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by Lynn Anderson
Are you ready to peek over into mystery?
The Bible will not clear up every doubt. In fact, sometimes Scripture seems, at least at first glance, to generate new doubts. The Bible embraces paradoxes.
For example, the Proverbs say, Do not answer a fool according to his folly. Then the next verse instructs, Answer a fool according to his folly. (Proverbs 26:4-5) Make up your mind, Solomon! Paul charged, Carry one anothers burdens, then added three verses later, Each one should carry his own load. (Gal. 6:2, 5) Which is right, apostle? Scripture says that Christians are set... free and should not be burdened again by a yoke of slavery, yet at the same time we are to be slaves to righteousness. (Galatians 5:1; Romans 6:15-22)
And these are only some of the little paradoxes. There are larger ones as well predestination and free will, or works and grace, or judgment and mercy, just to hint at a few. Possibly you know how to explain these. But, if you read long enough, you will confront biblical paradoxes that confound the wisdom of the ages. Heaven offers some of her best truth suspended between such paradoxes.
I believe the living God knows, loves, and is omnipotent. Yet I do not know how to untangle this dilemma. Oh, I have read books on it: C. S. Lewiss The Problem of Pain and one chapter of God in the Dock, Philip Yanceys Disappointment with God, and others. Yet this mystery still boggles my mind. It has boggled the best minds of the centuries.
And yet mystery is precisely the point, isnt it? A God so small that we limited humans can explain Him is not big enough to be worshiped. Keep following the mystery. (Be back again later)
Author: Lynn Anderson
Publication Date: April 11, 2001
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