1. In this fundamental knowledge that God is, it is necessarily implied that to some extent men know intuitively what God is, namely,
(a) a Reason in which their mental processes are grounded;
(b) a Power above them upon which they are dependent;
(c) a Perfection which imposes law upon their moral natures;
(d) a Personality which they may recognize in prayer and worship.
In maintaining that we have a rational intuition of God, we by no means imply that a presentative intuition of God is impossible. Such a presentative intuition was perhaps characteristic of unfallen man; it does belong at times to the Christian; it will be the blessing of heaven ( <400508>Matthew 5:8 ? ?the pure in heart...shall see God?; <662204>Revelation 22:4 ? ?they shall see his face?). Men?s experiences of face to face apprehension of God, in danger and guilt, give some reason to believe that a presentative knowledge of God is the normal condition of humanity. But, as this presentative intuition of God is not in our present state universal, we here claim only that all men have a rational in tuition of God.
It is to be remembered, however, that the loss of love to God has greatly obscured even this rational intuition, so that the revelation of nature and the Scriptures is needed to awaken, confirm and enlarge it, and the special work of the Spirit of Christ to make it the knowledge of friendship and communion. Thus from knowing about God, we come to know God
( <431703>John 17:3 ? ?This is life eternal, that they should know thee?; <550112>2 Timothy 1:12 ? ?I know him whom I have believed?).
Plato said, for substance, that there can be o[ti oi=den without something of the aj oi=den . Harris, Philosophical Basis of Theism, 208 ? ?By rational intuition man knows that absolute Being exists; his knowledge of what it is, is progressive with his progressive knowledge of man and of nature.? Hutton, Essays: ?A haunting presence besets man behind and before. He cannot evade it. It gives new meanings to his thoughts, new terror to his sins. It becomes intolerable. He is moved to set up some idol, carved out of his own nature, that will take its place ? a non-moral God who will not disturb his dream of rest. It is a righteous Life and Will, and not the mere idea of righteousness that stirs men so.? Porter, Hum. Int., 661 ? ?The Absolute is a thinking Agent.? The Intuition does not grow
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