8/30/15 Trevon 24
Do you know where you came from? Where were you before you were conceived? Do you know how you got here? If not, how can you know where you are going? Do you really have control over what happens when you die? Does anyone really have the ability to figure this out on their own? It’s for this reason that many people such as Trevon, an investment banker I reached out to in a sidewalk conversation, claim agnosticism. An “agnostic” is a person who believes that nothing can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena. The word in Greek simply means “no knowledge”, and I believe that is very wise to claim ignorance when it comes to trying to figure out God on our own.
But we are not on our own. “If a good God created us” I told Trevon, “then He must have made us for a reason. And if He made us for a reason, why would he hide it from us? And if he reveals Himself and his purposes to us, I don’t think He would only reveal it to some individual or some small isolated group somewhere, and leave the vast majority of the world up to their imaginations. So this leaves us with the major world religions. And when we compare the major religions, they all teach that we can somehow earn a better afterlife with good deeds or religious actions. All except biblical Christianity, which teaches that everyone has the knowledge of good and evil and are condemned as sinners but that we can be saved through faith in Jesus rather than trusting in our own goodness or good deeds.”
Now I know this line of reasoning probably violates various rules of classical logic, beginning with the initial assumption that God is “good”. But in Hebrews 11 we are told that “…without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” We can’t arrive at a right knowledge of God by our limited human logic and without faith. We need to have faith that He not only exists but that God is good, a rewarder of those who seek Him. He rewards us with revelations of Himself when we seek Him on His terms, not on the terms of science or logic or human reasoning. Let’s claim ignorance when it comes to figuring God out on our own, and humbly rely on His revelation of Himself in faithful obedience.