We will begin in our exploration of Christian theology by first asking the question: What do we know about the nature of God?
This is the foundational question for our ability to experience, and revel in, the fullness of a life in Christ. For, if we do not understand the fundamental attributes of Godís nature, we cannot possibly understand the enormity of Christís work on our behalf.
As an example, most of us have traveled to a distant destination by air. Some of us have experienced air travel so often that we take it for granted, we may get anxious at take-off or landing, when we hear something unusual or fly through turbulent air. How often do you consider the very nature of the forces that make heavier-than-air flight the absolute miracle of technology that it is?
A Boeing 767-300ER is a metal and plastic structure that is over 180 feet long from end to end, over 156 feet wide from wingtip to wingtip, and 52 feet tall; itís maximum takeoff load is 395,000 pounds; it can carry up to 255 people; travel 6,590 nautical miles at an average cruising speed, at a 35,000 foot altitude, of 530 mile per hour.
To put that into further perspective imagine something as wide, and half as long, as a football field, as tall as a 3 story building, weighing more than 30 adult male African Elephants traveling at 775 feet per second, a mile higher than the 29002 foot peak of Mount Everest from New York City to Los Angeles to New York City and back to Los Angeles without stopping.
Even just a century ago the idea would have been considered fantastic, if not delusional, and yet today around the world this mode of transportation is happening hundreds, if not thousands, of times every day!
And this, as with all of our technology, is not supernatural. Modern air travel was not developed in defiance of the physical laws which God created to order the functionality of the universe, it is dependent on them. Our contemporary jumbo jets do not manipulate the laws of physics, instead they use those divinely created forces within the framework of the set parameters. They do not change the wind direction, gravity or air pressure; instead aeronautic engineers accumulate the knowledge necessary to conform their structures to those elements which have existed from the beginning.
In the same way, we as followers of Christ, must pursue knowledge of God so that we may better understand His creation and will, and in doing so conform ourselves to Godís purpose. For just as God set the winds in motion and installed the gravitational and kinetic order of the universe which makes air travel possible on this scale; He also is the Holy, Sovereign, Just, and Active God that provided the inspiration for the builders and the hope of the passengers that, regardless of the success or failure of manís technology, they can be secure in the one immutable law of creation: God never fails.