YOU CAN KNOW GOD
Within an individual’s sphere of life, each person lives according to statements, beliefs and practices transmitted to them from many previous generations, parents and other influencers around them. We are shaped, educated and refined in these ways until our lives become as a public declaration of who we are and where we belong. We identify with and apply certain habits, usages, ways and forms of speech peculiar to our cultures and traditions, all which manifest in our attitudes and behaviour. This is why it is easy to distinguish one cultural group from another. These inborn, or ingrained, ways, intended for good because they give an individual a sense of identity and belonging, however become weaponised and manipulated when humanity decides that one group of people is better than another group of people. Almost instinctively, to protect our own (which is not always the real reason for inter-group antagonism) we want our group to rule over others and enforce our ways, traditions and beliefs because we believe ours is better.
Further, to the despair of dogmatists around them, some group members do not feel strongly about their tradition, culture and customs and may even reject them. They leave people similar to them and living in the same place as them to find others to connect to in another place. There they pick up another culture, which, as with the grafting of two plants, will be grafted into their culture. In city dwelling for instance, this is common as groups interact or their members inter-marry. Over generations of grafting or inter-marriage, new ways, beliefs and habits will eventually form. However, the parentage of the cultures can never be changed or wholly dismissed. Genealogists, and those who inquired from them to know where their ancestors came from, will confirm this. Similarly, biologists can identify cells/properties of both grafts in the new plant under an electron microscope. That which came from each plant’s original roots remains in some form even though it might not be visible to the naked eye in the new or improved cultivar’s flowers or fruit.
Someone who traced their ancestry to the Vikings, for instance, would, when they are going through a difficult time, say, “I’ve got Viking blood, I can win this fight.” Somebody who hears their ancestors were poor slaves might have a different attitude. One will either fight because of it or fight against it. Either way it can affect your thinking once you know the blood origins of your family.
As life is fed and grown from roots, so the individual (re)born as a Bible-believing Christian has their roots. Believers’ roots are the Bible. It contains all the statements, beliefs and practices that are to manifest in our attitudes and behaviour, showing whom and whose we are. This is not always the case. All have heard it said that you have some Christians then you have other Christians. Could it be that some Christians forget or despise their roots and are Christians in name only meaning that they are not of any other religion? Could it be that other Christians know and accept their roots but may be ashamed at or annoyed by Christians, the church or Christian practice and reject it?
In the light of the book, "You Can Know God", a third question rises. Could it be that numerous Christians forget, reject or are annoyed or angry with the Author of the Bible and seek something else? Are they those who want to compel others to submit to their dominion? Are they those blaming others for global social and economic complications? Are they responsible for Christian infighting? Little else, but wide opposition, can be brought forth when one discounts the Root of Jesse (Isa 11:10).
Contemporary living has vast numbers of quandaries, qualms and unanswered questions. These evoke anxiety. They elicit notions of evil calamities and conspiracies. They propagate hogwash fed to the unwary. People are dying for answers; dying - from starvation of the body, from poverty of the spirit and from dis-ease of the mind.
The book, "You Can Know God" does not give direct answers. It directs the reader to one who can give answers. It challenges the reader to think and make choices. It dares one to experience God intimately, knowing that this will inevitably impose on one an unavoidable task.
The book is written in informal and mostly non-religious language to renew passion for the Bible (and its Author), which is old, translated, grafted and changed by numerous groups and comes handed down over many and varying previous generations. Yet, it is still true and its roots remain regardless of what we do with it —because its Root is the Living Word.
"You Can Know God" is written under a pseudonym, not to hide the identity of the author as such, but to magnify the Person of God and to ensure that he is honoured for it. He desires a personal relationship with us and this book is a call for us to come closer to him and to know him. Let it make you hungry for God and propel you into that inevitable task.
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