Things that we call truths about God are always acquired from a slightly tilted angle. What we conjure as truth may be the best we can do but, in regards to God, they are not God.
When You were with us You had to deal with us not only where we were at but also from the confines of Your own humanity. You revealed to us what we were able to handle – but even this is not God. The full-blown truth about God is immeasurably beyond our comprehension. What truths You have revealed to us and what truths we have come to with the best reasoning from the best intellects is still infinitely removed from God. The cloud of unknowing is our own humanity. Yet, thankfully, in the intellect, there is that which unfailingly seeks and pursues. It takes the will by the hand and points the way toward choices based on the best form of truth it can give. The intellect shows the way but only the will can step toward the light.
We build our perception and our conceptions of You cell by cell, each cell being some sliver of insight gained in the search; from what we see in others; from what we hear or what we read. Through these channels, now as then, You can touch us. But the totality of whatever we come up with is, at best, as a hair to the entire body.
Laboring under this knowledge might seem discouraging, might lead some to agnosticism or even despair. But to live a life that, in some ways, is now and then able to catch a glimpse of You, to be brushed by the touch of Your hand or to hear the faint whisper of You voice is pure joy because the truth we do know for sure is that such morsels are all that we can handle as a foretaste of what You have in store for the faithful seeker.
So, we go on acquiring what we can, each new discovery building upon what we already have. The one unacquired truth is that something draws us. We can ignore but not escape from the fact that we are drawn. Attached to the absoluteness of cogito ergo sum is the truth that my thoughts and my being are drawn to something outside myself. Even the most primitive and “backward” of peoples remaining in this world are drawn to something beyond themselves. This is the truth.