Most conflicts over God whether they be Nations, Churches, or Individuals come down to the god of our UNDERSTANDING. How many disputes come down to a dispute over your Understanding of god, the God mind you who says quite clearly is Beyond Understanding.
un·der·stand·ing Noun: a mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation: My understanding of the word does not agree with yours.* *(see Webster)
I understand the desire to learn about God I have a great passion for study, and rare is the day you do not see a new book in my kindle or on my coffee table. What I am talking about is how we take what we have learned, god as we Understand god to be. Then make it something to be defended and debated, or worse the basis for judgment of others who have a different God of their Understanding.
In the time of Christ every city had at least one Temple to The god of Their Understanding. They had much invested in these gods of their Understanding and spared no experience to show their devotion.
What I believe made Jesus Christ and His disciples unique is that they shared The God of Their Experience, and brought that experience with God’s presence and words where ever they went. They literally challenged the gods of people’s Understanding not with a competing a Temple and Priesthood, but rather a movement based in Spirit.* *(see Book of Acts)
A very wise Pastor* *(see Bob) once told me that a man’s spirit always desires that which is higher spiritually, that spirit always takes you higher and deeper. So these people who merely had a god or gods of their Understanding where spiritually starving to death. The One True God looked upon this with understanding and mercy,* *(see Romans 2) also seeing that His Temple and Priests did no better with the god of their Understanding.* *(see Acts 15)
Ok so lets fast forward to the state of this movement of the Spirit of God today, and what do we see? We see a Church divided not by how much we love and care, but rather divisions over the dod of our UNDERSTANDING, UNDERSTANDING has become our god, little g intended.
So in an age where information can’t be controlled and the capacity to understand is available to more and more people.* *(see Google et all) In fact this age has made all mere Understandings of god equal players on the field of the mind, and followers of Jesus just another debate team.
Drive around any town in America and you see Temples again built for the god of their Understanding. I will add though that this is far superior to many places around the world where only one god of Understanding is allowed. * *(see Saudi Arabia et all)
We must move beyond the god of our Understanding if we are going to move beyond the place where Rome was, before it was conquered Spiritually by The God of Jesus , where the experience of Love ruled and God was known Beyond mere Understanding.
We are starving, I am starving, and the god of our UNDERSTANDING will no longer do. The next move of the One True God’s Spirit must and has to be BEYOND Mere UNDERSTANDING!