“How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked.Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
To know something, to Jesus, means to experience him. It is not head knowledge alone, it is the very presence of God. For a senior leader of the Jewish people this is a humbling thing to realize. To understand the things of God you need to understand and see the things of Jesus. You can’t experience the Spirit if you already have preconceived notions about God.
When I think God has to work in certain ways in order for him to make sense to me this simply means I bring my bias’s with me and then look for ways God will confirm what I already believe. Or in the case of an atheist, I ignore ways I see the supernatural at work in order to disbelieve.
This is where so many people miss the good news of what Jesus offers. They either look for reasons not to believe or they take what they believe and try to fit God into their preconceived notions. Neither way is good news.
What is an example of humans attributing a teaching to God that is really about their own desire?