“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” — Hebrews 5:14
Biblical literacy and theological knowledge do not necessarily mean you and God are relationally close. Peter said, “For we did not follow cleverly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” In other words, the recent generation might know plenty about Abraham Lincoln but cannot truthfully say that they’ve physically walked and talked with him. There’s a certain depth and meaning to knowing someone personally and experientially rather than because of outside means.
If God is omnipotent, why did he take six days to create everything? Why not speak everything into existence all at once?
Do science and God agree?
Is your interpretation of the Bible correct? If so, how do you know? If not, why do you follow it?
Is Christianity relevant today?
Can meaning exist apart from God?
You know how when you go to the gym or participate along with an exercising DVD and there’s always that one person who goes to the extreme with all the moves and gyrations? They’re on the “advanced” level, the ones that most of us look at who has the “envious body type.” I created 5:14 for those that are in the theologically advanced category. The reason that those who maintain healthy body types is simply because they exercise all the time. If they were to give up one day and forgo their fitness routine, their body will gradually begin losing its tone and health. It’s the same thing with Jesus. If you neglect or haphazardly maintain a relationship with Jesus, your hunger for other people and things will gradually begin to otherwise take lead. If you prefer to maintain the basic beliefs of your Christian faith, the “milk” of it, then your experience of God will remain basic. I’ll address inquisitions of the faith, such as the difference between truth and fact, science, world religion, morality, miracles, and plenty more.
My intention is to explore the hard questions. I mean the really hard questions. I seek out and enjoy conversing with those who maintain opposing views partially because they’ll ask the difficult questions that I‘m looking for about my own faith. Sometimes Christians, myself included, will be so used to what they believe that they’ll gloss over a particular verse or quote in the Bible without questioning it. An atheist, for example, might catch it right away and immediately challenge it. God says to ask for wisdom and he will not only give it to you, but give it to you abundantly. It’s true that some things will not be revealed right away. God does not owe it to the human race to explain himself in every way. He does not owe us an explanation or a blueprint for each decision he makes. God has his ways and he’s allowed to let them remain mysterious for his own purposes if he so chooses.
If you don’t think you’re quite ready to dive in the deep discussion yet, that’s okay. Instead, I invite you to check out Green Theology to get started.
Remember. If you’re studying and learning about God, always test what you read and hear, like 1 John 4:1 instructs. Line up the teaching you receive in classrooms or in videos with the Word of God before taking it to heart. Philippians 1:9-10 says, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ…”