Tangibility, interaction, communicability, these are all things that we ascribe to having viable relationships with other people and living things, right? We are beings that really only know how to have physically tangible relationships that are based upon an understanding of a physical kind.
All of the social technology that has been produced, such as the Internet and our Smartphones, is simply providing a medium to still have a physical transmission of information between living beings. It seems to me that the hallmark of calling something a relationship is to know with a great measure of certainty that we are interacting with other living beings within reality.
Can we apply this kind of principled understanding of relationality to God? Is there something going on between undetectable invisible beings and human beings? My most honest top-tier answer is that I simply do not know. If something truly tangible and relational is going on between a God and other human beings, I feel as if I’m just not in the loop. I have no way of discerning in the present whether the Bible’s God actually exists and interacts within my reality.
I say this after ten previous years of being convinced otherwise, but what convinced me in the past is something I have realized is entirely unhelpful within a quest for tangible knowledge and data that can be gleaned about this. I want to speak from a place of confidence and my confidence, I have learned, ought to be in proportion to what I can know with a great measure of certainty. I view this as a place to focus one’s integrity when speaking about matters of religion.
Pressing forward and insisting that Jesus is God without tangible access to a kind of relationship that we otherwise enjoy with other living beings, it seems to me, is not something that can be done with viable knowledge on our side. Those interested in the truth really ought to seek viability with regard to their most cherished faith claims.
Are we talking about a relationship with God that is real, discernable, and able to stand the test of scrutiny? What happens when we fail to find ways to demonstrate the source of a claim? Quite literally what occurs is what I describe as psychological blindness. If we lose the capacity to connect an idea with the actual world then we are left ever speculating and guessing. Does this reflect purity of truth? Does this give us reason to rest upon the claims of a particular religion? I think not.
As uncomfortable as restless uncertainty may be with regard to the question of God, it may actually be the most appropriate response in light of the human struggle to connect spiritual claims with reality.