The Pursuit of God: Being okay with unanswered questions
by Travis Dickinson
Part of the pursuit of God, I have argued, should be an intellectual pursuit where we ask the deep and difficult questions *because* we want to know God more fully. I’ve suggested that this is (or should be) a very normal part of discipleship.
Sometimes there are great answers
Sometimes what appears deep and difficult may turn out to have straightforward answers. This is a wonderful experience. Suppose someone becomes worried about the charge that Scripture is filled with contradictions. Suppose she has resisted the urge to look into this due to fear for what she will find. She’s afraid that what she’ll find will hurt her faith. But she makes this an intellectual pursuit and looks into this. What she would find (at least, I have) is lots of differences across parallel accounts but no, as in zero, obvious contradictions in the crucial details of the accounts. When we consider possible ways to reconcile these accounts and also the genre and literary devices used in these accounts, these problems are well handled.
This is a good experience. I have had this experience many, many times as I have asked the deep and difficult questions and honestly sought after these answers. This is an experience I want my children to have. I want them to see the robustness of Christianity as a worldview that has the resources to answer our questions.
Sometimes there are not great answers…yet
There are other sorts of questions that remain deep and difficult. They don’t simply melt away as soon as we begin to look into possible answers. These are good too because they really push us to be intellectually honest in our faith…