“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate. Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” –
1 Corinthians 1:18-20
I recognize more than ever that my dedication to writing only what God has called me to write (particularly when there is alot of money being made writing frivilous and meaningless stuff) seems foolish to those who do not understand my love for Christ or the power of the Holy Spirit that resides in me. But just as the scripture up top implies, Christianity is not an intellectual pursuit but one of complete (though not necessarily blind) faith. The tenets of the Faith don’t make sense to those outside of the faith. My pastor discussed this in a recent bible study and he made a powerful statement to anyone who is struggling with “getting saved.” The fact is…the way to know God is not through the wisdom of the world but through an experience and acceptance of His Son. It doesn’t mean that intellectualism is not useful in helping us understand context and history but it cannot be used to try to reason God.
And frankly, I’m glad. I don’t want to worship a god and savior that I understand completely. That doesn’t make him much of a god at all. I desire to and do worship a God and Savior that still hold the mysteries of the universe in the palm of His hand. Yes, I appreciate the revelations that God does give His people but I also appreciate that in which He doesn’t share. It shows His ultimate power and glory… and considering the fact that humans haven’t been the most trustworthy with what we do know, His own profound intelligence.
“God’s decisions and guidance, on an off day, is better than mine on my best.”