There are many religions in today’s world. Similarly there are various views about God. Some people believe in no God. Some people believe in many God’s. Something I have recently realized is that we as humans associated things with certain words, thoughts and feels. So when I talk about God another person’s understanding of what I am saying may not be the same. For my definition of God and someone else’s definition of God may be very different.
Our relationship with God is highly tied to how we defined God. That being said the God I believe in is infinite and ultimately undefinable. Yet he has given us certain tools so that our narrow human minds can relate to him. For how can I relate to an infinite being I have no concept of?
This is one reason I believe God sent a part of himself to earth. To walk, talk and endure all the things we endure as humans. For we can relate to another human. I believe this is one reason among many that God choose to send a part of himself as Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ was a human. Just like all the rest of us. Yet unlike you and me he was God. He never sinned and he choose to live a humble life on this earth. He eventually gave up is life for us through death.
This brings me to the other tool God has given us to relate to him and interact with him. The Holy Spirit. For me understanding the Holy Spirit is challenging. But ultimately the Holy Spirit is part of God that he gives to us so that we can interact with him and relate to him. It is not something we can see with our eyes. It is a gift you receive when you decide to believe in Jesus and be baptized. It takes time to learn how to exercise and understand the gift. Just like it takes time and effort to love and be in relationship with a human. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit inside us that allows us to interact with God and ultimately follow him.
“Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” John 3:1-15
So to anyone like Nicodemus who thinks this is so confusing, I hear you. Sometimes I am more confused than not. But here is the honest truth, I have never asked Jesus a question in my confusion that he has not answered. It sometimes takes a little time but he always answers. And to all. May we never forget to walk in the spirit so that we never loss our saltiness.