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Answering life's big questions

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POSTED: January 21, 2014 8:30 p.m.

“Daddy, who made God?”
I knew early that I would eventually hear that question. Every parent who seeks to teach their children the truth will encounter it at some point in time. But it is never an easy one to answer.
I had a friend jokingly say to me, “Oh that was easy. I just said, ‘Go ask your mother.’” That was a problem for me. After all, I was the pastor. I couldn’t send them to their mom for that one.
Now, if you are looking for a complete, wonderful explanation of the answer that I gave my sons, you are going to be disappointed. That will not be the focus for this article. But I will seek to help in dealing with some of the harder questions that we face in our faith.  
The fact is that we face some difficult questions. “Who made God? Why is there pain and suffering? Why does evil exist?” Theologians and apologists have been seeking to answer these questions since the beginning of time. Some answers are helpful; others leave us wanting a better explanation.
What I say now may fall into the latter category for some, but I hope that they help a little. Here is a fact that we must face: We do not know the answers to all of life’s hard questions, and we are not going to know them in this lifetime. There are things in this world that are beyond our comprehension. They are beyond our logic.
But that does not mean that they are “illogical.” Rather, they are “supra-logical.” In other words, they are beyond, or above, our logic. In God’s economy, they make sense. But we do not have all of the facts or the ability to sort the facts we do have. We are human, fallible and don’t understand everything.
That bothers many people. They want all of the answers. Quite frankly, I will admit that I would like to have all of the answers. But I must come to grips with reality. I cannot know all of the answers. There are things that I must accept by faith.
Faith is not, as one little boy put it, “believing in something we know is not true.” Rather, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” as the author of Hebrews puts it. Our faith is based on the fact of God. We trust him. He has proved to be faithful. And so we trust.  
We all long for explanations when things are not going well.  Sometimes, we get that explanation. But sometimes, we do not. It is in those times that we must trust. Will you trust the Lord? He has been good. He is the same today as he has ever been. Let’s keep on trusting. He will never forsake us. 

 

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