By way of introduction I want to let you know what to expect from this series. Each article will be above all things brief. In offering short responses to major issues, I hope to create a platform from which to launch further discussion.
I also want to introduce my view of questions about Christianity. In response to the question, “Why are there questions?” my view is that the truth without questions would overwhelm us. By refusing to explain everything in detail, but rather leaving us with unanswered questions, God is creating a situation where we can freely choose. God preserves free will by withholding certain information. As Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Notice that some information is secret, but other things have been revealed. Enough has been revealed in fact, “that we may do all the words of this law.” God has made enough of the truth plain, that we are justified in believing him, but has also hidden enough so that those who don’t really want him will be able to convince themselves they are justified in rejecting him. Thus free will is maintained, and we must decide what we really want.
Those who seek God spiritually will find him, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9). But those who refuse Christian spirituality will be unable to find God, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).