More than what the Bible says

Kim Sandy
Most kids argue with their parents from time to time, but my eldest son loved to ‘debate.’ He debated in primary school, in secondary school, and even won a place debating for our Borough. By 2012 he was 20 years old and debating me! He bombarded me with questions about God and I responded by pointing him to relevant Bible passages. Our discussions would go like this:

HIM: "If there is a God then why…."
ME: Well the bible says…."

HIM: "How could a loving God…."
ME: "Well the bible says…"

This went on until exasperated he said, "Mum! If someone doesn't believe in the Bible and thinks it's just a myth then your quoting it is not going to help!"

I realised that every question that I came across I answered with the bible, which is not a bad thing if you know why the bible says what it says.

Francis Shaeffer – a great Philosopher who died in 1984, stated that for years the church and society were virtually on the same page, sharing the same beliefs and standards of morality. After 1890 in Europe (and 1935 in the U.S) he claims there was a ‘shift’ in society’s worldview and understanding of truth. Society now embraced relativity – what’s true for you is true for you, and what’s true for me is true for me. Now they had permission to do whatever they wanted giving rise to phrases we hear today: "It’s my life", "Live and let live", "Don’t judge me!" … and the church, because it had previously never needed to answer the why, what, where and how questions was poorly equipped to answer. When they did respond they probably said, "Well the bible says…"

God set me on a journey where I started to think deeply. Where I dared to ask the questions that my son was asking. Where I began to listen carefully to atheist arguments and really apply my mind to them.

I began to look into science and philosophy, I studied evolution, I asked where our morality, our sense of right and wrong came from? I asked why God didn’t just appear and prove himself! I asked why there is so much suffering? How do I know the Bible isn't just a myth? Why is sex outside of marriage wrong anyway? Why did God sacrifice Jesus and not just forgive us without the cross? My answer had formerly been…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9 : 22)… But why?!

I wrestled with many questions desperate for truth. I reasoned that if God was real then He would survive fierce scrutiny and, over time, as I found answers to my questions, I also discovered undeniable evidence for the truth. I realised how powerful the argument for God is and how it is historically, archeologically, scientifically, and philosophically backed up. Had I known this earlier I would have witnessed so much more than I did, because now you can’t shut me up!

So for me, engaging with, and not running from, the big questions is what keeps me close to God and strengthens my relationship with Him. On days when I am just not ‘feeling it’ – I stand on the solid rock of truth. I don't profess to have all the answers, but I know without doubt that I am called to love God with all my heart and soul, and yes…with all my mind too!

… always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.1 Peter 3:15

…contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. Jude 1:3

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1 comment:

  1. Kim, Thank you for bringing this up. I have been studying/listening to a bit of stuff on this Post-Modernism thing. Kinda sounds crazy that people could believe that we could all be right at the same time… yet your words are total hope that God is big enough even for these doubts.
    Thank you for sharing (PS: reading you bio here… I'm fascinated about your 'sign language' history. God has blessed you with the ability to use your past for His glory now!)