The Danger of Overgeneralization

Life is complicated. The longer I live, the more I realize that there are very few things in life which fit into neat little boxes. Even the gospel is too big to fit into a box. Some things are too complicated to fit in a box, and some things, like the grace of Christ, are simply too big to fit.

But man do we like boxes.

He is Unsearchable, Yet Knowable

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Have you ever been hiking and found that the trail just seems to disappear? You follow the worn path, finding comfort in the tracks of those gone before you and then suddenly the trail vanishes. You are in the woods—perhaps on the side of a mountain—and all you can do is stop and look around.

Theology is like that.

How Billy Graham and C.S. Lewis Responded to Their Doubts

There was a time in my life when I was moving toward atheism. I recall two periods actually, one when I was around 13 and one when I was in college. The former was just adolescent nonsense that didn’t last long, and the latter was a period of genuine doubt.

The reason I know I had genuine doubt is because it was involuntary. That is, I didn’t want to doubt. But I had questions about the existence of God and the church that I couldn’t answer, despite the fact that I was looking for answers.

The answers found me.