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Why do we need Jesus Christ if God gives himself to us as a gift of self-communication? If human beings have capacity to know God, why do we need Jesus? In a sense, doesn’t this Jesus Christ interrupt the possibility of universal acknowledgement of God? Isn’t the possibility of universal salvation (apocatastasis) in doctrine of God stopped in Christology? We have to strive to find out the necessity of Jesus Christ. Just as human beings by nature have a capacity to know God and it is called “general revelation,” so we need special divine revelation, Jesus Christ.

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Whenever I read books or watch TV, I always wear eye-glasses. However, when I look for eyeglasses in the morning when I wake up, I have to look for it without eyeglasses. Of course, I know where it is, but sometimes I do not know where it is.

            In order to find it, I must have an ability to look for eyeglasses without eyeglasses, the ability which we call “a priori sense.” I must look for it without any help. In a sense, it is already in our innate nature.

            Likewise, we must have some ability in our nature to seek and know God. The Bible and Jesus are like eyeglasses. Even though the Bible and Jesus are important for us to know God, we already have ‘a priori sense,’ ‘seed’ of the knowledge of God, or FDA (feeling of absolute dependence) in us.

Romans 1:18-20 supports this idea: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

Schelling: “We have an older revelation than any written one—nature. The latter contains a typology [Vorbilder] that no man has yet interpreted, whereas the written one received its fulfillment and interpretation long ago. If the understanding of this unwritten revelation were made manifest, the only true system of religion and science would appear not in the poorly assembled state of a few philosophical and critical concepts, but rather at once in the full brilliance of truth and nature. It is not the time to rouse old oppositions once again, but rather to seek that which lies outside of, and beyond, all opposition.”[1]


                [1] Schelling, Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom, 77.

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