(Discovering Truth cont’d)

(Discovering Truth cont’d)

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wheat-field-21B: Let me explain a bit more: in spiritual things, we are relatively blind.  Meaning, it’s not as easy to see and understand spiritual things as it is physical things.  It’s as though we have a bunch of things blocking our spiritual vision, like how cobwebs, mucus, visual impairment, and the like might block our physical vision.  But the more spiritual experiences we have, the more our spiritual vision is cleared, and the spiritual scene becomes more crystal clear.  For instance, I have had enough spiritual experiences – who knows, perhaps thousands by now – that my knowledge of God and other spiritual things is now considerably more advanced than it was when I was a mere child, when I was first taught about such things by my parents and others, so that I can “see” things as they are in the eternal, spiritual sense much more clearly.  It’s not that I’m more spiritually “talented” than others, or that God loves me more – it’s simply that I’ve been going at it for a fairly long time now.  A spiritual “noob” can’t expect to have loads of spiritual knowledge come to him immediately.  On the other hand, it doesn’t necessarily have to take as long as it did for me, or for anyone else, or even come in the same order: God gives us spiritual knowledge according to our needs and desires at any time.

Through the Spirit you can/may know the truth of all things.  But remember God doesn’t necessarily give everything to us just for our asking.  And since He won’t impose His will on us, then if you want to learn truth, be prepared to make an honest, sincere effort to find it out from God.

A: Wonderful.  Every dinky little truth comes at the cost of some arduous work.  I think I’m good as is, thank you.

B: I would hardly describe an eternal truth as “dinky.”  The knowledge of eternal truth can shape our entire lives, not only the one we’re living now, but any that follow thereafter, making it worthy of every effort made to obtain it.  But I should also mention that sometimes God will reveal truth to us when all we do is ask.

A: Make up your mind!

B: You have to remember that God is an intelligent being, not a machine.  He’s not like an ATM of truth, where we can just go to Him every time we need some truth, mindlessly perform some token ritual, and He spits out however much truth we’ve ordered.  Being omniscient, He knows our thoughts, desires, and needs.  He knows what will help us most, even better than we ourselves do – He knows how to give us good gifts.  A gift that doesn’t help us isn’t a good gift.  If He decides that we’re better off without certain truth and knowledge for the time being, He’ll withhold it from us.  Otherwise, He’ll give it to us – unless we don’t want it, in which case He won’t, since He respects our agency.

But the Spirit isn’t just for revelation of truth.  God also comforts us through His Spirit.  If we are depressed or despairing, discouraged or directionless, apathetic or afraid, weak or wishy-washy, lost, lackadaisical, or lackluster – my goodness, check out all those awesome alliterations – in any of these situations and so much more, we can call on God for help and He can send us His Spirit to feel that peaceful feeling I mentioned before.  And by the way: it’s not as if we can’t call on God even when we’re feeling good, either.  Why not call on Him when things are going great, as you might an old friend?  What better friend could one have than God?

The Spirit is, literally, God’s presence.  When we feel His Spirit, we thus feel God’s presence, and at that moment, we are more united with Him.  As God is omniscient, He can tell us anything He wants to share with us – that we’re “ready” for, as I’ve described before.  If you ever have any question, whether deep or pressing or seemingly insignificant, you can go to Him and He can help you understand, all through the incomprehensible gift of the Spirit.  One could even get to the point where he would seek to have the Spirit as a constant guide – indeed, this is the point at which God would like us to be, but because of our own unwillingness and His respect for our agency, He won’t force the Spirit upon us; this privilege comes only if we show Him (or rather, if we show ourselves, as He already knows) that we really want Him.

Considering that last fact, that the Spirit could be our guide throughout life, always telling us what things we should do to enjoy God’s happiness, helping us through hard times and rejoicing with us in the good – wouldn’t this gift be the most desirable that a person could have?  What could possibly be better, in this life anyway?

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