“The Mind Of God”

So what do you think? Is it possible to have “The Mind Of God”? That is to say, is it possible to know what God is thinking about things in order to guide your life with what’s right and wrong, what’s true and what’s not?

In a way this does sound very mysterious, beyond the natural, something that only very special people under very special circumstances may possess. That seems to have been the Old Testament way for people such as Moses and the Prophets.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NRSV)

Yet I believe that it is possible to know, at least in part, the mind of God.

Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:20-21 (NRSV)

There has been a good deal of words shared lately concerning current books and movies, whether to see them or not, whether they are disrespectful to God or not.

This has led me to ponder this question: “How can two Christians claim to have the mind of God concerning an issue while holding opposite views?” It’s a question that can only be answered, I believe, by listening to Real Life Jesus.

Although I truly did not intend to mention any movies or books by name in this post, I have to admit that recently I had dinner with friends, and our hostess had a copy of “The Shack” on a living room table. I caught myself thinking, “So you can put out a copy of that book, but not a copy of the Bible, God’s Holy Word?” I’m not sharing this in any way to make a statement of being “for”or “against” that book. I’m sharing this to point out my own wrong thinking in a moment when I feel I definitely did NOT have the mind of God.

14 thoughts on ““The Mind Of God”

  1. Can we ever possess the mind of God? Certainly not. Understanding God’s sovereignty, that He is ALL-knowing, it is, essentially, impossible. However, we can pray for discernment, we can ask for wisdom. We can aim to love what God loves. We can study God’s Word and gain understanding. Ultimately, there has to be a *right* answer…right…to any question. God doesn’t simply shrug His shoulders and say, “whatever”. I’m saying a lot of things….hopefully that ramble made some sense lol

    Love your comics. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Yup, John, there’s well-meaning Christians on both sides of this “The Shack” controversy. I don’t claim to know the mind of God on a lot of issues that aren’t spelled out specifically in Scripture but my argument would be this; Jesus and the writers of the epistles all warned against teaching that was contrary to Scripture. I don’t get worked up about a woman portraying God the Father in “The Shack.” To me, that’s a secondary problem. The main problem with “The Shack” is its support of universalism. From Al Mohler’s review:

    “The most controversial aspects of The Shack‘s message have revolved around questions of universalism, universal redemption, and ultimate reconciliation. Jesus tells Mack: “Those who love me come from every system that exists. They were Buddhists or Mormons, Baptists or Muslims, Democrats, Republicans and many who don’t vote or are not part of any Sunday morning or religious institutions.” Jesus adds, “I have no desire to make them Christian, but I do want to join them in their transformation into sons and daughters of my Papa, into my brothers and sisters, my Beloved.” Mack then asks the obvious question — do all roads lead to Christ? Jesus responds, “Most roads don’t lead anywhere. What it does mean is that I will travel any road to find you.”
    http://www.albertmohler.com/2017/03/06/shack-missing-art-evangelical-discernment/

    The Shack’s support of universalism is opposed to Scripture. Some well-meaning Christians say, Relax, it’s only fiction, but obviously many readers will embrace or have embraced Young’s universalist approach. Did Jesus teach universalism? Did Paul? That this controversy even exists is a sad commentary on the current state of the church.

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    1. Thanks, Tom. I don’t want to “give away” tomorrow’s comic strip early, but I will say that for me there are some things that should not be compromised like when Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.”

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      1. Yeah, John. The secondary denominational differences; you just let that stuff go. But when they start coming after the Gospel, that’s when it’s time to speak up!

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  3. I believe the Holy Spirit works on every heart in the world and always has. I think millions of people will go to heaven who have never heard of God the Father, Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Paul says as much in the verse below. God is able, in one’s conscience or heart, to write his laws.

    “Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them. This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.” Romans 2:14-16

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    1. Belle, it’s so interesting that you mention “every heart in the whole world” because I came across an incredible video last night that really speaks to me much better than any words I could put together about that very topic: “God and every heart in the whole world.” Here is the link if you’d like to give it a view. It’s done by Matt Harding who has travelled around the world and danced with people. Maybe this will speak to your heart as well. https://youtu.be/fvdivB5kTUU

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  4. I will say that I read it and saw the movie this weekend. I used to worry what was ok and what was not. My mentor suggested to think that anything seen or read through a pure heart is not a bad thing. Just remember that God’s Word is the Truth. I kinda liked that idea. And pointing fingers or judging – I think – is probably not good. But what do I know? 😦 ❤

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  5. Hi,
    First, thanks so much for liking today’s post. I appreciate it.
    With regard to your post (I think…? I may be approaching it from the wrong angle), I’ve been listening to TD Jakes, Noel Jones, and Darrell Scott since 2014 (when my life unraveled) because they unceasingly convict me of something or speak to the situation I’m in.
    Before I got rid of cable in 2015, I occasionally watched Kerry Shook and some other folks on TBN.
    Several weeks ago, I remembered Kerry Shook existed, so I looked him up on YouTube. A day later, as I did Pilates, alllll of the Kerry Shook videos in the “up next” queue mysteriously changed to John K. Jenkins videos, and he has been nailing my current situation ever since. As he said, “Some of y’all need to understand God has sent a prophet to talk to you, but you ain’t listenin’. …For some of y’all, my name is Gad. I come here today to tell you what you need to do to get out of the situation you’re in.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48hwjm3DOl0)
    He’s right. As one minor-yet-important-to-me-being-able-to-afford-food example, in a video I watched last Thursday re: “supernatural debt relief,” he suggested selling some things and said something a la “something in your house is worth more than you think.” I took my mom’s ruby jewelry to a pawn shop on Saturday, and the guy gave me $335. I was expecting 50. Sunday, I sold my recumbent bike for more than what most people reap for workout equipment.
    Sooo long story short, I feel like I know what God is thinking about things in my life simply by listening to the people he puts IN my life.

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    1. Yes, that particular comic strip is the first of three that sort of make a small series. I do think that we can know much of what God wants us to know, though there are things which we will not fully comprehend in this life. For me, the best ways to know what God thinks is to read His Word, the Bible, and to know His Word, Jesus. Though there are times when it’s difficult to see clearly, particularly with decisions that we have to make. In those instances, the advice of a good friend who knows you is good to take into consideration. Hopefully we each have someone IN our lives, as you said, who we knows us (and our weaknesses and the ways in which we are shortsighted) and can offer us friendly advice and guidance. Thanks for your comment!

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