Essay about Knowing God

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Running head: KNOWING GOD

Knowing God
Module 2 Essay
Sheila D. White
Grand Canyon University
HTH 505
April 18, 2013

Knowing God: The Doctrine Of Revelation Theology is "the instruction concerning God" or "the deliberation of God."(Grenz, 2000, p.2) It endeavors to disclose the identity of God, the habitation of God, and the character, origin, position and importance of God. Humans commonly acquire information in three ways: through their senses, through their logic/reasoning, and through their faith which denotes confidence in the information given by another.( Theologians posit that knowledge of God is acquired through divine self-disclosure, e.g., God reveals Himself to
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Theology, as such, is not the categorization of scholarly thought concerning God, but the intelligent contemplation on our religious experience. The theologian, in turn, enunciates the fundamental truth supported in the experience.(Grenz, S. 2000, p. 47) Proponents of this theory are at variance about the nature of the typical characteristics of an encounter. A religious experience can run the gamut from God talking to an individual, to an individual being cognizant of God's existence, or having a miraculous healing. Consequently it is difficult to pigeonhole them with specifics. Nonetheless, what all of these encounters do have in common is that these encounters are exceptionally distinctive from everyday run of the mill experiences.(Richards, Stephen A. 1999, p. 1) God's Self-Revelation All knowledge of God comes by way of revelation. Human knowledge of God is revealed knowledge since God, and God alone, gives it. He bridges the gap between Himself and His creatures, disclosing Himself and His will to them. By God alone can God be known. (Dockery, David. 1991) God's self-revelation is the third method of knowing God. It cannot be absolutely separated from the two previous methods. Theologians who posit this method of knowing god advocate diverse proposals about the position of the divine self-disclosure.