The Self-Existence of God

“It is not a cheerful thought that millions of us who live in the land of Bibles, who belong to churches and labor to promote the Christian religion, may yet pass our whole life on this earth without once having thought or tried to think seriously about the being of God.  Few of us have let our hearts gaze in wonder at the I AM, the self-existent Self back of which no creature can think.  Such thoughts are too painful for us.  We prefer to think where it will do more good – about how to build a better mousetrap, for instance, or how to make two blades of grass grow where one grew before.  And for this we are now paying to heavy price in the secularization of our religion and the decay of our inner lives.”

“. . . ‘What bearing does this have of my life?’ he may ask.  ‘What possible meaning can the self-existence of God have for me and others like me in a world such as this and in times such as these?’  To this I reply that, because we are the handiwork of God, it follows that all our problems and their solutions are theological. Some knowledge of what kind of God it is that operates the universe is indispensable to a sound philosophy of life and a sane outlook on the world scene . . . we can never know who or what we are till we know at least something of what God is.  For this reason the self-existence of God is not a wisp of dry doctrine, academic and remote; it is in fact as near as our breath and as practical as the latest surgical technique.”

~ A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, pg. 43 – 44 ~

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