I read through something the other day that has gone and got itself stuck in my head. Â The essence of what I read was this: when you have absolute certainty, you don’t need faith because you have knowledge. Â Faith is only necessary when the outcome is in question…when doubt is present. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â I think it’s powerful to be honest enough to say “I don’t know.” Â 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.