I've been doing a lot of thinking about what's really important to me and how my perspective on so many issues has changed so much over the past two years and has drastically changed since I graduated from high school.A discussion ensued between us, and I agreed that I was in the same position. I look back to what I was involved in and what I believed then, and so much has changed. Later, she said
"It is SO NICE to know that someone is going through the same stuff I am... I think we have changed how we think partially because of who we are: thinking, intelligent individuals. I think it is also because of Taylor. We were taught that all truth is God's truth so we shouldn't be afraid to look into controversial issues. The problem is, I feel like a lot of Christians don't really think about why they believe what they believe. "
"All truth is God's truth so we shouldn't be afraid to look into controversial issues" I love that.
I wholeheartedly agree with her on the point of having a "thinking faith". I want- and need- to know why I believe what I claim to (whether the answer is logical or scientific or scriptural or experiential... answers can be informed by any or all of these types of information). I feel like I am being intellectually dishonest with myself otherwise. I also don't want to be afraid of saying "I Don't Know." I don't want to claim support one side or the other of an issue when I am not convinced I know the right answer, or that the side I am supporting is right. I don't want to make arbitrary stances.
Living in the Not-Knowing is hard. The Modern mindset wants black-and-white lines drawn, easy explanations given, and simple, 4-point summaries of how the world and faith works. I want intellectually honest answers and humble discussions, where participants will admit that all is not certain, answers aren't easy, and God and the world are complex.
Is this OK?
Will anyone join me?