“Have nothing to do with silly and ill-informed controversies which lead inevitably, as you know, to strife" (2 Timothy 2:23 Phillips); "But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments, because these are unprofitable and useless" (Titus 3:9).
Defend me, therefore, common sense, I say,/From reveries so airy, from the
toil/Of dropping buckets into empty wells,/And growing old in drawing nothing
up" (Cowper). Religion especially is not to satisfy our curiosity or to
answer speculative questions. It is to restore our relationship with God; to
sanctify our hearts and minds and prepare us for eternity. What good comes from
stirring up strife over whatever does not help us with this goal? Chaucer
shared this humorous bit of wisdom: "One shouldn't be too inquisitive in
life/Either about God's secrets or one's wife." Our question is not,
"Is my name written there, on the page white and fair?" but, "Is
my God written here, on my heart full of fear?" "What must [we] do to
be saved?" (Acts )
and "What must we do to do the works God requires?" (John 6:28) -
these are the compelling questions.
"...What may be known about God is plain..." (Romans 1:19). It is
"wise" men who have obscured the plain things. We have made a fine
art of wrangling and wresting from the very Word of God. "Where is the
wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not
God made foolish the wisdom of this world?" (1 Corinthians 1:20). Yes,
there are thoughts past our understanding, but God would not leave us without
precepts and promises that we can comprehend and believe beyond spiritual fatal
doubts. What kind of God would do that if He professes to be Love?
Patricia Erwin Nordman, Walking Through