The Finger of God, by Louis A. Dole

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“Two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” – Exodus 31:18

Readings

Exodus 31 · Matthew 23:1-12 · Psalm 25

Sermon

The conception of God as being “without body, parts, or passions” makes Him utterly unknowable. Such expressions as “life force” and “God is spirit” lead to depersonalization and render the concept of God nebulous, indefinite, and without practical meaning.

This attitude is adopted as a result of the thought that to give form and substance to God is to make Him like ourselves, which would be to degrade Him, but this thought is itself without foundation. It is true that God as He is in Himself – the Absolute, the Infinite, and the Eternal – is beyond our comprehension. The finite mind can never compass the Infinite. So it is written, “No man hath seen God at any time,” “There shall no man see me and live,” and in the writings “The Divine is above all thought and is entirely incomprehensible to angels.” But God is nevertheless a Person. We should not think of the physical body as the thing that makes a man. The body is but the expression in matter of the powers and faculties of the soul, which is the man. And we are not left in darkness as to the Person of God, for God has accommodated the revelation of Himself to our need, and gives the assurance “Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

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