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Monday, November 02, 2020

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And now, directly from Jerusalem, we bring you the following:

"If you really knew me, you would know my Father(God)as well. From now on, you do know him (God). You've even seen him!"

Philip said, "Master, show us the Father (God); then we'll be content."
"You've been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don't understand? To see me is to see the Father (God)."

And: "And He is the radiance of His (God's) glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."

I don't want to sound all fundamentalist, because I'm not a fundie; but those statements above are rather - bold? :-)
If they are true - if Jesus really was not lying or deluded - then 'God' is not unknowable. Athens has come up with its own (still debated) definition of the concept 'God'; but to the extent it ignores the above, I suspect it as being misguided.

The existence of a thing can always be understood to be its identity, however thin that conceptualization is.

I always wish that Paul had addressed this question. He debated with the philosophers in Athens (although I'm not sure he talked with any Platonists). He was also extremely well-educated so I'm sure he was aware of Greek philosophy. But his writings, or at least the ones we have, just aren't concerned with this issue. Either he wasn't aware of the problem, or he didn't think it was a problem. I find it interesting how first century Christians, who were Jews like Paul, just embraced the deity of Christ but didn't really offer any justification for how that was supposed to jive with the Jewish monotheism.

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