So what might “it” be? In this case, “it” is revelation, or to be more precise General Revelation.
This Sunday’s Psalm, which was Psalm 19, got me thinking again about General and Special Revelation.
Special Revelation is God’s word(s) to specific people, e.g. Scripture, burning bushes, etc. General Revelation is God’s word(s) to all people, e.g. nature, stars, etc.
These are interesting theological categories but are they worth talking about in a sermon? Yes they are because some very important things depend on what we think of each of them. If we believe the only way to a relationship with God is through special revelation, particularly Scripture, what do we do with God’s desire that no one perish? (See 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 18:14 for examples). If however, we believe God does want everyone to be in a relationship with God and further don’t believe God would desire the impossible then general revelation has something to say to us.
I understand this can be controversial. I have no interest in controversy for its own sake but I am likewise not about to avoid something simply because not everyone thinks the same way. If you find this interesting or troubling or anything . . . I’d be happy to discuss it further with you. Hit me up in the comments or send me an email and we’ll talk.