I get asked questions sometimes that I feel are useful for a larger audience to consider and discuss. One such question was submitted to me by a reader a while back, which echoes the sentiments within many other similar questions I’ve received. Here’s the essence at the heart of those questions:
What do I do if I’m not sure what I believe?
First of all, don’t freak out. Most of the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament is about a priest suffering a crisis of faith. And though some argue it was more a fulfillment of prophecy (quoting a psalm) rather than a personal cry of distress, it’s hard not to feel Jesus’ own existential suffering when he cries out from the cross for a God who seems to be missing.
We tend to make the mistake, when leaning too heavily on the norms of modernist thinking, that what we believe should be provable, watertight, and presentable on demand. But faith is inherently more mysterious, more restless and fluid than this. It sits with open-ended questions and welcomes mystery, without necessarily having to wrap everything up in a neat little package.