Tension redeemed


That word keeps popping up this week.

As a scholar with the spiritual gift of discernment, I like to know everything. But I don’t. I like to be able to clearly perceive right from wrong. But I can’t always do that. I like to have an answer to everything.

But sometimes that answer is a measly, “I don’t know.”

I don’t always like the tension of uncertainty. But as a musician, I realize that some musical dissonance is necessary to make a piece of music interesting. Could the same be true of life?

I spend most of my time on this blog discussing my opinions, but I rarely discuss my doubts. Yet, as a Christian skeptic, doubts are never in short supply. So, over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to spend some time talking about the dissonant passages of the musical score that is my worldview.

Instead of talking about what I know, I’m going to tell you all a little bit about what I don’t know. Tension gets a “bad rep,” but it can make music and life incredibly beautiful. So I’m going to embrace it.

Here’s to the dissonance that makes our lives interesting! To the things that we don’t know and the questions we can’t answer. And here’s to the things that we’ll just have to ask God about in heaven. 

Here’s to tension!

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  • http://hrh413.wordpress.com hrh413

    Can’t wait to hear them. My guess is I’ll have a lot of the same doubts. I’m glad you’re willing to discuss them :)

  • http://pauldebaufer.wordpress.com Paul DeBaufer

    Contrary to common church belief doubt can be very good as it underlies all questioning. No concept of God is ever complete.

    Tension is good. It is good to be able to hold two or more seemingly contradictory things in faith. Full human and fully divine? C’mon our faith is built on tension.

    I look forward to what you have to say on this. Thank you for tackling it.