Grand Canyon University: HTH -359
May 31, 2015
Humankind has throughout history asked the same questions including: Who am I? For What purpose am I here? How did I get here? Is there more to the universe than what I can see and experience? Differing worldviews will ask and answer variations of these questions. As Christians we take the questions further and seek to know and understand the God that created us and how He reveals Himself to us as well as what He has revealed about Himself. Revelation is the Christian notion that “God chooses to be known” (McGrath, 2011, p. 152), it is the “unveiling or uncovering of who God is, who we are as human beings, and how God interacts with and in our world” (Lecture 2, GCU). This essay will discuss general and special revelation as well as two scholarly viewpoints and how general revelation influences world religion.
Scottish theologian Hugh Ross Mackintosh says “A religious knowledge of God, wherever existing, comes by revelation; otherwise we should be committed to the incredible position that a man can know God without His willing to be known” (McGrath, 2011, p. 152). General Revelation is the knowledge of God’s existence through creation and our built-in morality. The picture of God painted in creation and the world around us is the natural revelation of God. Examples are found everywhere from the tiny ant carrying multiple times it’s weight to the beauty of a sunset or the intricacy of the ecosystem. The Apostle Paul wrote that “God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20, NIV). Miguel Luna PH.D points to Psalm 19 authored by David which he says offers a view of the universe that is more than an object of study and while not divine is incomprehensible without God (Luna, 2008, p. 63). According to David nature displays knowledge of God (Psalm 19: 2).General Revelation is sufficient for the...