Do I claim to have KNOWLEDGE of God? And if so, does this entail omniscience, which would be impossible to prove? One question at a time. Briefly, I have KNOWLEDGE of God in the same way that I have knowledge of any person in relationship with me.
The gift of prophecy allows one to form relationships with quasi-personalistic spirits, angels, or other aspects of deity, up to and including God. Communication happens through signs, omens, whispers, words, divinations, etc. In Integral theory, this is known as an aspect of psychic/subtle phenomena, a category which also includes imagination and cognition.
Let me give you one example because it happened to me just a few days ago. You leave your home spontaneously to go for a walk in your neighborhood and you just so happen to run into a person you have known for many years. He’s a young man with a disability who nevertheless lives an active and full life.
He invites you to go with him somewhere. Along the way, you talk about your need to have more people in your life who appreciate your spirituality. And then he tells you that he believes he is an angel, and he shows you physical markings to “prove” that he’s an angel.
You can choose what to believe about your friend. When I choose to see it as an angelic communication, I do so not because it’s a comforting thought, but because it’s the way that helps me most make sense of my reality. I have many experiences like this where God works through intermediaries, coincidences, plays on words, unusual symbolic congruence, and so forth. The young man’s coincidental appearance was an angelic sign to me.
I cannot prove that angels have given me a sign in the same way that I can prove that if someone is calling me on the phone that the telephone will ring. But why should this be a problem, unless my philosophy is reductionistic materialism, a way of looking at reality that is largely discredited and, in any event, the source of some of the most wicked and civilization-threatening problems facing humankind?
Some form of faith is involved in many kinds of knowledge, including sensual perceptions. Just look at René Descartes as an example of how a smart, well-educated, and modernistic person can doubt all the information coming from the senses. As the Cartesian thinker pointed out, you may think you’re looking at a table, but you could really be dreaming. Senses can deceive you.
Using Lingua-U, I would suggest in a very subtle story that Descartes needed Faith (𝌏⚌) to perceive the Physical (𝌏⚍), since they are yang/yin complements at the mark of orientation. Don’t worry if that doesn’t make sense to you yet, it’s not important right now.
Even for integralists this is so! Integralists who are developmental thinkers are aware that human consciousness ascends in a spiral of different forms of knowing and that they are not at the top of the spiral; when they hear tales told from levels beyond their own comprehension it takes “faith” (at different levels) to allow for these possibilities to reside within their own worldview as well, even when they haven’t known perfect enlightenment, satori, or some other rarefied consciousness.
The fact that there are levels of faith and that knowledge may require certain kinds of faith or fundamental trust doesn’t de-legitimize knowledge or disqualify it as a serious form of knowing. The eye of spirit “sees” spiritual reality just as the optical organs “see” physical reality.
Communication and relationship can also happen through silence and direct perception of Emptiness or the whole of Reality and Logos. That is causal or nondual, and when a prophet is in a causal state they are communing with Allah/God in indistinct, formless harmonization. When a prophet is in a nondual state, they are communing with All-That-Is-Arising, including forces of both darkness and light, hidden and manifest Reality and Logos. Psychic, subtle, causal, nondual. Sound familiar to any of you integralists out there?
Psychic, subtle, and causal produce KNOWLEDGE just as does the gross/concrete realm. But there are different methods used to ascertain the validity of such gnosis different from measuring sensory input as with gross/concrete. So yes, the prophet has gnosis of God to a degree.
And even the good spiritual beings and God do not necessarily interact with you in a way that supports your egoic pretensions or ambitions; they may send trouble your way to humble you or strengthen you or give you greater compassion for suffering.
So in sum, knowledge of the psychic, subtle, and causal realms is certainly possible both in states (temporary) and stages (more or less permanent), but truth claims are different than claims about gross matters. Omniscience has nothing to do with it, why would it?
Knowledge of God comes like knowledge of another person, but God is not another person. Allah is (or is overlapping with) All-That-Is, the All-in-All, the Lady and Lord and Lattice of the Universe. Through our relationship with God, encountered in Eros and Agape and Unique Universality, we experience the goal of evolution, the loving embrace of the Yaang Father and the in-dwelling Shikhaina, and the possibility of our own True Self realization.
It’s personalistic (when approached through an “I” or “I-Thou” relationship) and transpersonal (when approached through a “Spirit” perspective). Though it is knowledge, it is not exactly like knowledge of concrete realities like a table or a dog; the gnosis requires faith, at one of many possible levels of understanding.