Someone once told me that it is presumptuous for anyone to argue that his point of view on an issue is “what God thinks about it.” However, if we take this premise to its logical end, we can’t know what God thinks about anything at all.
Christianity and Deism
Though many today regard themselves as “Christians,” they might be more adequately described as “Deists.” Deism is the belief that God created the universe but hasn’t revealed himself or his will to mankind. However, as pointed out in a previous article, we can expect an all-loving, merciful, and just God to communicate his thoughts to us in an understandable and trustworthy fashion. He has done this in the Bible and through the person of Jesus Christ, the most faithful “translation” of the will of God in human language.
We Can Know What God Has Revealed
While it’s not possible for us to know what God thinks about everything, we can know what He has revealed. Moses told those who lived under the Old Law that “the secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29). This principle has not changed for those who live under the New Covenant.
Jesus understood this principle. While on the earth, he told his apostles, “You are my friends if you do what I command you. …I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:14-15). Jesus revealed only that which His Father had revealed to Him.
Shortly before his death, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to teach the apostles “all things” and remind them of “everything” he had said to them (John 14:26). Later in the same gospel, Jesus tells the apostles, “When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13). Even the Holy Spirit would reveal only that which he had first heard from Jesus.
God’s Will Revealed by “Words”
Several years later, the apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth, Greece: “’Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.’ For to us God revealed them through the Spirit … not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words” (1 Corinthians 2:9-13, NASB).
It is possible to know what God thinks about certain matters because he has revealed his “thoughts” about them through inspired men who, in turn, who have spoken and written them in “words.” Thus, the question is not whether God has spoken to mankind but rather whether or not we will heed what he has said.