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Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8 - Contents
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    Chapter 44—A False and a True Knowledge of God

    Speculative Theories

    “Those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever;” but “the secret things belong unto the Lord our God.” Deuteronomy 29:29. The revelation of Himself that God has given in His word is for our study. This we may seek to understand. But beyond this we are not to penetrate. The highest intellect may tax itself until it is wearied out in conjectures regarding the nature of God; but the effort will be fruitless. This problem has not been given us to solve. No human mind can comprehend God. Let not finite man attempt to interpret Him. Let none indulge in speculation regarding His nature. Here silence is eloquence. The Omniscient One is above discussion.8T 279.1

    Even the angels were not permitted to share the counsels between the Father and the Son when the plan of salvation was laid. Those human beings who seek to intrude into the secrets of the Most High show their ignorance of spiritual and eternal things. Far better might they, while mercy's voice is still heard, humble themselves in the dust and plead with God to teach them His ways.8T 279.2

    We are as ignorant of God as little children, but as little children we may love and obey Him. Instead of speculating in regard to His nature or His prerogatives, let us give heed to the word He has spoken: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10.8T 279.3

    “Canst thou by searching find out God?
    Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
    It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do?
    Deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
    The measure thereof is longer than the earth,
    And broader than the sea.” Job 11:7-9.
    8T 279.4

    “Where shall wisdom be found?
    And where is the place of understanding?
    Man knoweth not the price thereof;
    Neither is it found in the land of the living.
    The depth saith, It is not in me:
    And the sea saith, It is not with me.
    It cannot be gotten for gold,
    Neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
    It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir,
    With the precious onyx or the sapphire.
    The gold and the crystal cannot equal it,
    And the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
    No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls:
    For the price of wisdom is above rubies.
    The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it,
    Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
    Whence then cometh wisdom?
    And where is the place of understanding? ...
    Destruction and death say,
    We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
    God understandeth the way thereof,
    And He knoweth the place thereof.
    8T 280.1

    “For He looketh to the ends of the earth,
    And seeth under the whole heaven....
    When He made a decree for the rain,
    And a way for the lightning of the thunder:
    Then did He see it, and declare it;
    He prepared it, yea, and searched it out. And unto man He said,
    Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
    And to depart from evil is understanding.” Job 28:12-28.
    8T 280.2

    Neither by searching the recesses of the earth nor in vain endeavors to penetrate the mysteries of God's being is wisdom found. It is found, rather, in humbly receiving the revelation that He has been pleased to give, and in conforming the life to His will.8T 280.3

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