Plain words


"Things which are hidden belong to the LORD our God. But the things that have been revealed belong to us and our children forever, so that we can observe all the words of this Torah.” Deut. 29:28

From a biblical standpoint, there are both “secret things” and “revealed things,” the latter being things that are subject to human understanding, the former being things that are not. There are many things that God has not chosen to reveal to us, these are the “secret things”, and it is foolish speculation to venture there. For God being Holy, or “other,” does not limit himself to either our human language, or our human understanding. On the other hand, when human tradition or analysis attempts a futile systemization of God, we are bound to get it wrong, especially when our ways of thinking about God contradict or depart from what we has already clearly “revealed” about himself. Hence, we cannot put those things in the category of “hidden”, “secret” or even “mysterious” when the matter of confusion is a result of human tampering (e.g. latter doctrinal developments). It can be very hard for us who have been conditioned to thinking in a certain pattern for so long to rethink some of these things and understand that the biblical revelation of God was never meant to be metaphysical or philosophical. Rather, the Torah was God’s plain revelation of himself given in intelligible speech for us to “teach diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deut. 6:7

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