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If what we “know” is actually not true, can we really be said to know?
Jesus was asked which commandment in the law is greatest. He answered by gathering all God’s commands into two. The first is, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). The second is, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39). The one greatest command in Scripture is to love God supremely in all, or with all our heart, soul, and mind.
What does it mean to love God with all your mind? All the mind comprehends knowledge, will, and thought. To love God with our knowledge at least means we must have true knowledge of Him and think true thoughts about Him. We cannot rightly love God with all our mind while conceiving and keeping false thoughts about Him. Loving God with all our mind is not only about knowing true things about God, but it is never less than that.
God’s one great command requires that we know Him truly. To harbor false conceptions of God is to worship a false god and commit blasphemous idolatry (Exodus 20:2-7). The Bible provides us with example and warning of false thoughts about God.
Beware of False, Failing Thoughts About God
- The fool thinks there is no God (Psalm 14:1; 53:1). He makes man the highest being and survival-of-the-fittest is his ethos. The fool thinks that whatever he has the power to do, he can do. There is no fearful looking for judgment with him, because there is no one to judge.
- The rich, worldly man doesn’t think of God (James 4:13-17). God may be there, or He may not be there to the worldly minded. It doesn’t matter to him, because he takes no account of God in his daily life.
- Pharaoh thinks God has no right or authority over him (Exodus 5:2). He judges the truth of God’s claims and can receive or refuse at his own discretion. He is deluded into thinking he can mediate his own reality. He was postmodern before it was cool. The man-on-the-street way of saying it is, “That may be true or right for you, but it is not true for me.”
- The wicked think that God is like them or like a man (Psalm 50:16-23). God may object to their thoughts and ways, but He can do nothing but thunder in the distance. If He objected to them, He should have spoken or forever hold His peace.
- Nebuchadnezzar thought that God was beside him (Daniel 4:29-37). He thought he could make his own way and maybe even that God owed him prosperity. He was an early prosperity preacher who made God a means to an end in order to get a little more comfort during his vaporous appearance on earth.
- False professors think God is their imaginary god (Matthew 7:21-23). They live their lives using God’s name, but they have actually put God’s name on the craft of their own minds and ultimately do not know Him at all.
True knowledge of God does not start in our minds, or proceed from our minds. God can only be known through revelation (Matthew 11:25-27; 16:16-17). God has revealed himself in His Word and we must have renewed minds in order to know Him (Colossians 3:10).