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The Attributes of God: Language About God (The Reasons to Believe #92)

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Our Reasons to Believe passage from the Word of God today is Isaiah 50:4. It reads, "The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned."

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from J.C. Ryle. He said, "I feel no hesitation in avowing, that I believe in the plenary inspiration of every word of the original text of Holy Scripture. I hold not only that the Bible contains the Word of God, but that every jot of it was written, or brought together, by Divine inspiration, and is the Word of God."

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Attributes of God" part 10 from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:

Language About God

If God is a mystery, then how can we speak of God? If God is so mysterious, how can language, which fundamentally refers to the world of our familiar experience, ever properly be used of him? This is a fair question, but not a hopelessly unanswerable one, as some have thought. For it is the legitimacy of certain questions about the experienced world that allows us to think in a systematic way about God. God is the answer to these questions. He is the cause of these phenomena. And by meditating on his effects we can know something of their cause, shed some light on God Himself --- even though it be only a pinpoint of light.

Something similar happens in science. For example, physicists notice certain regularly occurring effects and give a name to what produces them. They have no direct observation of the causes they name, and in fact they know that some of them cannot ever be observed...