“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:19).
According to much of the world, God (if he even exists) is distant and unknowable. Human reason is the only reliable source of truth, therefore any truth claim of God must be explained away. But Christians claim that God can and has revealed himself in 2 ways:
1) God’s “invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20). Therefore, no one has an excuse for not knowing God. This is often referred to as “natural” or “general” revelation. According to Romans 1, we can know certain things about God by observing the created order.
2) God has revealed himself perfectly in Jesus. God has graciously chosen to reveal himself in human history. He revealed himself in the lives of the patriarchs, in the establishing of his people Israel, and ultimately in the person of Jesus Christ. When Jesus’ disciples asked him to show them the Father, he replied, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Jesus is the Word made flesh (John 1:14-18), and “in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” In other words, if someone wants to know God, look at Jesus. If an unbelieving world wants to see what God is like in Christ, they should be able to look at Christians, or ‘little Christs’ (Acts 11:26).
With this in mind, how can the Church make credible statements about God?