Monday, October 10, 2016

Christian Even When You Don't "Get It"

I was a Buddhist for 13 years, and I spent most of that time being a fairly "atheist" Buddhist. You can imagine that a lot of friends and family are puzzled by the fact that I became a Christian over the last couple of years, and (along with my wife) got baptized back in June of this year. With varying degrees of acceptance and "good for you" type responses, there are the inevitable questions like: "What about ____?" or "But the Bible says weird stuff like ____..." or "How can you believe ____ without fully understanding it?"

Well, let me share two snippets that resonate with my approach to such questions.

First, Danielle D'Dsouza in her book, YGOD:
Sure, there are things I don't get about Christianity. But since I've experienced how true some of it is ... how true it proves to be, when you think and act like it's true ... how much it makes clear every day, even little things ... well, then, I accept on faith the parts I don't get yet. (p.17)
Second, Dr. R.C. Sproul, in the October 2016 issue of Tabletalk magazine:
After a while, when I heard a question I wasn't able to answer, I had confidence that God had raised up great men of learning who knew far more than I did and were able to answer these skeptical questions. ("The Most Valuable Aim of Apologetics")
I think most of us Christians, if we're honest, have those areas and times when we don't fully "get" it. However, we see and experience enough of it that's true, and we can draw on the the learning and experience of others that journey with us now or who went down this path before. That gives us the confidence to continue in faith.