Life is a progression. A progression of faith and doubt, questions and answers.
Some people promote an idea that says questions and doubts are out of boundaries in the Christian faith. If we would just trust what the Good Book says, we’ll be in good shape. We should not voice the questions in our heads because if we do, we are not “trusting God.” We just need to believe strongly and push our doubts away. In doing so, we’ll make it through life, and as they say, “go to Heaven when we die.”
This idea of life and the Christian faith flies smack in the face of reality. It may be comforting to say we believe this kind of thing on Sunday morning, but when Monday rolls around we are confronted with a different reality. We are faced with real problems and real doubts that don’t go away with a cute quote. According to author and professor David Dark, “religion is born out of questions, not answers.”
I believe that the Bible tells a different story. The Bible, contrary to popular opinion, tells the story of a people who are faced with slavery and death and doubt and life. Rather than suppressing their feelings and struggles, they express their deepest thoughts and emotions before a God who hears and welcomes their pain. A God who turns out to be present in the darkest of moments. A God who creates, who actively pursues justice on the Earth, and who always gives abounding grace. One Hebrew Poet put it this way:
All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness. -Psalm 25:10
Is There Space? is my personal blog where I’ll share some of my thoughts and struggles and reflections. I really don’t know where its headed or who will read it, but I enjoy writing and joining in on the conversations.
I invite you to join me in creating space where people are free to voice what might be going on in their heads and hearts, and together trust the God who is Love (1 Jn. 4:16).