Christianity: Believe first, answers will come
Many of us are would like to see the answers before believing. In fact, one could argue, this is how we are really wired as human beings. Faith does not come naturally. It is a decision we have to make to believe in spite of the lack of evidence or as understanding increases, believe in spite of evidence to the contrary. For those of us who grew up in church, it’s a bit easier to have faith as it is taught to us from a very young age.
For those who believe that we were created by God, they would have to believe that God did not wire faith as the default mechanism in us but reason. We are an intelligent, introspective, skeptical species.
God’s sovereignty is a rather big discussion. Obviously, Gods supreme power is something that is difficult for our finite minds to wrap around, but I think before we can start to understand His sovereignty we first need to believe in God. I’m not sure if this is something that you’ve struggled with for a while or are just now being confronted with, but this seems to be the bigger issue.
Please know that I’m not trying to avoid answering any questions, but I would like to know a little bit more.
Note that Josh believes that one has to believe first then understanding will come.
along the lines of what Josh was saying:
we don’t first understand all of what God’s doing or how He thinks before we believe in Him–no matter how crazy or absurd He seems to us.
We believe so that we can understand. This is something I continue to learn and develop every single day. So many times i get it the other way around. the christian experience is always faith seeking understanding, but we will never understand without faith.
Jon, if I had anything at all to say that would encourage you it would be to put your trust in God and take Him at His word. Trust that He knows what He is doing, and that all works out for His will, if we understand it or not. If it seems horrible or not. Just takes faith I guess bro.
I struggle now with coming to terms with the fact that this is what I once believed.
– The de-Convert