Mornings with Brunner - The Existence of God

‘Mornings with Burnner’


I share with you my thoughts on some of my daily readings. These days I read Emil Brunner (Unse Glaube, 1935). I make available these notes because I believe that we have many things to learn from this theologian, even if we disagree at certain points (i.e. the character of revelation, infallibility of Scripture). Enjoy reading!

The existence of God


If somebody asks about God's existence the polite answer is silence, and the proper answer is 'You fool!'
God is not an object of knowledge; we cannot investigate God as we do with people, objects or natural phenomena. God is not from this world, he is not of this world, he is not an object among other objects. That is why, he can not be the object of our knowledge.
We have knowledge only because of him. Everything exists because of him, and the knowledge is possible because he exists. We can ask the question about his existence because he is behind it. People are longing for God because they know that without him there is no meaning in life. They know that there is a God because evil is not the same as good, and right as wrong. When somebody asks a question about evil in the world that person shows signs of faith. The order, beauty, and meaning are not the product of chaos or hazard. That is why, when somebody ask the question 'Does God exist?' that question is a sign of a troubled mind. In our technological world we tend to believe that we are the only ones able to create order and beauty. We do not have to forget that we can do that because we have highly complex brains and bodies. We can do that because we are what we are.
When somebody asks about God's existence that person is not serious about morality. Somebody who respects morality knows that there is a difference between good and evil, between right and wrong. They are distinct. If there is no God, fundamentally all is chaos. The villain and the saint are only products of our imagination. There is a divine order we should respect. We need to respect the voice of our conscience. If there is no God, then our conscience represents only a set of received habits.
Our conscience and heart can tell us that there is a God, but they can not tell us who is he. We and the world cannot reveal God. Who is he? What does he want from us? What is his purpose with us? These questions can not be answered by us. The answer can be given only by him. We can know God only if he chooses to reveal to us. Reason, conscience, nature - they can confess that there is a God, but who is he - that can be told only by him.
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