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. 😀