In conversation with a fellow blogger on WP, we fell into one of the age-old debates about the existence of God.  One thing he said to me really stuck out in my heart and mind:

What makes you so sure your God holds the answers.  What about other Gods?  Every religion in practicality preaches similar concepts.  I appreciate your concepts and your comment however you seem to be so certain that yours is right and I find this to be a huge logical flaw.  You are using things written about God by men, which have been shown to be historically inept, to confirm your notions about said God.  This is the circular argument that I’ve provided.   I have had all my questions answered.  Sure I don’t know everything, but I have enough evidence to not support the notion of your God or any gods for that matter.

When I sat and thought about what he said, it got me thinking about the verse in the Bible which talks about God’s wisdom:

18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; [a]20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”[b] 1 Corinthians 3:18-20

I began to, as I seem to always do these days, reexamine my relationship (the way I relate) with God, and realized that because I do not have all the answers about God the way atheists and scientists have all the answers about the non-existence of God, I actually place myself in exactly the position I am supposed to be with God, because by not knowing everything I want to know about God, it forces me to have a relationship with God so that I can obtain the answers I seek from Him.  Unlike some doubters who run away from God because of their questions, I actually run closer to God the more I doubt and question my faith.  Only by not making Christianity so absolute can God then reveal to me the answers to many of the questions I have about Him.  My faith in Him never wavers, for just like I don’t know everything about my wife, yet know enough to know that I want to know more every day, I don’t know everything about God.  But the little I do know is more than enough to make me want to know more and more about Him every day.  And I can’t do that without having a relationship with Him.  I choose not to have all the answers.  I choose to not have absolute, cold, hard, calculated theorems and proofs about Him.  But what I choose to do is to allow Him to lead and guide me to the answers I seek from Him day after day.  I love Him just that much.

Does that make me a fool?  Pretty much.  But I’ve learned that being a Christian isn’t about knowing everything there is to know about God and being able to prove people wrong.  Being a Christian is about recognizing that I am flawed, and I don’t know it all, and despite my lack of wisdom and perfection, Someone loved me enough to save me from myself and give me the opportunity to walk with Him daily and receive Wisdom that is out of this world.  My prayer for everyone is that we stop believing that we as people in general, and Christians in particular, know everything there is to know about God.  Instead, let’s actually be exactly what we’re supposed to be, foolish, doubtful, questioning, inquisitive, and thirsty for knowledge.  In our foolishness, God makes us wise. 😀

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  1. ediddydub says:

    On Facebook, one of my friends posted the following comment:

    “you seem so intelligent, yet your view on atheists is wrong. I am an atheist, I dint believe in God because there is no evidence, that doesnt mean I dint hope that there isn’t one, just not the misogynistic bigot and cruel homophobe that the Bible/Koran/Torah depicts ”him” to be. How dare we think we know everything about the wonders of the universe? Once we stop searching, throw our hands up in the air and call it ”God” is belittling the wonders of it. the fun is in the search for answers. Always questioning everything and refusing to believe in religious lies that are spoon fed to us since birth. I’m sure you would never beat your wife or sell your daughters into slavery, so how can you follow a book that blatantly condones these things? Faith is ignorance, plain and simple. Its a cop out so we dint have to be responsible for our actions today. We can ”repent” and Jesus will take it,all away….. Yeah…. It doesnt work like that. We need to live for today, because if there is no afterlife we at least made the best of every moment we have now. That is whats important. You can try to hide the truth, but once its out, there is no way to silence it.”

    And this was my response:

    “in no way am I trying to attack atheism. I recognize that I am ill-versed in how atheism works. Just like most atheists I’ve talked with, I can only go by the experiences that I have had with atheists to give back to the world what they have made me feel. In doing that, though, it has only fueled my passion to know more about God in relation to His people and the way they think. Speaking of which, what God has revealed to me in response to your comments is the following: we all spend much of our lives trying to understand how we fit in it, and once we have found a perspective by which we see and interact with all things, it is very difficult to let that perspective go. We try to treat our spiritual lives the same way, whether it be atheism, Christianity, Islam, or whatever. Once we have our way of thinking, we see EVERYTHING from that perspective, and unless we allow ourselves to view life, including our spirituality, from a different perspective, we run the risk of limiting the possibilities of the answers we seek, and thus miss the opportunity to have a unique relationship to God. Having said that, when you speak of God being a “misogynistic bigot and cruel homophobe” and ask me “how can [I] follow a book that blatantly condones these things,” what that tells me is that you have chosen to see God in that light, and choose not to switch your perspective on the events that took place in the Bible, which may possibly shed some light on why He did some of the things, or said some of the things, that may place Him in that light. I must consider that He had His reasons for doing what He did, for only He knows why those things needed to take place. Sometimes, for good things to happen, bad things must happen as well. Until we take the opportunity to look at God from a different perspective, and seek answers beyond the obvious, we will always be faithless. It sounds crazy, but that’s why it’s called Faith. It’s not supposed to make sense. Give it a chance :)”

    What do you think?

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