Thursday, August 01, 2013

Commentary: Maybe We Don't Need to be Certain

While there is truth in the world, there is also mystery.  Christians need to allow room for both and create environments that are safe for people to struggle with doubts and wrestle with Scripture.  That is the point behind this commentary at Paul's Ponderings:

“And frankly, the church sounds so certain about everything.  There seem to be no maybes at all.  We act as if we have it all down.  We’ve got all the answers.  If you’re confused, just come to us because we have it all mapped out.  Sometimes it’s as if there is no mystery to God or the gospel, yet Paul speaks of it as a mystery.  And the last time I checked the God of the Bible was still the invisible God.” Erwin McManus, An Unstoppable Force, p. 59 

Christians worship a God of truth.  Jesus claimed to be the way, the truth, and the life.  We can’t escape the reality that there is truth in this world waiting for us to discover.  This truth about God, the universe, and life is all around us and comes at us in many different ways.

Yes, truth is discovered in the Bible.  It is also found through the use of the scientific method and philosophy.  We encounter truth through relationships, songs, and stories.  It is possible to discover and know truth.

The reason I remind us of the reality of truth is because I don’t want you to misunderstand what I am about to say.  It is okay to be uncertain, to not know the answer, and to struggle with doubts.  In the end you might even discover that there isn’t an answer to every question and that mystery pervades much of life.

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