Quote for the Day

If I were to say ‘I know God’, I would be a liar. God is beyond comprehension. Better to be silent and live in humility. If I were to say, ‘I do not know God’, I would also be a liar.

— Jean-Yves Leloup, Being Still: Reflections on an
Ancient Mystical Tradition

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  • http://www.philfosterlpc.com phil foster

    Yep – that’s it, all right.

  • http://naqsh.org/ned/ ned

    Perfectly and succinctly put. Welcome to the human condition. ;-)

  • judith collier

    I hate those tricky little ditties! Doesn’t it say in the bible that we know in part? Maybe we can’t comprehend with our minds but when God manifests Himself we do get a bit of understanding about Him. And didn’t Jesus say “if you see me you see the Father”. These aren’t statements, mind you, these are questions. So, I think I just answered my own questions. We do and we don’t. I guess she is right. judy

  • Peter

    Ummm, the catechism says knowing and enjoying God forever is the chief end of life.

    Jesus said that knowing the Father (and the Son he sent) is eternal life.

    Tozer said (loosely paraphrased) that this kind of knowledge has the crazy quality that it is totally, deeply satisfying and at the same time it makes you starving hungry and thirsty (for more of the same). Kind of like True Love, right?

    So how can those of us who have “met God” in any meaningful way say that we do not know Him? And how can we even imagine or formulate the concept of knowing Him completely?

    This ‘tricky little ditty’ is (intentionally, I suspect) mentally insoluble; but the sooner we get the ‘idea’ (or spiritual insight/revelation) that it is not primarily with our mind that we come to know God, the sooner we can get on with the chief business of life, knowing Him and enjoying Him with our inner-spiritual knower!


  • http://naqsh.org/ned/ ned

    My interpretation of this quote is that basically it is not that God is unknowable, but that He is unknowable from the limited perspective of the human mind. The human mind catches glimpses of Him at best, and clutches at shadows of His Infinite Light and Wisdom, but that is about it. So even those of us who have had profound mystical experiences often find ourselves groping in the dark — kind of like, now you see it, now you don’t! — as the Divine plays this game of hide-and-seek with us. And that’s the human condition — too limited at present to bear the full glory of God. So until we consent to be transformed integrally, this hide-and-seek game will continue and we’ll catch glimpses of God and be plunged into darkness in between, both seeing Him, and yet realizing how little we actually know of His Will.

    As the Mother put it, only the purest in soul will be able to walk in Light.