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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Mind Boggling Life Questions...

So I was recently drawn into the dangerous realm of one of the world's seemingly unanswerable questions (or at least answered only disappointingly & without satisfaction). So if you haven't already been mind boggled by this gem... beware!! (Especially if you are a Disney enthusiast like myself)!

If Pinocchio said, "My nose will grow right now", what would happen?
Hold the phone..!
I don't know what you think about this question. Whether you think you hold the key to the answer. Whether or not you have a clever witty response. Whether your mind boggles like mine does. Or whether it just frustrates you to your core.
But this got me thinking about all the other questions in my life that are just unanswerable. Things that my mind reels and reels over, until I'm so frustrated that I give up trying to answer it.
When it comes to questions of faith, I constantly wrestle over whether or not this 'give up trying to answer it' response is an acceptable one. And to be honest, I think I've concluded that this is okay. I'll tell you why.

Personally I have come to know that I just don't have the capacity to know everything about God and my faith. This is not a get out clause to not bother to try and find out... and actually the theology I did on my internship last year really helped to secure my faith, and as a Christ follower I have a hunger to know as much as I can particularly so that I can then help other people to understand my faith and hopefully their faith. Certainly Hebrews 11:1 for example tells us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” but that doesn’t mean that we accept a 'child-like faith' that we often speak of but which the Bible doesn't actually teach. True faith, is “assurance” and “conviction,” ... not blind belief. We start with a child-like faith for sure, but we must seek to mature into faith that leads to certainty and assured confidence. 1 Corinthians 3:2 says this; "I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren't ready for anything stronger. And you still aren't ready". We need to pursue this solid food.

But... at the end of the day, God is so much bigger then me (understatement of the century)... and so I can't possible fit all of God's and the world's complexity into my tiny (probably smaller than average) brain... there has to be a limit and level of acceptance of these limits. Isaiah 55:9 says this; “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts".
His thoughts and ways are higher than ours... we cannot comprehend them all. So when we ask those really difficult and complex questions about suffering and why it happens, about heaven and hell, about predestination, or Pinocchio's nose... I am happy to hold my hands up and say... "I don't know"... I'll maybe ask God one day... although I think if I'm in the presence of the God of the Universe, I might not be so bothered.

There is no human, earthly way of explaining many of the phenomenons in our world. Science cannot show that two people love each other. It is simply a tool that we use to uncover facts about the observable universe. So here’s a fun fact: Science is not omniscient. It cannot answer all of our questions. My conclusion is therefore is that there must be a creator - one who knows it all and has His hand firmly over this world in all its complexity. It reminds me of this quote by CS Lewis...“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
...Perhaps too, if we find ourselves with questions that no earthly answer can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made by someone bigger than this world.

I find this entirely freeing. I don't need to have all of the answers. No one does and so my mission is simply to follow Christ as best as I can and to invest in my relationship with my creator, trying my best to wrestle with life's questions as and when I face them.

So whilst I might not be able to get my head around the Pinocchio conundrum... I will still sit back and enjoy watching that little puppets nose grow everything he lies, with great pleasure and delight. And in the same way even though I cannot tell you why 'bad things happen to good people' or what 'heaven looks like'... I will still praise and worship my God with joy and assurance in my heart because I have experienced God's love and His hand on my life.
My prayer is that you too will be able to put down those questions which stop you from moving further along your journey of discipleship and relationship with Christ, and put your hands up to the realisation that you are a lot smaller than He who made you!

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