Diving into Mystery

Do you ever wonder at some of the answers you have been given to questions you have.  The world being created in seven days is one good example.  The answers are usually given by someone who is absolutely sure that they are right.  There is no uncertainty to them.  It happened just the way it was written in the Bible.  If you really look at that person, you will see that they are very fearful.  They have built their entire worldview on the assumption that everything in the Bible happened just the way it was written.  I knew a guy who used to say that if just one thing was proved to be untrue, then it would be a lie.  And if there was just one lie, then it would ruin the whole thing.  Then he would ask if I would eat a bowl of food if there was just a tiny piece of feces in it?  That is the way many people think, so they will fight you tooth and nail if you try to question their answers.

In the tradition I follow we use the word “mystery”.  These are things you can question infinitely, like the trinity.  Sure people can spout out the doctrine of the trinity, but in no way does that fully explain it.  You can spend your entire life contemplating the awesome mystery of the trinity and never have all the answers.  We are finite creatures, our minds are limited, but the questions are as infinite as God.

What most people think is the answer is really only the starting point for a deeper understanding that will never be complete.

Faith is not about having all the answers.  Faith is acting in uncertainty.  To do what you believe God wants you to do without actually knowing for sure.  It is easier to act when you are certain, but St. Paul describes faith as walking without seeing.  Does it require faith to walk to the post office when you can see your way?  I don’t think so.  But what about a blind person who relies on a seeing-eye-dog?  That person has to have faith in that dog!

So I encourage you to let go of your certainty, and dive into the mystery.  Look beyond the answers to the deeper questions that lay just beneath.  And when you feel you have another answer look harder, and I bet you will find yourself another question.  One who delves into mysteries in this way is called a mystic.

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