aying a little more concerning man's development, which may perhaps not receive a welcome, I believe, as far as the understanding of God is concerned, that man is only given by the Spirit of God only what he is able to receive at that time.
Man is young in terms of spiritual progress; he is only just growing out of baby stages. To man, 2,000 years seems like a long time, yet it is nothing in God's sight. Man has come a long way, yet he has not come that far from his lowest point of comprehension of the Divine which was essentially non-existent - and there is far more growth to come by comparison.
I understand that God teaches man in the same way that man would teach his own children - stage by stage. In the early days when man set up idols and sacrificed to them, man in general - apart from a few who were positioned by God for the purpose of revealing Himself to wayward man - saw even the One God as only just a little more of an idol. Indeed, man even turned back to his other idols, showing how little he understood of the Supreme Being - the One True God. It should be as clear as day to anyone free from the minds of others that this was an infantile stage.
Man must frame his concept of God according to his ability to comprehend Divinity. Man, when attempting to visualize his God, would take the best qualities in a man and add some super-human attributes - a truly anthropomorphic representation of how his God should be according to himself, God made in the image of man: i.e. a god of lesser gods - the god of the gods - there is no other god like the god to whom all other gods are subservient - you are the superior god of all the gods!
Hi Lastpost ,
After reading your post , and I may be wrong , but curiosity has me wondering, Are you a professor in teaching in school or collage by trade ?
I know that is a silly question to ask .
But your abilities to speak in writing form amazes me .
I am a simple , child like , as simple and common as can be , and curious by nature , But I do respect my elders in the Spirit and always learn from them . Some words I had to look up to know what they mean
You made me think though , after reading this part of your post and could visualize as you explained from a higher perspective of progress of the stages of mankind and their relationship with the Father .
It does makes sense that little children play with toys , and make them idols , to busy themselves with .
Needing something tangible to focus on .
I recall when very young praying so silly , not knowing anything at all about God hardly because my family always believed in God , but lacked the skills and understanding to know any better .
But little children at 6 do not know anything , but usually have little bits and pieces they pick up from others .
But it was, " God your so big and so very far far away " , "If you can hear me ". while laying down for bed at night .
And of course I learned though Acts 17 from the scriptures He was never far away at all , from any of us .
I do believe God seals up holy instruction within us , between Himself and the spirit in you that even our own flesh cannot touch it .
I recall when my sister told me about the salvation of all , I had a hard time at first understanding this , because I saw scriptures that seems to say the opposite
My, how the wrestling back and forth went , I asked Him please help me understand , I cannot do this on my own .
The only thing I knew for sure was and repeated it over and over in , a babe like praise , for some years ,
Was, I don't know how Jesus Christ will save everyone, I just know that He will do a perfect work
Because HE IS GOD ........... . I got to see GOD so much Bigger and in perfect control in my minds eye at last .
I asked many , many questions , what does this mean Lord ?
Specific questions on the Word and He always gave an answer , not the instant I asked , But always though the "light bulb " moments, I like to call them .
It helped to discover in 1 John 2 being the 3 stages
of the little children and the young men and fathers and how they progressed , they grew in strength by His truth and grace ...
…12I am writing to you, little children
, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name's sake.
13I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know Him who has been from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men
, because you have overcome the evil one
I have written to you, children
, because you know the Father
14I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning.
I have written to you, young men, because you are strong
, and the word of God abides in you
, and you have overcome the evil one.
I am a poor writer and have always struggled to be clear and always ask for Gods help in that area.
I wonder if the lesser self is the evil one ?
Because God is fair and everyone is born with it in them , and the need to be born again of the Holy Spirit to have a real and genuine relationship with God Our Father
I say this because Jesus said once , You being evil know how to give good gifts to your children , How much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those whom ask Him ....
I do know that LOVE WILL BE THE ANSWER to everything and has always been , not so much the knowledge that we seek so much now , but Love being so very powerful , that really no words are needed to understand it . I believe the knowing will come instantly , like you already knew ,but was not always certain .