Over the last several posts, I neglected to review and summarize my seminary class notes, which is supposed to be a part of this series on theology. When I first introduced “Divine Revelation” last week, I forgot to open my notes and look at them until today.
So here is a summary of the class notes on General Revelation. Tomorrow I will post the class notes on Special Revelation.
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General Revelation is accessible and available to all. It comes from God in various forms:
The World of Nature
It can tell us about the existence of God, including His power, greatness, supremacy, wisdom, and goodness (cf. Psa 19:1-4; Rom 1:18-28).
However, it does not contain adequate information to tell us about how to gain eternal life (cf. Acts 4;12; John 14;6).
The Conscience of Man
It is the inborn ability within all people to determine between right and wrong. It existence implies that there is a God who created this innate ability within us, and He is the supreme and righteous law-giver (cf. Rom 2:15; 2 Cor 4:2).
However, it also is unable to tell us how to receive eternal life.
The Logic of Man
Using logic and reason, man can deduce by using various arguments that God exists, and what sort of God He might be.
(In class, we spent a great deal of time going through these logical arguments, which frankly, should probably fall under “Theology Proper” and the Existence of God.)
I am not going to explain the logical arguments in this post. Look them online if you are curious. Here is a list:
- The Cosmological Argument
- The Teleological Argument
- The Anthropological Argument
- The Moral Argument
- The Ontological Argument
The History of the World
If God created the world, and cares about us as part of His creation, then it makes sense that we would see Him at work in various ways throughout history to reveal Himself and show us what He is like.
What do you think about these forms of General Revelation? Are any of them helpful? Do any of them sound like nonsense?
What do you think of the common idea that general revelation is adequate to condemn mankind, but not adequate to save?
Loren Pinilis says
Interesting. I had never thought through all the various parts of general revelation like that. Thanks for doing this series.
Jeremy Myers says
Glad to post it! I hope it wasn’t too boring. Maybe more detail would have made it more interesting, but I don’t want this series to last for years upon years!