Embracing the Mystery
Well meaning Christian Theologians have argued for centuries.
Bible studies have split apart over one verse.
Churches have split and denominations formed over simple ideas about God or simple practices that point us to God.
For so long, many (myself included) have spent precious time and energy trying to figure out what the “real truth” is. Do we baptize infants or only adults? Does God predestine only some of us or do we have a choice? Do we commune with wafers and real wine or unleavened bread and Welch’s? I think we’re missing the point altogether!
What I’m trying to say is simply this…For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8 We spend too much time arguing over issues we cannot ever fully understand. God’s ways and purpose are so far above ours that we cannot and should not claim to understand it fully. Especially when it draws a chasm between us and other believers. Our God is a mysterious and powerful God. When people ask me about predestination versus free-will I have to answer that both can be true! My God is big enough to both choose us and allow us to chose. And I see evidence of both in scripture so why would I have to choose just part of scripture as being right! Yes, it’s true that in my mind I tend to want to fully understand and have mastery over theological ideas, but the truth is that when I try to fully understand that which is infinite with my finite mind, I am putting God into a box.
My God simply will not be boxed, limited, or made predictable. God is bigger than you think!
Please don’t take me wrong and think that I believe everything to be true and all paths leading to God. I cling to scripture and to Christ. His Word always ring true. I honestly think we don’t take scripture seriously enough! But some things we aren’t meant to understand, just to embrace.