How do you know God

How can I know God today?

Let us never forget that the initiative of God always precedes the initiative of man; and on the way to him it is first of all he who enlightens us, gives us orientation and guides us, whereby he, which is very important, always respects our freedom. He also lets us enter into intimacy with him by revealing himself and giving us the grace to accept this revelation in faith. Nor should we share the experience of St. Augustine forgot: We do not have the truth after we have sought it, but the truth owns us.

Yet there are ways that can open the human heart to the knowledge of God, there are signs that lead to God. Certainly, because he loves us, we run the risk of being blinded by the gleaming appearance of the worldly, which prevents us from treading these paths or interpreting these signs. However, God never tires of looking for us; he is loyal to the person he created and redeemed and he remains close to our lives.

Today we are often surrounded by atheism, skepticism, indifference to the vertical dimension, i.e. God, in everyday life. So what answers should faith give humbly and reverently? A challenge to Christians today. Three aspects are summarized here: the world, man and faith.

The first: the world.

At St. Augustine, who searched for the truth for a long time in his life and was moved by the truth, has a famous passage in which he says: “Ask the beauty of the earth, ask the beauty of the sea, ask the beauty of the air, the expanding and spreading, ask the beauty of heaven, ask all these things. They all answer you: Look ... how beautiful we are! Your beauty is an avowal. Who did these changing things if not the beautiful one who is not changing? I think we have to regain the ability to contemplate creation, its beauty, its structure, and let it regain human beings today.

The world is not a misshapen mass, but the more we get to know it and the more we discover its wonderful connections, the more we recognize a plan, we see that there is a creative intelligence. Albert Einstein said that natural law reveals "such a superior reason that all meaningful human thought and arrangement, on the other hand, is a completely void reflection" (Mein Weltbild, 1965, Frankfurt).

A first way that leads to the discovery of God is to contemplate creation with attentive eyes.

The second word: man.

St. Augustine also has a famous word in which he says that God himself is more inward to me than I am to myself. That is why he formulates the invitation: 'Do not go out of yourself, but go into yourself: the truth dwells in the inner person'. This is another aspect that threatens to get lost in the noisy world with all its distractions in which we live: the ability to pause and look deeply into ourselves and to recognize that longing for infinity that we carry within us urges us to go beyond ourselves and point to whoever can still it. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: 'With his openness to truth and beauty, with his sense of the moral good, with his freedom and the voice of his conscience, with his desire for infinity and happiness, man asks about the existence of God' .

The third word: belief.

Above all in the reality of our time, we must not forget that one way that leads to the knowledge of God and to an encounter with him is the life of faith. Whoever believes is united with God, is open to his grace, to the power of love. So through his existence he testifies not to himself but to the risen One, and his faith is not afraid to show itself in daily life, is open to dialogue that expresses deep friendship for the path of every person and the need for Salvation, for bliss, for the future to shine lights and hope. Because faith is an encounter with God, who speaks and works in history, converts our daily life by transforming our thinking, our value judgments, our decisions and our concrete actions. It is not an illusion, an escape from reality, a comfortable retreat, sentimentality, but it involves the whole of life and is the proclamation of the Gospel, good news that can set the whole person free. A Christian, a community who are actively committed and loyal to the plan of God, who first loved us, represent a royal road for those who are indifferent to or doubt his existence and his work.

However, this requires everyone to let their own testimony shine through more and more and to purify their own lives in order to be made like Christ. Today many have a limited understanding of the Christian faith because they equate it with a pure system of beliefs and values ​​and not so much with the truth of a God who has revealed himself in history and asks to communicate with man personally, in a love affair with him. In reality, every teaching and every value is based on the event of the encounter between man and God in Jesus Christ. Christianity is not primarily a morality or an ethic, but an event of love, the acceptance of the person of Jesus. Therefore the Christian cannot help but let the Christian communities look to Christ: to the true path that leads to God, to perfect and highest love.

Rev. Georg