knowing god is not.
Augustine: “If you comprehend it, it is not God.”
Aquinas: “Since we cannot know what God is, but only what God is not, we cannot consider how God is but only how He is not.”
Rabbi Kushner: Literally [God] means nothing. But with a capital N.
Richard Rohr: “We can only come to know God as we let go of our ideas about God, and as what is not God is stripped away.”
If we come back to that birthing creation story, those humans sought more knowledge because their awareness of what already was, was not enough.
They had enough experience. They were walking with God. But they didn’t think they had enough knowledge, and so they reached for more, and when we reach for more, it takes what we have.
Isn’t the point then, when we talk about “returning to the garden” to get back to what is true? To strip away? To remove? To realize?
As they say, the more you think you know, the less you know, and the less you think you know, the more you know.
Because knowing blocks knowing.
Not knowing anything, is the most amazing way to know everything.
Not knowing is where evolution happens. Being uncertain is where truth is found. Admitting stupidity is where learning happens. Humility is the only place we can open ourselves up enough to receive. Realizing some of our fish friends are dying in the poisoned water is the only way we can adapt.
And we are most free to not know because we realize we are enough. Suddenly, everything is alright. Knowing is free to become what it is supposed to be... not a way to get there, but a way to realize.
I honestly think that everyone should be an agnostic of some kind or another. And I mean that. The only thing I know is that I don’t need to know anything in order to be loved by this God of love.
And then I can start to change in freedom.