another question worthy of thought

… and comment!

I have not been blogging this week or last very much… because of this MOUNTAIN of personal theological papers that I have been reading… somewhere about 800 pages of grading… hence my absence from the blog-o-sphere and even my email inbox…

SO now, I’m almost finished reading and grading (and in some cases – writing long responses to comments and questions my students ask in their papers)… So I was just reading one who has echoed a theme that I have seen in more than just a couple of papers… that being this:

“I have not seen enough and I have not learned enough to know what I believe, I think I am not old enough to know what I believe as my beliefs are evolving.” (a compilation, not a direct quote)

So, thinkers, theological and otherwise… what is your response to this student??? I would like the various wise voices to answer this question please in the comment section…

Now,  comment away and lets see what you all say…


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5 responses to “another question worthy of thought

  1. Miroslav Volf today pretty much built his speech on the quotation from Paul that now we see through a glass, but one day we will see face to face…
    But I guess often people use it as an argument to hide behind with different reasons…


  2. Charles Johnson

    This is actually a captivating thought because there’s certainly enough logic behind it to make most Christians step back and question, “wait a minute, what have I experience that led to my Christian identity?”

    The problem is, we relegate our reluctance to believe to one sphere: life experience. The quest for experiential knowledge is the growing concern of the emerging post-modern generations. Often we see social permissions and preferential treatment given to those who have lived much, therefore they must know much. (This is not slanderous, it’s simply a barometer that indicates what’s important to us.) The well-traveled, the people who have shown the willingness to think and discuss with many different types of people, or those that simply can “name drop” more than others are often perceived as more intelligent, gifted, and valuable and therefore, worth listening to.

    Coupled with this quest, is also the reluctance to establish a personal identity. For the first time in US history, it is not expected that this generation attend the same church denomination as their parents. Unfortunately, behind this desire for autonomy is a fear to commit to anything. We suffer the inability to relate to each other with any commitment, how can we conquer these doubts and feelings of inadequacy (which is often behind the desire for more life experience) that accompany humanity?

    These questions are certainly not trivial, and they deserve more than a blog comment, but they indicate more about where our young minds are coming from than anything else. If there is a “silver bullet” answer (and there must not be one), it has to surround the concept of the work of the scriptures and the Holy Spirit. (This, too, will sound like a cop out to cynical teenagers.) The truth is, as our reluctance reminds us of our very humanity and distance from God, God moves toward us with his truth and message of forgiveness. Any cynicism or doubt, including the quest for experiential knowledge, is an opportunity to see God more. As the scriptures are opened, and our hearts are molded, our concerns and needs change. My fear is that this seeming “loss of control” is, in fact, what scares our youth.

    As I reread this post, I’m left with more questions than answers in my own thought-life. Being a Christian doesn’t mean we’ve answered every doubt and feel we’ve arrived at the most logical conclusion after carefully weighing out all the potential systemic beliefs. It often IS that, but for a Christian, it’s much more. It’s about being adopted, our identities changing, believing that God is coming to bring order and justice to this world and is building His Kingdom now. When this is true, no amount of experiential knowledge will ever help you completely, it’s simply too small a sphere.

  3. “You must become like a child….”…..most children I know are not “great thinkers”, yet have great faith. “True worshippers will worship God in spirit and in truth.”…..the older I get and the more I walk with God, the less intellectual I become in my faith…and the more intimacy I have with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To quote a missionary who is spending her life in Mozambique, “10 years of theology training and it all boils down to this for me: Jesus loves me, Jesus loves you.” What more do we need to believe…we humans (myself included) sure do like to intellectualize and analyze when the Gospel is so very simple and was first carried out by fishermen. To be honest, I think the enemy loves it that we are dragging our feet through the intellectual mire…the longer we stay there, quite possibly the less we “understand” GRACE.

  4. Lucy: What if they don’t beleive me?
    Aslan to Lucy: That’s not your problem, just believe and follow (my paraphrase)

    Peter: Why couldn’t I see him? (Aslan)
    Lucy: Maybe you weren’t looking. (from the movie – saw it last night)

  5. Wish it came here in English, but may have to wait til summer. 🙂

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