The Difference Between Knowing God And Knowing Your Faith

The Difference Between Knowing God And Knowing Your Faith

It is much easier to know the Catholic Faith than it is to know God - because you don't have to pay a price to know your Faith; all you have to do is study. You can be immoral in your personal life and impure in your thought life, and still know your Catechism from cover to cover very well. You can be very knowledgeable about your faith and yet be a great lover of money at the same time. But, you can't know God and be immoral in your life. You can't know God and be a lover of money. That's impossible! And that's why most “good” Catholics take the easier path of just knowing their faith rather than knowing God.

I want to ask you: Are you happy with just knowing the Catholic faith or is there a desperate hunger in your hearts to know the Lord? The apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:8-10 that his greatest longing was to know the Lord better. “I count all things to be but loss for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord”. He considered everything else as rubbish compared to knowing the Lord. “I count all things but as dung, that I may gain Christ:" Paul gave up all his pearls for this pearl of great price. The secret of Paul's ministry is to be found not in the years that he spent studying the scriptures at Gamaliel's Jewish “seminary”, but in his personal knowledge of the Lord.

Eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ personally.

“Now this is eternal life: That they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3). We have perhaps defined eternal life as living eternally in heaven. But that was not how Jesus defined it. Eternal life has nothing to do with going to heaven or escaping hell. It has to do with knowing the Lord. To know God intimately and personally should be the passion of our life and the burden of our heart. I know that any vocation that God has called us in can have Divine authority only as I know God personally. And so, in all of our parishes, each person needs to seek a knowledge of God Himself.

There is more scripture and knowledge to be had of our faith today than ever before in history. With TV, Radio, internet, and thousand and thousand of books available we can access knowledge of the Bible and the Catholic faith. For nearly 1500 years after the day of Pentecost, there were no printed Bibles and Catechism books available anywhere as we have them. Only in the last few centuries have Bibles and catechisms been so freely available. Today, we have so many versions and concordances and study-helps. But do you think all this increased knowledge has produced holier Christians? No. If Bible knowledge and knowledge of our faith could produce holiness, we should be having the godliest people in history living today. But we don't. We have so many seminaries today teaching scriptures, doctrine, and so call Christian Philosophy to thousands of students. But, are the godliest people in the world today found in those seminaries? No. Many, but not all seminary graduates today are worse than the heathen.

Some years ago, I met a seminary graduate from one the top Catholic seminaries, who had stood first in his graduating class. He told me that after three years in that seminary, his spiritual condition was worse than when he first joined it. What then did that seminary teach him? It had taught him facts about the Bible and about the catholic faith. Satan himself could have graduated as first in the class, from such a seminary.

What was the use of that young man learning Hermeneutics, and what the "higher critics" had said, and what the root-meanings of Greek words were, and knowing all the rubrics and learning his latin perfectly if he hadn't overcome anger, bitterness, lustful thoughts and the love of money? With his newly-acquired ordination, he would soon become a pastor of a Parish. But, what would he teach the people in his Parish, whose biggest problems would be moral and not theological? He wouldn't be able to help them at all, in any of those areas. This is how God's work in the Church around the world is being destroyed.

Only if you know God yourself, will you be able to lead your flock to know Him. Only if a Husband knows God himself, will he be able to lead his wife. Only if a Parent know God themselves will they be able to lead his or her children. If you have victory over sin in your own life, you'll be able to lead your flock also to victory over sin. Then they too will be equipped to go out and serve the Lord - with authority and power. Do you think the devil is impressed by anyone's Bible knowledge or ordinations? Not at all. Satan fears only holy, humble men and women who know God.