Now I'm sure everyone's received the email about a professor and student arguing about God. Basically, an atheist professor is questioned by a Christian student about the existence of God. It ends with the teacher saying that God doesn't exist because he can't see Him so the student points out that no one has ever seen the teacher's brain and stating that some things we just have to accept on faith.
Now, I was totally with the student until he asked if anyone has heard, felt, touched or smelt the professor's brain. My cynical thought was: But doctors can!
Then it hit me. We don't on a day to day basis see, hear, feel or smell our brains, yet it's what, in a way, controls every aspect of our life. It can define who we are...and the only people who "experience" the human brain on any regular basis is doctors...with special equipment. Even THEY, who have been schooled for years upon years and are trusted daily with people's lives, don't have a clue as to how it works...
Isn't this like God?
The only way we can truly hear, feel, touch, smell and see God is through using the instruments He's given us. We can daily hear His Word through the Bible...we can touch God by touching those in need around us (Matthew 25:31-46)...we can smell Him in a rose...and we can see God by taking the time to look around us and view creation.
He's given us all we need to experience Him and yet I feel we still have no clue as to who He is...He is love, He is forgiving, gracious, awesome, beautiful, worthy of praise...we can note His qualities, but it seems that once we think we have Him figured out, He reveals something new.
On a tangent, my pastor explained knowing God through Revelation 4: 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 11 "You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created." It's as if everytime they look up God reveals something new. His example was as if God was wearing a robe and let them peak each time they gaze at Him.
Once we have God in a box, He's no longer God.
Of course, our brains and God will keep working, whether we want to figure them out or not...they'll keep telling us what's good, what's healthy, what's safe - but it's our choice to listen...it's our choice to hear, feel, touch, smell and see...