Archive for March 8th, 2008

Unanswered Questions

I had a friend swing by the office yesterday with a question about the Trinity.  I’ll be the first one to tell people not to think on the Trinity for too long because it will wreck your mind.  How can the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all be God?  Jesus never outright said that He was God.  He always referred to Himself as the Son of God.  Even when people questioned Him about whether He was God His response was in the form of a question; “Who do you say I am?”

questionsandanswers.jpgWhile I probably gave my friend less confidence in my ability to answer tough theological questions, I also gained a new level of acceptance for the things that I just can’t answer.  The ability to confess that we do not know everything is wonderfully liberating.  It acknowledges that there is One who does know, and that one day we shall have greater understanding in the clearer air and bluer sky of eternity, but in the meantime, mysteries remain.  This is part of the essence of true faith rather than a flimsy facade of faith.

Reinhold Niebuhr said, “Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefor we must be saved by faith.” 

Faith is not about understanding everything.  Faith is surely the acknowledgment that, through God’s revelation, we do know something about everything, but we don’t yet know everything about everything.  To offer anything else will surely disappoint, and lead us into arrogant self-deception.  We remain humans, God remains God.

Truth & mystery must coexist for faith to be faith.  And I’m o.k. with that…