“If You Meet (god) Buddha On The Road, Kill Him.”
– a frequently used paraphrase of a Buddhist koan (a poem used to provoke thought)
attributed to Zen Master Linji.
It’s not from the Bible but it has some teeth.
St. Augustine said, “If you comprehend it, it is not God.”
Thomas Aquinas said, “The highest human knowledge of God is to know that one doesn’t know God.”
Something I keep relearning is that although I look intently and seem to understand more with each passing prayer, reading and struggle, in the end I don’t really know anything much about this God whom I serve. As years pass I find errors or incomplete pictures in things I embraced, which shows how frighteningly shallow my knowledge of the divine is. I know His attributes. I know His work. I know the story. I understand the church culture. I understand the current thought. I understand what I believe. But I do not understand God. I do not understand His ways.
I need to keep killing the god I create.