even though you may have convinced your fellow man.

I personally know a person in my life that no matter what they are accused of, good, bad, indifferent, they immediately deny it, especially if they were trying to conceal what they did or you say it in an accusatory manner which should never excuse denying in lying. Their immediate reaction is “no, I didn’t”, when you have video, witness, audio, text, evidence to the contrary, and this person isn’t a 3 year old, but in their 70s.

Now think about Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb of God, in this context. He was born of a virgin, incarnated, was fully God and fully man as He walked this earth and was tempted in every way but did NOT sin ever. Think how EASY denials are, embarrassing things in our life we don’t want others to know about, and how EASY it is to lie. Jesus must have been a strange person as a youngster, because He never denied anything or tried to conceal anything to get away with anything. He never rationalized in His mind, “I am lying to protect a friend” or “I am denying that, because it is no-one’s business”. This is WHO died in your place if you believe in Him! You lied many times over, He never did! You deserved death, He never did!

Now denials are not always sin if they are truthful, if you truly did not do what you are accused of whether that be good or bad or indifferent. And again, whether or not man believes you is of no consequence, it is whether God believes you and He knows the truth!

Lastly, since denials are a deep seeded sin part of a pride engrained in us, just because one has been born-again doesn’t automatically mean they’ll never falsely deny things to their fellow man, but the difference will come in the automatic/immediate conviction of that sin because they KNOW they just sinned before God and will be disciplined and commanded to repent. One who is being sanctified will grow to not deny, but to tell the truth, pride is being taken away if indwelled by the Holy Spirit. One who has claimed to be a Christian for decades should not be a habitual liar in other words.

I know it is easy to say “do not deny what you did, tell the truth!”, but hard to put in practice, so ask God for help in this! Ask for His provision to be Christ-like and always strive to confess and be as honest and truthful as you can despite feelings, emotions, etc. Telling the truth sets you free, denials put you in bondage to the sin of lying!