I read through something the other day that has gone and got itself stuck in my head. The essence of what I read was this: when you have absolute certainty, you don’t need faith because you have knowledge. Faith is only necessary when the outcome is in question…when doubt is present. Doubt seems to be an essential element of faith and the two kind of work hand-in-hand.
I am just kind of chewing on this right now. It seems like through my Christian life I’ve been taught that we need to have every answer to every question and can’t ever NOT know the answer. As I mature and live I’m learning that God is mysterious and we CAN’T know everything about Him or even pretend to understand most things about who He is. I think it’s powerful to be honest enough to say “I don’t know.” There’s an appealing authenticity in saying “I don’t know” and maybe even “I’m not sure I believe,” or “I’m not sure why I believe that.”
Clarity is still outside of my complete grasp on this issue, but I’m really enjoying the process of thinking it through.