Religion and Revelation. Summary Notes. The word revelation in ordinary English is used to mean the ‘realisation of something which was previously unknown’. In this sense, God. Revelation is communication from God to humans .
The word revelation in ordinary English is used to mean the ‘realisation of something which was previously unknown’. In this sense, God.
Revelation is communication from God to humans.
It can be in many forms. In Christianity, examples of revelation are:
Individuals: Jesus, his life and teachings
Scriptures: the Bible
Nature: the world around us and use of reason
Religious faith is accepting these revelations and acting on them
Hugh Mackintosh: “All religious knowledge of God comes by revelation. If this was not the case then we would be committed to the belief that human beings can know God without God ever having revealed Himself.” We wouldn’t know about God if he hadn’t let himself be known – as there are religions, He must be letting himself be known.
Significant experience affects whole life
Different types of revelation ‘add up’ to reinforce belief
Sharing experiences with others also reinforce belief
Often a long tradition of revelation dating back to start of the religion
Christianity is a religion of revelation
God is outwith our realm of senses, and as such cannot be ‘known’
Because God is separate, different, and ultimate, humans can never understand God
Ideas of God through revelation are only human descriptions = insufficient
Ideas of God through revelation are interpreted = our ideas of God = inaccurateStrengths and Weaknesses