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…

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Abbie on March 18, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I really like what you said about faith. It’s so true. And you did an awesome job putting it into words that fit it correctly. 🙂


  2. Posted by revkevgcc on March 8, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    yeah, but to a skeptic there is still lots of room for interpretation… and that is what he is dealing with right now. Bottom line is you can’t argue with someone who already has their mind made up.

    I ended up giving him C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity” – there is a whole section at the end on the Trinity.


  3. Posted by scott on March 8, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Jesus does say in John 10 “I and the Father are one”.


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