When I was a younger Christian, I was told and educated in church and by other Christians around me at the time that we are, as the people of God, meant to have an answer to everything, or at least, most things.
Things that we didn’t have the capacity to understand were all given the ‘Ha ha ha! We’ll know when we get to heaven’ treatment, such as what heaven looks like, or why a particular event happened or didn’t happen.
We were even encouraged to give answers to the whole problem of suffering, and you can pick up countless books and pamphlets which give an answer to that question.
And, in most part, I agree with those books; we live in a fallen world, sin has corrupted things, evil is in the air as it were…
But when it came to the point where someone would explain to someone that they were suffering because they must have unconfessed sin in their life or that God was punishing them for past wrongs, it got way out of hand – a totally unbiblical approach to pastorally dealing with people. It’s wild accusations like that which help kill the church and breed sadness, despair and hopelessness in people.
I was chatting with some first years yesterday about Theology and discussing some things that we learn in classes. I have to say, some of them looked horrified at some of the things I said. I made it clear that I wasn’t expressing my own theological standpoints, but still, the amazement was there that someone could teach such ‘heresy’ – whatever that means, and whoever that applies to.
What’s the point of this post? It is this – we need to be comfortable as Christians with admitting that we don’t have all the answers. Firstly to ourselves, and secondly to others. People seem to think that Christianity is solid because they can conjure up formulated answers based on some sort of systematic theology to practically any any question imaginable.
Except, Christianity isn’t solid because of that, because we simply cannot formulate answers to every possible question. No, Christianity is solid because of the very person that makes up the word ‘Christianity’; Christ. His life, his death, his resurrection power.
He is the one who holds it all together. And believe it or not, he is the one who has the answers, yet not all of those answers are revealed to us in this present age.
What do you think about this issue?