Isaiah 55: We Are Not on Top
I think that Isaiah 55 has one of the least popular Bible passages in history in it. Nobody will say that it is their least favorite passage, but in our secular, self-worshiping society, I think it is implicit that we don’t like this concept.
Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
We are a culture that wants to know things. We like to pursue knowledge, and we want to learn everything. On some level though, we are never going to be able to know everything. This certainly doesn’t mean that we stop pursuing knowledge. We should research, and we should learn everything we can about this universe. I don’t want any of this to sound like a learning is in and of itself a futile exercise.
However, God’s mind is indeed beyond the known universe. We cannot scientifically understand something such as that. To be honest, we can even entirely comprehend the human mind yet, so it is hardly even worth considering something that goes beyond the bounds of where science is even valid.
Let me put it this way. We live in the universe that has regularities. There are certain things that we know will happen in our universe because honestly that is the way it is. Gravity works, and we have laws that describe how gravity works. We can study that through the scientific method, and we have studied that quite a bit over the years.
God, as defined by the Bible, is beyond the universe. He is greater than the universe, and He is consequently beyond the universe. As a result, we don’t know if the regularities we observe within the universe apply outside. Perhaps they do, but perhaps they don’t.
As a result, we come back to the verses I mentioned. We can’t know everything because the thoughts of God are not our own thoughts. He has a different perspective, and we really are not in a position to know what an infinite God is thinking. It is basically like comparing apples and oranges. We have this universe that we are trying to comprehend with our finite minds, and we are making progress. However, we will never fully be able to comprehend the infinite God, and that definitely irritates people. It proposes that there is something beyond human comprehension and we are not the top of all the universe as we often times want to be. From a naturalistic worldview, this is incredibly difficult to accept.