This quote is from John Piper’s talk th…


This quote is from John Piper’s talk this past weekend, “The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”:

“There is an odd notion that, if we use our minds to grow in our knowledge of God, mystery will diminish and with it a sense of wonder and reverence. I call this notion odd for two reasons. One is that, no matter how many millions of ages I use my mind to know more and more of God’s majesty, his glories will never be in danger of being exhausted. What is not yet known of God by finite creatures will always be limitless. You honor this truth more by shameless growth in the knowledge of God.

And the second reason I find the notion odd that thinking about God and knowing more and more of God jeopardizes our worship of God, is that without knowing him we can’t worship in a way that honors him. God is not honored when people get excited about how little they know of him.

Ignorance of God has never been the ground of true worship. While we don’t know all, and never will know all, we know something, because God has chosen to reveal himself. And he is honored when our worship is based on what he has revealed, not on what he hasn’t.

So don’t be romantic about the benefits of ignorance. Be more enthralled by the God you know, than the God you don’t know.”

I reccomend listening to/reading the whole thing, very helpful stuff.

http://desiringgod.org/blog/posts/john-piper-the-life-of-the-mind-and-the-love-of-god

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