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Tozer on “Thinking rightly about God”

October 15, 2007

The quote below is from A.W. Tozer. I read his book “The knowledge of the Holy” while I was in college.  It was one of those books where at times I had to set it down and take a walk to process it. Seeing as how the blog has been begging for some attention lately, I’m going to make several posts from “The Knowledge of the Holy.” Hope you enjoy.

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.

The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.

For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. This is true not only of the individual Christian, but of the company of Christians that composes the Church. Always the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God, just as her most significant message is what she says about Him or leaves unsaid, for her silence is often more eloquent than her speech. She can never escape the self-disclosure of her witness concerning God.

Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to the question, ”What comes into your mind when you think about God?” we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of that man. Were we able to know exactly what our most influential religious leaders think of God today, we might be able with some precision to foretell where the Church will stand tomorrow.”

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  1. broadwell permalink*
    October 15, 2007 3:03 pm

    Today’s verse of the day is:

    “Therefore you are great, O LORD God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.” (2 Samuel 7:22)

    Great verse to go along with the post.

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