Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Can we answer questions about God with certainty?

As a Christian when we interact with the people around, we are often asked questions. They can be about God, about the bible, about the Christian way of living, about the Christian perspective to a real-life problem or just to obtain a general advice.  The questions may come from our brothers and sisters in Christ. It can also come from friends and relatives who are not believers. It may even be a question that we have on our own.

I will just be very frank here. I used to think that the bible must be confusing as it says so many things. And people around me all have different interpretations. And they may all tell me they are following God. I would think the bible is not a clear source of information. But I was wrong. My opinion about God's Word totally changed when I see this promise in the bible years ago:
19 ..........I have taught you today, even you. 20Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, 21To make you know the certainty of the words of truth that you may correctly answer him who sent you? (Proverbs 22:19-21, NASB)
The bible is designed by God to educate us and enable us to answer with certainty so that we can be empowered to provide the right answers.
  1. Firstly, God Himself says that He is teaching us through His writing, which are "excellent things of counsels and knowledge". Could anyone's material be better? Is any writer in the world better than Him?  Does anyone know our learning style better than God? The answers to all the questions are clearly "no". God's material contained in the bible must have been the best there is for us.
  2. Secondly, the way the Lord describes it, that He is teaching "even us" and "haven't He wrote to us..", shows the dis-appropriate level of help He is giving us. Would you ask a billionaire to teach a little boy how to make a quarter by selling one ice cream? The billionaire is overqualified and could do much more for the boy. But comparing God to us, it is even more glaring. He is clearly infinitely overqualified as a Teacher. By speaking that way to us, God is telling us that He Himself is doing this and He is very confident that we will succeed.
  3. Thirdly, because He will teach us through His writings, the verse says that the end result is that we will know His Truth for sure and that we may provide those whom He send us to with accurate answers. This statement alone is astounding. 
God's Word cannot be wrong. Start reading the bible today. The Lord will teach you Himself. You will get solid food, not confusion. You will be sure and certain about His Truth. And you will be able to provide the right answers when the occasion arises. Exciting!

Shalom.

3 comments:

  1. Hi bro,

    While I agree that we should read the bible for ourselves, I cannot honestly say that I will be able to answer questions about God with certainty just by reading the bible because until I heard the revelations revealed by my pastor each Sunday, some portions of the bible are mystery to me +_+. One can read the bible to know about God's works and still not know about His ways. The 2 verses before Prov 22:19 also start with the word "Listen" which I think in today's context is to listen to anointed preaching and thereafter read the bible for ourselves - what do u think?

    Proverbs 22:

    17 Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge;

    18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them.

    19 So that your trust (belief, reliance, support, and confidence) may be in the Lord, I have made known these things to you today, even to you.

    20 Have I not written to you [long ago] excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

    21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?

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  2. Dear sis,

    Be encouraged. Noticed the verse says we would be able to answer those who sent for us. This means God will cause people to approach us and when that happens, God's says we will be able to answer well. It does not mean we are able to answer all questions about God at single point in time. The first gentile believer was saved by God who sent Peter to Cornelius' house. I think Peter also wasn't sure what to say. But at Cornelius house, Peter said what came out of His mouth and the entire Cornelius household was saved. At that point I don't think Peter may have all answers about God as well.

    Most of God's promises in the bible all look too good to be true. But as we hold on to His Word, over time, He will bring it to pass.

    This does not mean God has no other way for us to learn. There are such rich Christian materials in the form of books, testimonies, audio and video sermons etc. They are all there to enrich us.

    But on its own, God's word (as in the promise of this verse) will still stand. That's what I think.

    You are greatly blessed.

    Shalom.

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  3. Hi sis,

    I went to take a look at the verse 17 to 19 you mentioned. I think you brought up a good point for discussion.

    To me that's leads to trusting God, and is a little different from the succeeding verses. As later the Lord says He teaches the reader directly via the written Word. But that's just how I see it. We can look at it closer to get more clues.

    Thanks for pointing it out!

    Shalom.

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